TONIGHT: Volunteers Needed for Flier and Poster Night!

Join us TONIGHT for a Volunteer Night of putting up fliers and posters around town.

Spring is in full swing, and WABA needs to get the word out about Bike to Work Day, Tour de Fat, new Women & Bicycles events, and all sorts of other fun stuff!

So help us out. We’ll be putting up fliers and posters for our programs at multiple spots in DC, Maryland and Virginia, so there’s almost certainly a location near your home or workplace.

We’ll meet at 6pm, pair up and spread out around the area with our posters for an hour or two, then meet back up for a bite to eat and a tasty beverage! Feel free to invite a friend or meet some new bike-loving friends here. Each location is being run by a WABA staff member.

You can sign up to help out right here.


Wanted: Volunteer Photographers for Bike To Work Day

Photo by Peter Klosky

photo: Peter Klosky

We’re looking for some camera carrying folks to help us take pictures on Bike To Work Day (May 15th). Here’s the deal:

WABA needs a better stock photo library. Particularly, we need more images that showcase the range of people who bike in our region and show off the best of our region’s bicycling infrastructure. A great photo is a powerful advocacy tool, and we’re hoping you can help us strengthen our toolbox. Plus, it will be fun!

So here’s our ask:

  1. Spend half an hour or an hour on the morning or evening of Bike To Work Day in a designated location with your DSLR (or rangefinder or mirrorless, or other nifty camera).
  2. Take a bunch of pictures.
  3. Send them to us.
  4. That’s pretty much it. When you sign up, we’ll send along some suggestions about what makes photos particularly useful for WABA, but you know better than we do how you and your camera work together, so follow your muse.

Process your photos if you want, but don’t feel obligated. We can do that. We’d rather do the watermarking ourselves so it fits in with the rest of our branding (see below for our commitment to crediting you for your work).

If you’re selecting photos before sending them (again, don’t feel obligated, we’re happy to do the sorting), remember that for WABA’s purposes, a good genuine smile is more important than perfect focus, exposure or composition.

Send us the photos in whatever form is easiest. Dropbox, Google Drive, thumb drive.

sign up

WABA’s End of This Deal

We understand that you are not only volunteering your time and skills, but your intellectual property. When we use your photos, we commit to credit you for your work in the following ways:

  1. On social media: a watermark photo credit usually in the lower right of the image. In this context, the watermark ensures that as an image is shared, your name will stay attached to it.
  2. In email & on our website: we will include credit (with a link if you like) in the photo caption.
  3. In print: Credit under photo or in a watermark
  4. In metadata: We’ll make sure to retain your credit in the metadata in all versions of the image.

You can sign up to participate here.

If you have questions, please email or call 202-518-0524 x201.

Help grow bicycling by volunteering on May 16


Volunteer with WABA on Bike to Work Day!

WABA is a regional organization with thousands of members in Maryland, Virginia, and the District. Bike to Work Day on May 16th is an amazing opportunity for us to help grow bicycling by being at pit stops across the region and talking to people about the advocacy work that WABA does to build biking infrastructure and culture throughout the region. We are the voice of the region’s cyclists, pushing for improvements.

That’s why we need your help on May 16th. Spend a few hours with us at a pit stop talking to people about WABA, telling your bicycling story, and helping us bring in new WABA members to the bike community!

If you can volunteer, please sign up here.

Note: If you live, work, or can travel to the following pit stops, we really need volunteers at these stops:  Rosslyn, Bethesda, Crystal City, Alexandria Old Town, Silver Spring Discovery Place, Mt Vernon Triangle, Golden Triangle L Street, Capitol Riverfront at Canal Park, Edgewood, and College Park City Hall.


Volunteer for the Cap City Bike Expo

Cap City Bike ExpoThis Saturday is the Cap City Bike Expo!

The Expo, which will be held at the Anacostia Arts Center, will present great art, entertainment, and displays from local bike shops. In addition, the Expo will encourage input from those who live and bike east of the river about how things could be improved for cyclists, or how things could be made easier for those who are interested in biking.

We’re in need of volunteers for both morning and afternoon shifts to help make the Expo run smoothly. Are you available? See more details and sign up to volunteer here.

Volunteer With Us on Wed., Oct. 16

2013 Park(ing) Day

Looking for something to do while Congress debates restarting the government? Or just happen to have Wednesdays off?

Join us for an in-office volunteer day next Wed., Oct. 16 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.! We’ll stuff envelopes, sticker maps, make buttons, make some phone calls, and tackle other necessary tasks. Expect lively conversation and the chance to hang out with your fellow WABA volunteers and supporters.

Please RSVP here so we know you’re coming. We’ll provide a light lunch and drinks!

