DC’s first-ever Open Streets: we’re impressed (and want more)!

Woah! The District of Columbia’s first-ever Open Streets was on October 5th and we had so much fun!

How about you? How did you enjoy our car-free streets? Did you do some dancing? Did you ride your bike with child-like joy? Did you grab a bite with your friends and family at any of Georgia Avenue’s businesses?

We were busy encouraging family-friendly biking at our ABCs of Family Biking, teaching bike (and scooter) safety skills at our Confident City Cycling class, and promoting low-stress, high-joy riding on our pumpkin pop-up protected bike lane. (Check out the gallery below to get a glimpse of all the fun!)

But we also took a few minutes to take it all in and visualize what streets for people, everywhere, all the time looks like. And, we want it to happen again, and again, and again. 

Do you want that, too? Then let Mayor Muriel Bowser know how great the event was and that you want more! Email the Mayor’s Office to share your favorite moment of the day or answer her call on Twitter. (Feel free to personalize your message to the Mayor – share your favorite part of Open Streets!)

¡Estamos contratando! Se solicita unx Coordinadorx de Divulgación Comunitaria

Haga clic aquí para acceder a esta descripción de trabajo en inglés.

WABA, la Asociación de Ciclistas del Área de Washington, está buscando unx Coordinadorx de Divulgación Comunitaria de tiempo completo para unirse a nuestro equipo de Programas. Esta posición será responsable por la divulgación de nuestros programas para personas que se identifiquen como mujeres/trans/femme y/o como Latinx en el área de Washington, DC. Esta posición reportará directamente a la Outreach Manager (Gerente de Divulgación) y es clave para nuestra estrategia de promoción al uso de la bicicleta. La persona trabajará junto al equipo de programas para desarrollar nuevas estrategias de difusión en línea con el compromiso de WABA con la equidad, la diversidad y la inclusión en toda la región.

En promedio, el 60% de las personas clasifican su interés en andar en bicicleta como “interesadas pero preocupadas” y estarían dispuestas a andar en bicicleta si se contestarían sus preguntas o inquietudes. Como una estrategia para aumentar la cantidad de personas que andan en bicicleta, el programa de divulgación de WABA busca reducir las barreras para el ciclismo, construir enlaces y comunidad y alentar a nuevos ciclistas a través de la programación, recursos y eventos. Nuestro enfoque reconoce que la identidad, los barrios, la experiencia vivida y otros factores influencian la experiencia de todos con el ciclismo y, por lo tanto, nuestro programa también debe ser específico y culturalmente competente.

La/el Coordinadorx de Divulgación Comunitaria facilitará, conectará y creará programas para apoyar y aumentar el número de personas que andan en bicicleta en la región de DC que se identifiquen como mujeres/trans/femme y Latinx. La persona ejecutará y mejorará el exitoso programa de Mujeres y Bicicletas (Women & Bicycles) basado en la tutoría entre pares, el intercambio de conocimientos y la construcción de la comunidad. El programa ha duplicado el número de mujeres en bicicleta en la región de DC desde que comenzó en 2013. Informado por la experiencia y el conocimiento del programa, la/el Coordinadorx ampliará la programación de WABA enfocada en la comunidad Latinx.

Responsabilidades

La/el Coordinadorx de Divulgación Comunitaria, con el apoyo de la Gerente de Alcance, desarrollará e implementará una programación creativa y cautivadora enfocada en apoyar y hacer crecer las comunidades de mujeres/trans/femme (50% del tiempo) y Latinx (50% del tiempo) en bicicleta en Washington, DC a través de eventos organizados por WABA y conectando grupos e individuos.

