The Capital Trails Coalition’s new trail network map!

Our region is well-known for our complex transportation systems for cars, trains, and Metro Rail, but what about our biking and walking infrastructure?

What if there was a superhighway system for bicyclists and walkers, where you could start on one side of the region and end up on the other side of the region, without having to mix with drivers?

Shouldn’t we think as big about bike infrastructure as we do about massive interstate systems for motorized vehicles?

The answer is YES. That’s exactly why WABA and the Capital Trails Coalition are proud to announce a new vision for transportation in the region. We’re working to complete the region’s paved trail network, and today, we’re launching a map that articulates our bold vision for trails in the DC region.

The new Capital Trails Network map.

Currently, the region has 436 miles of existing trails, with 302 miles of planned trails to go. The planned trails will close gaps in the regional trail network and connect smaller trails to high-capacity and well-loved trails, like the Metropolitan Branch Trail, Mount Vernon Trail, and Anacostia River Trail.

Show your support for a regional trail network!

With the support of REI, WABA has spent the past three years building and managing the Capital Trails Coalition, a collaboration between public agencies, nonprofit organizations, business improvement districts and other groups. The Coalition is working toward a world-class trail network that prioritizes connectivity for people who walk and bike.

But the completion of this trail network is not going to magically happen. We need everyone—whether you commute via trail everyday or live far from a trail but wish you had one nearby—to speak up for this network and help us get it done.

Show your support for a regional trail network!

We know that people in the DC region love trails and want more of them. From Arlington County to Prince George’s County, “more trails!” is the rallying cry from nearly every survey on public amenities.

That’s why we need your voice. We need to cultivate widespread consensus that this trail network is a regional priority!

Sign up here to show your support and get updates on the progress of the Capital Trails Coalition.

JOB: Trails Coalition Coordinator

*UPDATE: This position has been filled.

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) seeks a full-time coordinator to launch and lead a robust coalition of local partner organizations and government agencies to build a connected trail network in the Greater Washington Area.

We’re looking for a process-oriented individual with strong people skills. The ideal candidate will have substantive experience building and working with successful coalitions.

About Us

Washington Area Bicyclist Association works 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.

Job Description

Imagine if everyone in the Washington Region lived within a ten minute walk of a trail. Over the past decade, the Washington area has significantly expanded our multi-use trail network. We have created greater opportunities for active transportation, recreation, and access to cherished spaces. Our trails knit communities together by providing quality access to community resources, local wildlife, and local businesses. However, there is still a lot of work to be done.  We need to fill in critical network gaps as well as improve existing trails, which were planned to varying standards and for lower capacity than they currently accommodate.

The Washington area is a complex region comprised of two states, a federal district, multiple counties and numerous cities. Accomplishing major projects takes regional coordination and collaboration. A diverse coalition of dedicated governmental agencies, advocates, non-profit organizations, decision-makers, and private stakeholders is needed to realize the vision of a complete trail network.

The Trail Coalition Coordinator Responsibilities:

  • Coalition development: Oversee coalition member recruitment to ensure the right folks are at the table;
  • Coalition governance: Guide the process of creating agreements and decision-making structures;
  • Event planning: Organize two annual summits, host trail celebrations and coordinate other outreach events.
  • Coordination: Bottom-line coalition planning, fundraising, outreach, events, branding and other projects;

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will demonstrate that they have-

  • Substantive experience launching or leading coalitions as staff or member of a steering committee;
  • Excellent communications skills;
  • Killer project management skills;
  • Event planning experience;
  • Technological savvy;
  • Strong group facilitation skills;
  • Grassroots organizing, policy, and/or planning background strongly preferred;
  • Experience working in multiple sectors (non-profit, agency, private sector).
  • Experience working with the National Park Service, national resource management agency, transportation department or a regional planning agency a plus.

Employment Details

The salary range for qualified candidates is mid-40s. The position is full-time. Benefits include employer covered health/dental insurance, flexible work schedule, vacation, sick and personal leave, committed colleagues, fun working environment, and WABA’s 403(b) retirement program.

The position is based in the WABA office in Adams Morgan, Washington D.C. Occasional evening and weekend work is required.

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

How to Apply:

Submit a cover letter and resume in one PDF to Tamara Evans at jobs@waba.org with “Trails Coalition Coordinator” in the subject line.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; the position will remain posted until filled. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply by or before January 22nd. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please, no phone calls.