We Welcome Fresh Perspectives on the New Strategic Plan

Right now, WABA is working on its 2025 strategic plan—a blueprint for making bicycling better in our region over the next five years. The strategic plan is a guiding document that will define our organizational goals, targets, and strategy from 2021 to 2025. This is a process we started in early 2019, so we would have ample time to evaluate our current plan and collect feedback. As a result, we’ve created an organizational assessment that is based on public and member surveys, interviews with key stakeholders, a SWOT analysis, a light field scan of similar organizations, and a full staff and board retreat.

Want to hear more about where we are on the 2025 strategic plan process? Join us at the Annual Member Meeting and Bicyclists’ Choice Awards on Wednesday, February 26, 2020!

Member Meeting

At the 2019 Member Meeting we asked attendees to highlight which words in WABA’s current vision and mission they found the most meaningful. The top five selections were: livable, environment, safe, advocating, and transportation. 

A few months later, we also distributed a survey to get insight into our members’ priorities and got back similar results. Over 600 people graciously shared their feedback about WABA’s current mission, vision, and values.

Respondents support WABA because they want to see a region where bicycling is comfortable, convenient, and safe, but the survey also suggests that equitable transportation and the environment are areas of work that are important to our members and supporters. Unsurprisingly, WABA supporters listed climate change and traffic safety as the two issues they care most about. 

We also asked respondents which strategies they felt were the most critical to advancing WABA’s mission. Over 75% of folks said that educating politicians and officials, addressing the culture of unsafe driving, and building larger action-oriented coalitions resonated most with them. And finally, they said they would be inclined to participate—by donating, volunteering, or organizing—if WABA were to increase its work with driver outreach, pedestrian safety, and safe accommodations. 

Finally, our public survey indicated that affordable housing, climate change, and healthcare are key issues for area residents. This suggests a path for WABA to engage the broader public on common ground that supports bicycling while also improving housing affordability, fighting climate change, and improving public health. 

At our 2020 Member Meeting, we will be sharing our progress and highlighting the draft goals and strategies that our staff and board have been working on. We hope you will come and offer your fresh perspective!

Member Meeting

Join us at the Annual Member Meeting and Bicyclists’ Choice Awards on Wednesday, February 26, 2020!

Announcing WABA’s Strategic Plan: The Nuts & Bolts

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Last night more than 200 members of the WABA family joined us to celebrate biking wins in 2015 and launch WABA’s 5-year Strategic Plan. The evening was full of merriment and abuzz with excitement and we want to pass it along to you. Because it’s a major undertaking and because it represents the shared vision of you and 5,500+ WABA members, we want you to be informed and proud of our plan, and hold us accountable to our commitments. And, like all of our advocacy work – to carry it out we need your support. Last year you helped us raise $85,000 for WABA’s people power. Please show your support for better biking in 2016!

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This document is a synthesis of all of the things we need to achieve in order to truly make our region a world-class place to ride a bike. Our Board of Directors, our staff and our members and volunteers have been working on this for more than a year. We are committed to better representing the people who bike in the region and the diversity of their needs: people who use bikes for their work, people who bike to work, and people who want to figure out how to make biking work. We all know that in order to make biking safe, popular, and normal we need to get more people biking. As biking mode-share (the percentage of people who bike compared to other forms of transportation) increases, so does our safety. It’s simple. It’s power in numbers. Our goal is to triple the number who bike by 2020.

Triple our mode-share!

But there are obvious limits to growing the number of bicyclists in our roadways. Bike lanes, if present, are concentrated in dense areas. They often don’t connect. They are often poorly maintained. And only a fraction are protected from vehicular traffic. To make biking accessible to more people we need a network of connected, low-stress places to bike. Our goal is that all residents be within one mile of dedicated space for biking and a connection to the broader bicycling network By 2035.

Connect the network!

The success of our overarching goals relies on our ability to:
  1. Improve our bike network to enhance mobility, connectivity, and ease.
  2. Advocate for increased bike education efforts across the region and expand WABA’s role from service provider to program developer.
  3. Commit to practices and programs that ensure equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout our work.
  4. Attain effective laws and enforcement of our laws to protect people who bike.
  5. Empower local advocates.
  6. Secure WABA’s organizational future.
We encourage you to read our plan and see the aspirational targets tied to each goal. That’s where it gets interesting, that’s where we need you to hold us accountable, and that’s where we need your contributions. This document does not help our region’s bike movement if we let it gather dust on a shelf. And this document does not have people power without your support. Please consider donating $10, $25, $2,500 to help us meet our $85,000 goal and fund our 2016 advocacy targets.

Make a contribution

Help us triple the number of people riding bikes by 2020!

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Remember the first time you tried out a protected bike lane? Your first ride on the Met Branch Trail? The first time you biked on green paint? How about when you started to see pockets of red bikes clustered in downtown corridors? In the last five years, our Nation’s Capital, our home – our communities have transformed for people who bike around town. Our biking boom is the result of your investment in WABA, your support in our shared vision, your volunteer hours, petitions, testimony, the friends and family you’ve inspired to bike, and simply the act of riding your bike.

Let’s keep this momentum going!

But there’s still so much work to be done, you see it everyday. So now is the time we ask you to stand up and support our new 5-year vision. You’re going to see a lot of changes in a relatively short time period that  transform the region for every generation to come. Your support will help us triple the number of people who bike by 2020. Our strategic plan is ambitious and the outcomes are essential. With your help, in the next five years we’ll also accomplish:
  • A regional commitment to Vision Zero
  • Scaled up youth bike camps
  • Universal bike education beyond D.C.
  • Better bike accessibility on public transportation
  • More and more and more bike lanes, protected bike lanes, and trails
You’ve backed us up to this point. For 44 years now WABA supporters have helped us gain critical ground but we know we have a long way to go. That’s why, by 2035 we’re working to ensure everyone’s within one mile of dedicated space for biking! By focusing on connected bike lanes and trails, advocating for policies that protect bicyclists, and educating through all avenues, we believe we will make these goals a reality. We’re launching our strategic plan at our Holiday Party next Thursday the 17th. Click here for more details. We hope you can join us. We’d love to thank you and celebrate a successful 2015!

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P.S. WABA is extremely fortunate to be the beneficiary of workplace giving campaigns, including the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC #93587), the World Bank Community Connections campaign, the DC One Fund, Network for Good, America’s Charities, and the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC#8469), among others.

Save the date: WABA Holiday Party

When: Thursday, December 17th from 6:00-10:00pm Where: Johnny Pistolas, 2333 18th St NW,Washington, DC, 20009 (Adams Morgan) Who: WABA Members and your family and friends RSVP: Join the Holiday Party event on Facebook and invite your WABA friends All WABA members are invited to join the WABA Staff, Board of Directors, and your fellow WABA Members on Thursday, December 17th at Johnny Pistolas in Adams Morgan for an evening of bicycle cheer. Come eat and drink with us in celebration of this year’s advocacy successes and mingle with fellow WABA members. WABA will also be releasing our new organizational Strategic Plan! The party is free and there will be food and drink specials available at the bar. WABA’s Executive Director Greg Billing will give a brief presentation about WABA’s five-year Strategic Plan and the exciting things it means for bicycling in DC, MD and VA. *Please note this party is for WABA Members and their close friends and family. WABA is a member supported non-profit organization and your yearly membership dues fund our ongoing advocacy and outreach work. If you have friends that are not WABA Members, bring them and they can join WABA at the party!*