How does partying for better bicycling work?WABA and four other rad bike non-profits in our region receive 100% of the proceeds from beer sales during the festival. And that really adds up. In 2015, the event raised more than $50,000. You’re making a big difference in funding our advocacy and outreach work. WABA’s advocacy, community outreach and education efforts are all people-powered—it takes a lot of people’s time, expertise, and capacity to organize for new bike lanes, protected infrastructure, and better bike policies. Tour de Fat has the capacity to raise enough support for a full-time WABA staff person – that’s one more person tracking issues, devising campaigns, keeping you up-to-date, and implementing, implementing, implementing.
Who benefits from Tour de Fat?In order to help spread the bike love, we’ve partnered with four other bicycle non-profit organizations in the region. Check out their cool work: WABA (that’s us!) works in the greater D.C. area to get more people on bikes, make bicycling safe, and expand and enhance bike infrastructure. We want to make getting to places by bike easier and a more viable transportation option. Black Women Bike DC is a rad group of women working to build community and support to inspire more black women to bike through education programs, advocacy, and rides. Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling works to make bicycling an integral part of the transportation network in Fairfax County, VA. They sponsor social rides throughout Fairfax and work on a laundry list of advocacy campaigns to make bicycling more accessible. Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts represents the area’s mountain biking community and works to maintain regional trails. MORE organizes hundreds of rides and events per year. Phoenix Bikes is local bicycle co-op that supports youth in the D.C. metro area, providing a safe, nurturing, and educational environment that reinforces teamwork, hard work, and entrepreneurship through bike maintenance and education programs. So don’t forget to get your tickets to the show! When: Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 from 4-9pm Location:136 N St SE, Washington, DC (exciting new venue!)
More fun for your buck:Bring some friends and get cheaper tickets on Groupon, enter to win free tickets from Yelp, or volunteer for a shift and get free admission for you and a friend.
Be safe: please don’t drink and bike.We realize we are a bike organization and are asking you, presumably someone who will be biking, to come out to a beer and music festival, drink beer, and help us raise support for WABA. And the more you drink, the more support we raise. But most importantly, we want you to have fun and to be safe. Please drink and act and bike responsibly. Consider taking rideshare or public transportation. Tour de Fat is located next to the Nationals baseball stadium, so it is a three minute walk from the Navy Yard Metro Station. If you want to still bike, you should still bike! But if you enjoy a few craft brews, we encourage you to take the metro home. It will be off-peak hours, so you will be able to metro home with your bicycle.
Biking is resilient. And biking isn’t going anywhere. Donate to a better 2017.
The success of biking will continue because we have support from people like you. Your commitment to WABA is changing lives in your neighborhood. And you are leaving a lasting mark on our nation’s capital. Our trails stay paved. Our bike lanes stay painted. Our laws stay written. And you know what they say about riding a bike—the people we teach to ride never forget. This work has staying power.
Thank you for contributing to a hefty to-do list in 2016. Biking is only getting better.
Over the next few days we’ll send you more information on our 2016 wins, our 2017 plans, and our vision for biking in the greater Washington region. Thanks to you, we have the power to make concrete improvements in our backyard. Donate now and we won’t send you any more requests for a year-end gift. Instead, for a contribution of $100 or more, we’ll send a complete set of four better biking postcards.
- Double our schedule of Adult Learn to Ride classes,
- Host our second BikeCamp! where campers biked, volunteered, and adventured around DC,
- Launch our first overnight bike camping tour,
- Support the region’s first annual DC Bike Ride,
- Build out our region-wide Vision Zero campaign, legal advocacy and crash victim support program,
- Mobilize the region’s first trail coalition to build more trails, trails, trails, trails!
- Secure funding for more bike lanes, advocate for more bike lanes, and celebrate more bike lanes!
Please celebrate these 2016 wins every time you get out on your bike, and please consider donating to better biking in 2017. Every dollar you contribute is a direct investment in every bike ride.
Donate $100 or more and you’ll receive a complete set of our Better Biking prints!
If you’d like to process your donation over the phone, give us a call at 202-518-0524 X 202. Checks can be made out to WABA and sent to 2599 Ontario Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20009.The Washington Area Bicyclist Association is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Donations to WABA are tax-deductible to fullest extent of the law. All donations postmarked before 12/31/16 can be claimed as a 2016 donation.
- Inspire more people to give biking a try.
- Inform all road-users about vital rules and roadway etiquette.
- Empower more people to create and grow biking in their communities.
Here’s all the programming your contributions support:
- Youth and family education: training up new generations in schools, workshops and rodeos, and our summer Bike Camp!
- Adult education: teaching people how to bike confidently, legally, and respectfully through City Cycling classes, Adult Learn to Ride classes, and workplace Everyday Biking Seminars,
- The DC Bike Ambassador and PAL Ambassadors: empowering volunteers to lead community-driven outreach,
- Women & Bicycles: inspiring more women to bike, teach, engineer, plan, and advocate within the bike movement,
- And the Trail Rangers: spreading care and caring for DC trails.
2016 Education By The Numbers
- Adults taught how to ride a bicycle: 288
- People taught to ride confidently, legally, and respectfully: 457
- People taught how to bike to work: 330
- Hours of teaching by WABA instructors: 541
- Bike Camp! miles ridden by campers: 122
- Kids taught to bike better: 2,145
- Bike puns: [number redacted]
2016 Outreach By The Numbers:
- Volunteer Ambassadors: 225
- Miles ridden pulling our Bike PSA trailers: 284
- Bags of debris collected by Trail Rangers: 223
- Bells distributed on the trails: 100
- Coffee distributed on the trails: 1,920 ounces
- Days of the week the Rangers are out on trails: 7
- One-on-one conversations at community events, fairs, and expos: 9,140 (yep, we count them!)
Quick rundown: here’s what makes the Alexandria Bike Campus awesome:
- It’s the first of its kind in our region! Baltimore has one, Austin has one, Santa Monica has one. We deserve one!
- Anyone can go learn, practice, teach, anytime, any day – especially the days we’re teaching classes.
- The design is simple. It’s paint and instructional signage. And it’s a pilot. Over time we’ll try to build it out to a 3D streetscape!
- We’re grateful to partner with National Park Service, and plan to get to work and launch this fall.
- We’re grateful for any leads on other potential bike campus locations and partners. You know you want one in your neighborhood!