La/el Coordinadorx será responsable por:

  • Ejecutar un programa de divulgación interseccional que reconozca la multitud de identidades y promueva la diversidad, la inclusión y la equidad.
  • Planificar y organizar actividades, reuniones, atracciones, talleres y otros eventos que apoyen y aumenten el conocimiento y el numero de ciclistas en las comunidades mujeres/trans/femme y Latinx, con un enfoque particular en asegurar que los más marginalizados se sientan incluidos.
  • Fomentar, apoyar y proporcionar materiales y recursos para que los miembros de la comunidad organicen sus propias reuniones y otros eventos para el conocimiento y el numero de ciclistas a través de su propio compromiso y tutoría entre pares.
  • Planificar y facilitar el programa Roll Models (Modelos a Seguir), un programa de apoyo entre pares dedicado a alentar, educar y capacitar a las mujeres/trans/femme que andan en bicicleta.
  • Apoyar y alentar los programas, eventos y comunicaciones de WABA para que sean más accesibles y acogedores para las comunidades Latinx y de mujeres/trans/femme, incluso a través del alcance y la construcción de relaciones, recursos impresos y en línea, y facilitando las traducciones al español.
  • Participar en el grupo de Facebook de Mujeres y Bicicletas que tiene más de 7,000 miembros, actualmente dirigido por moderadoras voluntarias dedicadas.
  • Establecer relaciones con grupos comunitarios para apoyar sus eventos y compartir los recursos y la programación existentes de WABA.

Calificaciones

Usted debe presentar una solicitud si cumple con el 75 – 85% + de los siguientes criterios:

  • Habilidades interpersonales, tanto verbales como escritas, sinceras y entusiasmadas.
  • Habilidades creativas para resolver problemas, atención al detalle y capacidad para innovar.
  • Ideas creativas para eventos y participación.
  • Experiencia con la divulgación pública.
  • Experiencia vivida y/o competencia cultural con las comunidades priorizadas.
  • Dominio nativo, bilingüe o profesional completo del español.
  • Excelentes habilidades de comunicación en entornos informales y a través de líneas de diferencia.
  • Un historial comprobado por ser confiable, puntual y comunicativa.
  • Tener la disposición a ampliar su conocimiento sobre los impactos sociales de la raza, el género, la identidad y cómo se intersectan con su trabajo.
  • Un fuerte compromiso con la misión, visión y objetivos de diversidad, inclusión y equidad de WABA.
  • Un compromiso de respetar, incluir y ser amable con todos.
  • Un compromiso de ser unx ciclista segurx y ejemplar.
  • La capacidad de organizar el tiempo inteligentemente y equilibrar múltiples prioridades.
  • Disponibilidad de trabajo por la noche y fines de semana.

Sobre WABA

La Asociación de Ciclistas del Área de Washington (WABA, por sus siglas en inglés) está trabajando para crear una región saludable y más habitable promoviendo el ciclismo para la diversión, el ejercicio y el transporte asequible; abogando por mejores condiciones para andar en bicicleta y opciones de transporte para un ambiente más saludable; y educando a niños, adultos y automovilistas sobre el ciclismo seguro.

Los programas de WABA, desde la educación juvenil hasta la organización comunitaria de base, involucran a los residentes del condado de Prince George’s, el condado de Montgomery, Alexandria, el condado de Arlington, el condado de Fairfax y Washington, DC. Seis mil miembros que pagan cuotas y miles de seguidores generosos han ayudado a WABA a transformar el ciclismo en la región una y otra vez durante sus casi 50 años de historia.

WABA imagina una región en la que el ciclismo es alegre, seguro, popular y liberador; respaldado por la infraestructura, leyes, actividades e inversiones necesarias; y donde los ciclistas reflejan la increíble diversidad de nuestras comunidades.

Detalles de Empleo

Este puesto es a tiempo completo. El rango de salario esperado es de $ 40,000 a $ 45,000. El puesto se basa en la oficina de WABA en Adams Morgan, Washington, DC. Se espera que todos los empleados trabajen algunas noches y fines de semana con tiempo compensatorio a cambio. Esta posición reportará a la Outreach Manager (Gerente de Divulgación) de WABA.

Los beneficios incluyen el 100% de las primas de seguro de salud/dental/visión cubiertas por WABA; vacaciones y baja por enfermedad; colegas comprometidos; un ambiente de trabajo divertido; seguro opcional de accidentes y/o discapacidad; programa de jubilación 403 (b); estacionamiento interior para bicicletas; y sorprendentes cantidades de paletas.

WABA se compromete a proporcionar igualdad de oportunidades de empleo para todas las personas, independientemente de su raza, color, religión, origen nacional, estado civil, antecedentes penales o condenas penales, afiliación política, orientación sexual o identidad de género, discapacidad, sexo o edad.

