Last week, we posted our year-end appeal letter on our blog (WABA members and supporters may have also received the appeal via surface mail in the past few weeks). This week, we’re reposting descriptions of the projects we hope to fund through your donations for 2014; we asked for $30,000 to fund entirely and we have currently raised $13,051 thanks to your generous contributions. Make a tax-deductible donation to WABA right now and make our advocacy, education, and outreach dreams a reality! Today, read about the WABA Policy Fellowship, which will cost $12,000 in total. Every time a crash is reported, WABA responds. We have created a tracker to ensure that crashes in our jurisdictions are brought to our attention. We also have a mobile app that helps crash victims know what they, and we, need following a crash. Each time a crash is reported, we help the bicyclist understand the process for properly reporting the crash and provide advice on how to proceed through the complicated process of recovery. We speak with every crash victim possible, but we need to do more. Advocacy depends on data. The realm of bicycle advocacy has precious little, which hampers how effective cycling advocates can be. WABA needs to be able to gather and analyze data from logged crashes in order to develop convincing arguments for specific bicycling improvements. For much of 2013, WABA retained a policy fellow, Janie Nham, who crunched numbers from our crash tracker and assessed the best practices of police departments across the nation. She spent countless hours looking for patterns in data and developing proposals for legislation and enforcement improvements. Some of Janie’s findings have already made their way into law through D.C.’s Bicyclist Safety Amendment Act, and we are using her best-practices research to engage with law enforcement officials throughout the region and improve their understanding and enforcement of biking laws. But we do not have the funding necessary to regularly compile the data that comes through the crash reports to identify trends, note unsafe conditions in need of improvement, and call out systemic errors in police response. The WABA policy fellowship was funded from January through August 2013 through the support of two generous donors, but there are no funds for a 2014 fellow. Estimated need for a 2014 WABA policy fellow: $1,000/month stipend, totaling $12,000. Donate now!
We are pleased to announce that the Washington Area Bicyclist Association is the first recipient of the Christina Clarke Genco Foundation Safety Fellowship grant. The Christina Clarke Genco Foundation was created in memory of a young woman who dedicated herself to making the world a better place through her work with Bike and Build and Habitat for Humanity. She was tragically killed while leading a cross-country ride to benefit Habitat for Humanity in June 2011. The CCG Bike Safety Fellowship was created to support small, local nonprofits in their efforts to improve cycling safety. WABA is honored and proud to be a recipient of this grant in its inaugural year. We plan to use these funds to continue the work of our policy fellow, who focuses on data analysis from our crash tracker and other regional traffic safety and enforcement databases, as well as researching national and international best practices in municipal staffing and organization for bicyclist safety. Our goal is to bolster our advocacy for safer streets with hard data from within our region and best practices from wherever they originate. Our current policy fellow, Janie Nham, is pursuing these tasks and regularly presenting her findings to WABA’s advocacy staff, pointing out trends in our data that show needed action and innovative programs from enforcement and transportation agencies that might help in our region. With CCG’s support, we can fund several additional months of our policy fellow’s work, which is invaluable to bolstering our advocacy efforts for safer streets. Image via CCG