WABA’s office is located at 2599 Ontario Road NW, Washington, D.C. 20009.

Volunteer East of the River This Saturday

Lion Ride banner



We’ve got two great bike-related events in communities east of the Anacostia River this weekend: our second annual Lion Ride, which celebrates Frederick Douglass, and our setup at FIGMENT DC, a participatory arts festival. Both are on Sat., Sept. 28.

We need assistance checking bikes in and out and getting riders situated for the Lion Ride. For more information and to sign up, go here.

And for FIGMENT, we’ll need volunteers to set up, run, and tear down our exhibit, which will involve bikes, paint, maps, and a photobooth (try to tell us that doesn’t sound like a great time!). For more information and to sign up, go here.

Desperately Seeking 50 States Volunteers!


We need your help to pull off our signature event, the 50 States and 13 Colonies ride.

It’s this Saturday, Sept. 21. We’ve got an awesome corps of helping hands for our lunch pit stop at Eastern Market, but there are other locations that need attention.

We need volunteers to sign up to help us work the start location in Adams Morgan, pit stops in various places around the city (there’s probably one near your house!), and the after party at Mellow Mushroom on 18th Street in Adams Morgan (who doesn’t like a good party?).

Please consider volunteering to help us make this event happen. More information and sign up to volunteer here.


Volunteer for 50 States!

Our signature ride event of the year, the 50 States and 13 Colonies ride, is on Sat., Sept. 21, and we need your help to pull it off. Please consider volunteering for one (or several!) of the opportunities below. WABA is grateful to have such amazing volunteers like you who make our events the best they can be.

1. 50 States Prep Volunteer Night: this Wednesday, Sept 11th from 6:30-8:30pm
We need your help to get ready for 50 States! Do you have an eye for detail and can help mark an intricate route on huge D.C. bike maps? Are you handy at clipping, crafting, painting, and assembling? Maybe you’re just a fan of bicycling and meeting fellow volunteers. Either way, prepping for 50 States requires all hands on deck. Come to the WABA office (2599 Ontario Road) on Wed., Sept. 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. We’ll give you beer and snacks, and you’ll have a great time—promise! Please RSVP here.


2. Join the WABA Street Team!
For the first time ever, WABA is getting together a street team. Its first mission: hanging posters for the 50 States afterparty all over town.

We are looking for people who can help us spread the word about future WABA events and happenings. We want you to hang posters every which way, flood your social networks with information about future WABA happenings, and more. You’ll get special access to future WABA events (remember: our awesome rides always sell out), and can expect to meet your fellow street-team volunteers at happy hours.

Interested? Sign up here. We’ll be releasing street team members on their first mission this week, so plan to be available right away!

After Party

3. Help us run the 50 States event itself! Volunteer at one of the pit stops or the after party:
We are seeking friendly, fun loving, and adventurous volunteers who can work the start location of the ride, a pit stop along the way, or help make the after party an event to remember! Volunteer opportunities are all on Sat., Sept. 21, and times and locations around D.C. vary. Get more info and sign up here.


4. Didn’t get the chance to sign up for the 50 States ride?
Remember, it’s sold out. But if you qualify to be a ride marshal—commit to following all traffic laws, will lead a group to navigate the ride, know how to fix a flat, and can help other riders in the event of an accident—sign up to marshal the ride and get your cue sheet, T-shirt, and lunch for free. This is a challenging, long, tiring 65-mile ride so you must have experience with that kind of distance. More information and sign-up forms can be found here.

Not One, But Two, Upcoming Volunteer Nights!


Volunteers are critical to helping us reach out to our members and supporters. We’ve got a few upcoming volunteer opportunities. Please consider joining us!

Membership Volunteer Night
Thurs., Sept. 5 (TOMORROW!)
Please come by and help us write personalized notes, stuff, stamp, and seal letters to WABA’s recently expired members. We’re hoping to send out about 700 letters to lapsed members. Membership is one of the main ways that WABA is able to fund our advocacy, outreach, and educational work that is transforming our region. RSVP here—we’re especially in need of help for this and would love to see you tomorrow night!

50 States Volunteer Night
Wed., Sept. 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
We need your help to get ready for our biggest ride event of the year, the 50 States and 13 Colonies rides. Do you have an eye for detail and can help mark an intricate route on huge D.C. bike maps? Are you handy at clipping, crafting, painting, and assembling crafts? Even if you just like biking and hanging out with fellow WABA supporters, we need your help to pull off our signature ride! RSVP here.

We also need volunteers to help us out with the following:

*This year’s 50 States and 13 Colonies ride is sold out, but marshaling the ride is a great way to get in on the route for free!

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