Cómo Aplicar

Envíe una carta de presentación y currículum como PDF(s) a jobs@waba.org. Incluya ” Coordinadorx de Divulgación Comunitaria” en la línea de asunto. Llamadas telefónicas al (202) 518-0524 x206 solamente si no tienes acceso fácil a internet, por favor.

Las aplicaciones serán revisadas de forma continua; el puesto permanecerá publicado hasta que se cubra. Se recomienda a los candidatos interesados ​​que presenten su solicitud antes del miércoles 4 de septiembre. Solo los candidatos seleccionados para una entrevista serán contactados.

We’re Hiring: Community Outreach Coordinator

Click here for the job description in Spanish

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is looking for a full-time Community Outreach Coordinator to join our Programs Team. The Community Outreach Coordinator will be responsible for running outreach programming to women/trans/femme identifying, and Latinx-identifying residents of the Washington, DC area and will report to the Outreach Manager. This position is key to WABA’s overarching outreach strategy and will work with program staff to develop new approaches to bicycle outreach and encouragement in line with WABA’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the region.

On average, 60% of people are “interested but concerned” about bicycling and might bike if their questions or concerns were met. As one strategy to increase the number of people who bicycle, WABA’s outreach program seeks to lower barriers to bicycling and bicycle advocacy, build community, and encourage new bicyclists through programming, resources and events. Our approach acknowledges that identity, neighborhoods, lived experience and other factors shape everyone’s experience with bicycling, and therefore outreach must be specific and culturally competent. 

The Community Outreach Coordinator will facilitate, connect and build programming to support and increase the number of women/trans/femme and Latinx identifying individuals bicycling in the DC region. The Coordinator will run and improve the successful Women & Bicycles program based on peer to peer mentoring, knowledge sharing and community building that has doubled the number women biking in the DC region since the program began in 2013. Informed by experience and knowledge with the Women & Bicycles program model, the Coordinator will expand WABA’s Latinx outreach programming. 

Responsibilities

The Community Outreach Coordinator, with support from the Outreach Manager, will develop and implement creative and engaging programming focused on supporting and growing the women/trans/femme (50% of time) and Latinx (50% of time) bicycling communities in the Washington, DC region through WABA-hosted events, and connecting groups and individuals. 

The coordinator will:

  • Run an intersectional outreach program that recognizes the multitudes of identities and promotes diversity, inclusion, and equity. 
  • Plan, organize, and host activities, meetups, rides, workshops, and other events that support and grow ridership and knowledge of bicycling in women/trans/femme identifying bicycle-riding individuals (as part of the Women & Bicycles program) and Latinx communities with a particular focus on ensuring the most marginalized feel included. 
  • Encourage, support, and provide materials and resources for community members to host meetups and other events to grow ridership and knowledge through their own engagement and peer mentoring. 
  • Plan and facilitate WABA’s Women & Bicycles Roll Model program, a peer-to-peer support program dedicated to encouraging, educating, and empowering women/trans/femme identifying bicycle-riding individuals.
  • Support and encourage WABA’s programs, events, and communications to be more accessible and welcoming to Latinx and women/trans/femme communities, including through outreach and relationship-building, printed and online resources, and facilitating Spanish-language translations.  
  • Engage with WABA’s 7,000+ member Women & Bicycles Facebook group, currently run by dedicated volunteer moderators.
  • Build relationships with community groups to support their events and to share WABA’s existing resources and programming.

Qualifications

You should apply if you meet 75 – 85%+ of the following criteria:

  • Enthusiastic, sincere interpersonal and communications skills, both verbal and written, including active listening and learning. 
  • Creative problem-solving skills, attention to detail and capacity to innovate.
  • Creative ideas for events and engagement.
  • Experience leading public outreach.
  • Lived experience and/or cultural competence with the prioritized communities.
  • Native, bilingual, or full professional proficiency in Spanish.
  • Excellent communication skills in informal settings and across lines of difference.
  • A proven track record for being dependable, timely, and communicative.
  • The willingness to further their knowledge on the societal impacts of race, gender, identity, and how they intersect with their job.
  • A strong commitment to WABA’s mission, vision, and diversity, inclusion and equity goals.
  • A commitment to respect, include, and be kind to all. 
  • A commitment to being a safe and exemplary bicyclist when you ride. 
  • The ability to organize time wisely and juggle multiple priorities.
  • Some evening and weekend work availability. 

