in early 2021, WABA hosted a Bikeable, Walkable Streets workshop for Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners. We explored some effective options for making streets more inclusive, how DC’s Department of Transportation moves forward street safety and redesign projects, how to participate in that process some tactics to get a good idea moving.
In the second half, a panel of past and current commissioners shared their experience and tips on workshopping ideas, building consensus among residents and stakeholders, and getting safe streets projects done.
Salim Adofo – Commissioner 8C07
Monique Diop – Commissioner 8D04
Randy Downs – Former Commissioner 2B05
Erin Palmer – Commissioner 4B02
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to download the slides.
Have you seen Part 1 of Trey’s How to do a Wheelie Series?
Well here’s Part 2 of How to do a Wheelie where Trey and a few friends will demonstrate how to get that front wheel off the ground while learning how to control and balance yourself. If you are up for the challenge, follow along and then take your bike outside to practice. With practice and determination, you’ll be able to wheelie your bike like a pro! (Starring Andre Cousart, Daiquan Medley and Trey Robinson)
Do you want to challenge yourself to learn how to wheelie a bicycle? If the answer is yes, follow along with WABA’s Trey Robinson as he tells you everything you need to know about wheelies. Part 1 of a 2 part How to Wheelie Series will cover all the things you should know before you attempt this cool trick. Prepare yourself for a fun ride as you join us on your journey to learning how to wheelie!
Spoiler: We think bicycles are the bee’s knees. They efficiently help people move from place to place and excel at moving stuff. You can use your bike to carry your work or school essentials, your groceries, your child(ren), gardening supplies, or even construction materials.
It might take some planning and logistics at first, but once you have your routine and gear down, you can carry (almost) anything on a bike! Here are some ways to turn your bike into a utilitarian hauler.
Backpacks or messenger bags are an easy way to start carrying light loads. You can carry a change of clothes, work or school supplies, or picnic snacks. They are great for short commutes and quick errands.
You probably already have one.
Great for using on a Capital Bikeshare bike!
Can lead to sweaty backs
May be uncomfortable on longer rides
Bicycle racks are perhaps the most utilitarian accessory for your bicycle and will help you carry even more things. The most common type attaches to the back of your bicycle over the rear wheel, but you can also attach them to your seat post or the front of your bicycle. Great racks cost as little as $25 and you can often find them used or second hand. Pair them with crates, bags, and bungees to help you secure your load and carry even more.
Increases your carrying capacity
They add some weight to your bike (but aren’t we talking about carrying things?)
Panniers = Bag + Rack
Panniers come in all shapes, colors, sizes, and prices, but fundamentally they are bags that attach to your rack. They increase your capacity to carry things and transfer on and off your bike with ease. Look for handy features such as waterproofing, reflective material, and pockets, but ultimately you should decide what works for you based on your budget and needs. Here is a handy tutorial on attaching panniers to your shopping cart.
Increases your carrying capacity
Keeps weight low to the ground
Often come with waterproofing and reflective material, great commuter features
Some models are pricey
Heavy loads require balanced packing
Baskets are an affordable and easy to install accessory. Front baskets can mount to your handlebars or front rack and are great for short errands or carrying your daily essentials. You can also attach a basket to the top or side of your rear rack, which is great for grocery runs and larger objects. Pair them with bungees, a cargo net, or straps to cinch down your load and keep your items safe and stable.
Affordable and easy to attach
Pairs well with a bag – place it in the basket or wear it to add more carrying space
Heavy loads on a front rack can change how your bike steers
Difficult to waterproof
Trailers attach to your bicycle allowing you to drag things behind you. Trailers are often designed with a specific use, such as for hauling gear or pets or kids. Kids trailers can work double-duty. You can use them to get groceries and some models allow you to use them as a jogging stroller.
Great for large loads like groceries, construction material, kids, and pets
Limited effects on steering
Require a decent amount of storage space
The key thing to remember when looking at gear for carrying things by bicycle is to assess your needs. Are you looking to replace all of your car grocery runs or just small ones? Do you plan to carry things for a small household or a large family? All of these options are possible and help to reduce car use and mitigate climate change impact. If you are not sure what works for you, borrow gear from a friend or look for second-hand options that will help you figure out what works for you. Or you can reach us at email@example.com and we are happy to provide suggestions.
Sometimes you need to take your bike on the train or bus. Biking is a great way to connect that last block or mile between a transit stop and your destination, or a great way to get to a trail for a recreational ride. Maybe you’ve got a flat tire you don’t want to deal with, or it’s just been on a long ride and want another way to get home. Here’s how to do it:
Bikes on Metrorail
For your own safety and those around you, it’s best to take the elevator down to the platform. When the train arrives, wait for everyone else to get off before attempting to board. When you do board, be sure to do it from the outside doors rather than the center door. While on the train, do your best to avoid blocking aisles and doors. Some railcar segments end in a little nook that offers a great way to stabilize yourself and your bike while keeping your bike out of the way of other people.
Bikes are welcome on Metrorail during all hours of operation except a couple of holidays. Even still, WABA recommends avoiding rush hour if you can. If that’s not possible then remember to be patient, and don’t try to squeeze onto a crowded train.
With the racks in front of most metro buses, it’s easy to take your bike with you. The video below offers a visual demonstration of how to operate the rack and load your bike.
While riding, be sure to keep an eye on your bike. You can try for one of the front seats or take a standing position in the space allowed. When near or approaching your stop, remind the bus driver that you’re retrieving your bike from the rack.
Bikes on the Streetcar
Bikes are even allowed on the DC Streetcar! Many of the same tips recommended for Metrorail apply, with a few differences. On the streetcar you want to board using the center door.
When in doubt, check out WMATA and DC Streetcar guidelines for riding with your bike.