- Listing on WABA’s business membership webpage with link to your business’s website
- Promotion upon joining through our social media networks, including Facebook, Twitter, and our blog (we have 5,500 Twitter followers and 6,700 Facebook friends)
- Use of WABA’s bike-friendly business window cling and/or digital logo
- Discounted WABA memberships ($10 off) for all employees
- Support in applying for Bicycle Friendly Business recognition from the League of American Bicyclists
1. I ride my bike to work every day anyway. It’s just like any other day.
2. I definitely do NOT need another t-shirt, water bottle, other free goodies OR the possibility of winning a bike.
3. I am sure the Transportation Departments already know how many people are commuting to work via bikes these days.
4. I’d much rather ride by myself and go to work the same way I always do. I know everybody who rides my route.Okay, yeah, you got us. We put the wrong list up. Take all of those things above and switch them to the opposite. WE WANT YOU TO REGISTER FOR BIKE TO WORK DAY! In all seriousness, we do need you to register. Even if you ride every day, even if you don’t want that special BTWD 2014 commemorative t-shirt. We need numbers. We need to show the growth every year. At some point, maybe we won’t be able to have Bike To Work Day because it will have become so huge that even 79 Pit Stops can’t hold us. Bike To Work day will be everyday. Biking to work will be such an easy, convenient and safe occurrence that no one will even remember that we ever celebrated Bike To Work Day. But until we get to that point, we really need your help. So register for Bike To Work Day and help us show strong numbers that convince area decision makers that we need safe trails, and lanes and other infrastructure in order for us to continue growing bicycling in the DC area.
As you probably know this week’s storms created a huge sewage spill along the CCT. As the areas largest organization that uses the trail I thought it might be helpful for you to hear directly from the NPS…. As we get more information from DCWater we will share it. We apologize for this situation and hope that DCWater mobilizes quickly to begin the cleanup and make the area safe for visitor use.A Quick Primer for Those Who Don’t Generally Pay Attention to Water Infrastructure A combined sewer line is a pipe that carries a combination of sewage from buildings and stormwater runoff from catchbasins to water treatment facilities. When rain falls in a sufficient amount that the pipes can’t handle the volume, those pipes are designed to overflow a mixture of sewage and stormwater into our water bodies, such as the Potomac. Mechanically, this overflow from the pipes happens when an inflatable dam that holds back the water is deflated to release the water and pressure. In this case, it appears that the inflatable dam did not deflate, so the mixture was forced to exit elsewhere and it did so through various other openings near the CCT. DC water has provided physical barricades, signage, and contractors indicating the trail’s closure and has a team working to clean the trail and nearby vegetation. Please respect the closure so that the cleanup team can get this work done as quickly as possible, as a spill of this sort raises human and environmental health concerns that must be addressed before the trail can be reopened.
Thanks, Kevin Brandt Superintendent
- The break caused an estimated 5 million gallons of Combined Sewage Outflow (combined storm water and raw sewage) to flow over land, across the CCT, and into the Potomac River.
- We are still working to understand the scope of impacts and damages to park resources and facilities
- The CCT from Fletchers Cove to Water Street in Georgetown is closed for the foreseeable future while repairs and clean-up are underway
- Respect the closures as they are in place for public health and safety reasons
- CCT users are being detoured onto the Canal towpath
- The NPS is working closely with DDOE, DOH and DC Water to be able to open this popular bicycle trail and crucial and commuter route as soon as it is safe to do so
- We expect to receive a clean-up plan from DC Water Friday or Saturday
- The NPS discourages public fishing and river use in the Potomac River south of and including Fletcher’s Cove at least until Monday May 5th at noon. The NPS further recommends that users who may have contacted contaminated surfaces or the river sanitize equipment, clothing and skin.
- Untreated sewage may contain many pathogens causing a variety of illnesses ranging from e-coli to hepatitis. If people come into contact with the untreated flow they risk getting sick and bringing these pathogens into their homes.Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park
- Protected bile lanes on M St NW and First St NE.
- Expanding Capital Bikeshare to over 200 stations in DC, VA and MD, including Alexandria and Montgomery counties.
- Securing funding for snow removal on Arlington bike trails.
- Passage of the 3 Foot Passing Law in VA
- Passage of the Bicycle Safety Amendment in DC
- May 3: ABCs of Family Biking – Join WABA, DC Safe Routes to School and Kidical Mass DC, 11am-2pm for a free and fun event about biking with kids. We’ll even have a special bike course for the little ones.
- May 7: Bike to School Day – If you have little ones, or can borrow some for the day, take them on a bike ride to school. WABA will be joining along with some of the day’s bike trains to schools. Our Bike Ambassadors will also have a helmet decorating station at Lincoln Park on Capitol Hill in the morning.
- May 9: Free Coffee on the Met Branch Trail – Join our Trail Rangers for free coffee on your morning commute, 7:30-9am on the MBT at 4th and S St NE.
- May 10-11: City Cycling – Bike like a pro. The weekend before BTWD, take a City Cycling class with WABA to learn more about riding confidently in traffic.
- May 12: Bike to Work Diva Happy Hour– If you’re a lady, you should grab a beer with our Women and Bicycles group to prep for BTWD. At the happy hour: you can meet a friend to bike with if it’s your first BTWD, or if you’re a BTWD pro then you can help guide a newbie.
- May 12: Everyday Bicycling Seminar – Attend our FREE seminar at the MLK Library to learn more about urban biking and how to become a pro at your bike commute.
- May 16: Bike to Work Day – Join more than 14,000 area cyclists and register today to reserve your free t-shirt.
- May 31: Tour de Fat – THE best way to end your Bike Month. Come out for a bicycle festival with New Belgium Brewing (so yes, there’s great beer!) where proceeds benefit WABA.
- Open Forum, 11:00am-1:00pm: A chance to talk, ask questions, and share tips with area parents who bike with children of all ages
- Bike & Gear Show, 11:00am-2:00pm: See and test out all the bikes and gear from local bike shops designed to help parents bike safely with their children
- Free Youth Bike Course, 11:00am-12:30pm: WABA’s Youth Challenge Course teaches kids riding skills while having fun! Kids’ bikes & helmets will be available, or bring your own! Parents must sign a waiver in order for kids to participate.
- Parents & Kids Riding Class, 1:00pm-2:00pm: Parents and kids will learn skills for biking together, either as a family or in a “bike train” group. All participants are encouraged to bring their own bikes & helmets. All participants will be required to sign a waiver.
- “Swap or Sell” Meet, 11:00am-2:00pm: Bring your gently used family biking equipment to trade or sell.