About WABA

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is working to create a healthy, more livable region by promoting bicycling for fun, fitness, and affordable transportation; advocating for better bicycling conditions and transportation choices for a healthier environment; and educating children, adults, and motorists about safe bicycling.

WABA’s programs, from youth education to grassroots community organizing, engage residents in Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, and Washington, DC. Six thousand dues-paying members and thousands more generous supporters have helped WABA transform bicycling in the region again and again over its almost 50 year history.

WABA envisions a region in which bicycling is joyful, safe, popular, and liberating; supported by the necessary infrastructure, laws, activities, and investments; and where bicycle ridership mirrors the incredible diversity of our communities.

Employment Details

This position is full-time. Expected salary range is $40,000-$45,000. The position is based in the WABA Office in Adams Morgan, Washington, DC. All employees are expected to work some evenings and weekends with compensatory time in exchange. This position will report to WABA’s Outreach Manager.

Benefits include 100% employer covered health/dental/vision insurance premiums; vacation and sick leave; committed colleagues; fun working environment; optional voluntary accident/disability insurance; WABA’s 403(b) retirement program; indoor bike parking; and surprising amounts of popsicles.

WABA is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, arrest record or criminal convictions, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, sex, or age.

Apply

Send a cover letter and resume as a PDF(s) to jobs@waba.org. Please include “Community Outreach Coordinator” in the subject line. Phone calls at (202) 518-0524 x208 only if you do not have easy internet access please.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; the position will remain posted until filled. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply by or before Wednesday, September 4th. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Tales and Trails: Trail History of Anacostia Park

Why was Anacostia Park home to thousands of people when the Bonus Army was in town? Who participated in the Pearl escape attempt in 1848? Learn more about Anacostia Park with National Park Service and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association on three FREE guided history rides this summer:

May 26th – The Parks of Capitol Hill

10 AM – 1 PM
Lincoln Park at the Emancipation Statue
ASL interpreted

More details and required registration here.

June 30 – The Bonus Army

10 AM – 1 PM
Anacostia Dr and Good Hope Rd SE
ASL interpreted

More details and required registration here.

August 31st – The History of Anacostia Park

10 AM – 1 pm
Anacostia Dr and Good Hope Rd SE
ASL interpreted

More details and required registration here.

Learn how to pilot a tandem!

Are you looking for a great opportunity to bring the fun and fitness of cycling to more people throughout the DC area, while exploring new neighborhoods and becoming part of a fun and laid-back riding group?

WABA and the Metropolitan Washington Association of Blind Athletes (MWABA) are looking for new captains (front seat) to ride with blind/visually impaired stokers (back seat) of a tandem.

WABA and MWABA!

How does it work?  MWABA provides the bikes and training for the new riders (both captains and stokers). MWABA’s tandem bicycle rides are 5:45 PM every Thursday from April to October.

But I’ve never done this before! No worries! Join MWABA and WABA on Thursday, April 4 at 5:15 PM at the Eastern Market Metro for a 30-minute orientation and tandem ride. The training and ride will be about two hours long.

If you’d like to attend the training, please email Karla Gilbride at karla.gilbride@gmail.com to ensure that there are enough bikes for everyone.

What should I bring? Helmets are required. No tandem experience (in either position) is necessary, but patience and willingness to make mistakes and learn are highly encouraged.

Do I need a bike? Most captains do not own a tandem and do not have tandem experience. Rather, they are cycling or fitness enthusiasts who want a new challenge.

What is the time commitment? The training and ride on Thursday, April 4 will be about two hours long. Once you’ve completed a training and joined the mailing list, you will receive an e-mail on Sunday asking who is interested in riding the following Thursday. You will be matched you with a stoker and receive details about the ride. You can ride as often or as infrequently as your schedule allows!

Where’s WABA?: September Edition

Have a trail or bike question? You’re in luck because it’s September – which means all the street festivals happen and WABA has a busy schedule planned! We’ll have trivia, oodles of really great bike maps and lots of thoughts on getting around our region.

