Call for Bike Valeters

WABA is proud to partner with the Nation’s Triathlon again this year to provide our bike valet service for over 5,000 triathletes, and we need your support! Without the helping hands and smiling faces of volunteers like you events like this wouldn’t be possible. Every year WABA members and supporters volunteer to check tens of thousands of bikes at local events like the Casey Trees Open House, to the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Bike valets are a great opportunity for WABA members and supporters  to get involved, support your regional bike advocacy organization and have a good time.  Join us for an afternoon of checking in bikes, checking out bikes and talking about bikes! Please consider volunteering at  The Nation’s Triathlon Bike Valet! Check out our sign-up page for more information. **volunteers at this valet will receive a free T-shirt and snacks from the Triathlon’s organizers. And you know the deal, those who volunteer with WABA 3 times per year receive a free annual membership!

Location:

WABA will be staffing the valet at the Marriott Wardman Park during Course Briefings, Packet Pick-Up & Registration.

Dates and Shifts

Friday, September 9th from 11am to 4pm (Shift full). To sign up for Friday, September 9th from 4pm to 8pm, click here. To sign up for Saturday, September 10th from 9:30am to 3pm, click here. To sign up for Saturday, September 10th from 3pm to 8pm, click here.

The Cherry Blossom Family Bike Rally & Ride is Still On!

Don’t let the government shutdown ruin your weekend! Shutdown or no shutdown you can still celebrate the last weekend of the National Cherry Blossom Festival on bike. The American Diabetes Association Cherry Blossom Family Bike Rally and Ride is a fun and FREE event featuring a kids bike rodeo, kids learn2 ride area, balloons, a signed family ride, live entertainment and more!

Date: Sunday, April 10, 2011 Time: 11:00AM – 3:00PM Location: Yard’s Park, 10 Water Street SE, Washington, DC 20003, (Yard’s Park is a new location, if your GPS has trouble locating “Yard’s Park” please use the address: 4th St SE and Tingey St SE, Washington D.C.) Admission: FREE! Volunteer: Want to help put kids on bikes at our rodeo course? Email henry@waba.org

Upcoming Spring Bike Valets

NCBF valetWABA is hosting a variety of bike valets this spring, and we’d love to see you out there! We’ll be at the following locations through April:
  • National Cherry Blossom Festival: Saturdays and Sundays throughout the festival (March 26/27, April 2/3, and April 9/10). We’ll be at the Jefferson Memorial from 10am-6pm each day, though the racks will be available all three weeks, and unattended racks will be available at the other location at 14th and Independence. Check out our Cherry Blossom Festival page for more information.
  • Fireworks during the Cherry Blossom Festival, sponsored by PN Hoffman: Saturday, April 2 from noon to 10pm. We’ll be stationed at the Southwest Waterfront (7th and Water St., SW), so leave your bike with us, enjoy the festival and fireworks, and bike home safely after you’re done.
  • National Sustainable Design Expo: Saturday, April 16 from 10am to 5pm and Sunday, 17 from 10am to 3 pm. The expo will be on the National Mall and will bring together students, scientists, engineers, and business leaders whose innovative technologies are designed to advance economic growth while reducing environmental impact.
We need 4-8 volunteers for each one of our bike valets, and we’d love your help. Check out our events page for more information, and email kevin@waba.org with questions or to sign up for a shift or two!

Trivia at Solly’s Tavern Supports WABA

Last night, a packed upstairs bar at Solly’s Tavern on U St. was home to an exciting trivia match between teams with names like “Moustache Bars” and “Tears for Gears.”   At the bi-weekly trivia night, Solly’s hosts a local non-profit organization as the benefactor.  WABA staff and volunteers scored the game and held a fundraising raffle while 10% of the bar tab for the night was donated to WABA.  The event was perfect for rainy night (if you were smart enough to leave the bike dry at home unlike most of us).  We would like to thank everyone who came out last night to support us; and a huge thank you to Solly’s Tavern and its staff for hosting us!  If you missed the opportunity to toss a few bucks in the WABA bucket last night or you’d like to give a few more, you can donate online or become a member. See complete photos of the event on the WABA Flickr page.

MoCo Councilmember Berliner Focuses on CCT Safety

The Capital Crescent Trail busy with walkers, bikers, and rollerbladers.

Last week, WABA board member Casey Anderson and I attended a meeting convened by Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner to discuss trail safety on the Capital Crescent Trail (CCT).  Also in attendance were officials from the relevant parks, planning, and police agencies, as well as citizen representatives and representatives of the Coalition for the CCT. The meeting was intended to allow all to discuss how to more safely share the trail and was notable for its focus on a variety of solutions and on the willingness of all users to work together to make the trail a better option for cyclists and walkers. The county is looking into numerous educational and infrastructure improvements designed to minimize conflicts between cyclists and pedestrians, including increased signage, side-of-path improvements, and other engineered solutions. I reiterated our concerns regarding the 15mph speed limit that, if enforced, would undermine the usefulness of the trail as a transportation path and raised the point that an across-the-board imposition of a speed limit does not address the myriad of behaviors — on the part of both cyclists and non-cyclists — that lead to conflicts on the trail. I acknowledged, however, that both cyclists and non-cyclists have a responsibility to be considerate of other trail users and to work for solutions that will make the trail safer and more pleasant for everyone. The meeting focused primarily on low-cost solutions that those of us in the room could bring about in the near term. So while the officials will continue to look into the longer-term, infrastructure-based solutions, we want to remind our members and supporters to: — Be courteous and respectful on the trails. — Give notice as you pass, even if the pedestrian or jogger is wearing headphones. — Give other trail users plenty of space. — Pass safely, and accept that sometimes safety and civility may dictate that you put a foot down. WABA will remain vigilant in asserting the rights of cyclists to use appropriate recreational and transportation facilities like the CCT, and we’re happy to report that no one at the meeting proposed draconian measures to keep cyclists off the trail or lessen its effectiveness as a significant commuter route. But acting with consideration and care for others can, and should, go together with defending our rights. Representatives of walkers and other trail users from neighborhoods along the trail agreed to communicate with their constituents with similar safety reminders in the spirit of working together to make the CCT safer and more pleasant for everyone. We’d like to thank Councilmember Berliner for convening this meeting. It is always helpful to know that the county is seeking solutions, even if they are in the exploratory phases. And we appreciate the frank but friendly discussion among all officials and users. We look forward to working with Councilman Berliner’s office and the Coalition for the CCT in the coming weeks to expand our outreach efforts on the trail. If any of our members or supporters would be interested in volunteering to conduct outreach on the CCT, please email us at waba@waba.org. — Shane Farthing, Executive Director

Volunteers Needed for September Events

September is a busy month for WABA with students going back to school, the weather cooling off for biking, and many neighborhood and street fairs.  We need help at many area events and bike valets.   If you are new to volunteering with WABA, we’ll teach you everything you need to know.  Volunteering with WABA is a great way to meet other area bicyclists and help support better bicycling.  Below is a list of upcoming events.  A complete list of volunteer opportunities can be found on the new WABA website’s volunteer page. 9/12 – Adams Morgan Day Info. Booth 9/12 – Adams Morgan Day Valet 9/23 – Moonlight Ride 9/25 – 50 States / 13 Colonies Ride 10/3 – Takoma Park Street Festival Sign up to volunteer by emailing  volunteer@waba.org or calling 202-518-0524 x202