Find us at:

Park(ing) Day
Friday September 21st, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
2101 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, Washington DC

Hillcrest Community Day
Saturday September 22nd, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
3100 Denver St SE, Washington DC

DC State Fair
Sunday September 23rd, 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
4th and M St SW, DC

H St Festival
Saturday October 13th, 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
~600 H St NE, Washington DC

Want to help us spread bike love and talk your socks off? Volunteer as part of our outreach team.

We’re Hiring: DC Bike Ambassador (Part-Time)

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association is looking for an outgoing, energetic, and motivated person to help run the D.C. Bike Ambassador program. The program’s goal is to establish WABA’s presence city-wide, to foster a positive impression of bicycling and bicyclists and to educate residents and local organizations about bike laws, roadway safety, and potential benefits of bicycling to individuals, families, workplaces, and communities.

The D.C. Bike Ambassador will promote WABA’s programs and the Bike Ambassadors’ core messaging, as well as coordinate volunteer Bike Ambassador outreach events, and help recruit local residents to become volunteer Ambassadors and attend WABA classes, programs, and events.

This position is part-time, 20 hours per week and compensation is $15 per hour.

Responsibilities

  • Implement Bike Ambassador outreach, education, encouragement, and community organizing events for WABA.
  • Recruit and energize our team of volunteer D.C. Bike Ambassadors.
  • Distribute print resources to community members, such as D.C. bike maps, Quick Start Guides, D.C. Pocket Law Guides, Capital Bikeshare information, and WABA education and promotional materials.
  • Pull the WABA Bike Ambassador billboard bike trailer (up to 20 miles/week).
  • Complete administrative and reporting requirements.
  • Report to, communicate and coordinate regularly and effectively with supervisor about goals, planning and logistics, reporting, challenges and issues.
  • Other WABA duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A strong commitment to WABA’s mission.
  • Willingness and excitement to learn bicycling safety, traffic law, skills, and WABA’s bike encouragement philosophy.
  • Experience planning events and coordinating volunteers.
  • Excellent presentation and public speaking skills.
  • A flexible schedule and willingness to work evenings, and weekends.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office, Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Drive/Docs/Sheets, Forms), Facebook and Twitter.
  • The ability to pull a bicycle trailer weighing 10 lbs. for 1-3 hours.
  • The ability to lift at least 40 lbs.
  • Organized, good time management skills and ability to multitask in a relaxed, fun environment.
  • Conversational fluency in Spanish (strongly preferred).
  • Familiarity with American Sign Language (ASL) a plus.
  • League of American Cycling Instructor (LCI) certification a plus.

About the Washington Area Bicyclist Association

Making bicycling better through advocacy and education, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) promotes biking as a healthy, low-cost, and environmentally-friendly form of transportation and recreation. With 6,500 members region-wide, WABA serves the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area, including the District of Columbia and communities in Maryland and Virginia.

To Apply

Send a cover letter and resume to jobs@waba.org with “Bike Ambassador.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; the position will remain open until filled. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply by or before Friday, September 22nd, 2018. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

WABA is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, arrest record or criminal convictions, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, sex, or age.

How to Find a Trail Ranger Near You

The WABA Trail Ranger team has been everywhere this summer! Well, everywhere near the Anacostia River Trail, Marvin Gaye Trail, Suitland Parkway Trail and Metropolitan Branch Trail.

But as a primarily roving field-based team, we’re hard to find sometimes. Ever try to find two people in green shirts on 16 miles of one trail? Nah, thanks.

So we’re delighted that we’ll be at a bunch of different community events this month! A publicly announced exact location for a predetermined amount of time!

Need a 2018 bike map? Have a trail question? Come say hi!

Saturday August 4th – DC Bike Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
2241 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE

Sunday August 5thCapitol Riverfront Farmers Market
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
200 M St NE

Saturday August 11th – SW Community Day
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
1098 Delaware Ave SW

Saturday August 18th – Quarels St Farmers Market
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
4404 Quarels St NE

Saturday August 25thDowntown Anacostia Farmers Market
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
13th and W St SE

Volunteer with the Trail Ranger Team!

Want to explore and give back to the trails with an expert team? Join us on weekdays on the trails! Really like talking up trails? Join us on weekends doing outreach at festivals!

The Trail Ranger team is looking for a few folks to join our volunteer cadre. Volunteer Trail Rangers allow the program to have greater impact, build trail support through experience and bring fresh ideas to our program.

What you get: a chance to explore new trails, see behind the scenes of how our trails operate and help keep your community rolling and walking along our trails.

So what exactly are you proposing here?

Trail Ranger volunteer shifts are mostly 4 hours long. Trail shifts meet at a Metro station close to the day’s trail primarily during weekdays. The team meets you there with all the tools and supplies needed for the workday. You and the team ride to the trail and spend a few hours riding the trail, fixing or reporting maintenance issues and talking with trail users. You’ll likely stop for a few snack and water breaks, and potentially join the team for lunch.

The Trail Ranger team rides on Anacostia River Trail, Marvin Gaye Trail, Suitland Parkway Trail and Metropolitan Branch Trail.

We bring all the work tools – we do ask that volunteers come with everything to keep themselves safe and rolling: a working bicycle and helmet, water bottles, snacks, sunscreen and work appropriate clothing.

All shifts are coordinated via a signup form and sent to the volunteer group every two weeks.

But what about weekends?

Most weekends the Trail Ranger team is hosting events or joining festivals to talk up our trails. Do you like talking to folks and spreading the love of bicycling and trails? Oh boy, do we have the role for you!

We could always use a few more folks joining us at major festivals. All volunteer tabling is coordinated through the same process as shift volunteering.

So how do I join??

We require you attend a one hour training conference call to make sure that we’re all on the same page about legal road riding, how to do outreach and how to be a Trail Ranger. Sign up here.

Already been to a training call? Shifts are here.

Meet James Ploeser, our new DC Bike Ambassador!

Hi. I’m James and I’m new here.

Prior to joining WABA as a part-time Bike Ambassador, I’ve been a lot of things. I’ve been a barista, a community organizer, and a truck driver. Recreationally, I’ve been a gardener, natural builder, and a musician. At present, I’m a yoga teacher, a religious educator working with high school students, and a seminarian training to become a Unitarian Universalist minister.

And all that time, I’ve always been a bike-rider.

I feel very fortunate to have grown up in Madison, WI, one of the best and safest cities for cycling in the country. Its downtown lies between two lakes, so shoreline nature trails are many people’s paths to work. That, plus an extensive network of protected bike lanes made it relatively easy to become comfortable biking most anywhere.

For the last 11 years, DC has been my home. Through prioritizing being a good neighbor in my immediate surroundings in NW, I’ve also been lucky to explore most parts of the city rather extensively- and not only by bike. In addition to cycling, here I’ve spent nearly equal time as a driver and a train- or bus-rider. Coincidentally, a recent part-time job had me driving a vegetable truck for a local food access organization, and my route took me along one of my favorite cycling destinations beyond the beltway, adjacent to the Custis and W&OD trails, into the horse and wine country of Loudoun County, VA.

I see cycling as not only healthy, sustainable and affordable (though it is all those things!), but as a means of empowerment and social change. Learning that you can take yourself great distances on just two wheels, and with just your own two legs, offers an embodied experience that we are more free and more capable than we often think. In 2010, a friend and I rode to the UN Climate Talks in Cancun. Along the way we not only promoted sustainable transportation but also highlighted local efforts to transition to a people-powered global economy.

That and other such experiences are why it’s important for me that safe, enjoyable cycling be available to everyone in the D.C. region. My belief in inclusion aligns with WABA’s vision for the region. In fact, it’s partly why I’ve been invited to join the team. I’m a fluent Spanish speaker, having spent time not only in Latin America where I studied and volunteered with social movement organizations, but also working as an organizer in Spanish-speaking communities back in the midwest and here in the DMV.

If you are also interested in expanding the accessibility of WABA’s program offerings to Spanish-speaking communities, and have the language skills to assist, email me at james.ploeser@waba.org to let me know.

So that’s me. I hope to meet many of you before and during upcoming activities, and that we’ll continue welcoming more new folks into the lovely and growing WABAverse. 🙂