Women & Bicycles Online Reading Club

Join us for a casual article chat. No preparation required, just read the article and come talk.

We’ll be reading and discussing Untokening Mobility Justice and COVID-19 from The Untokening

Hosted by Patricia Miguel, WABA’s Community Outreach Coordinator.

Click here to join the meetup or dial in at (786) 373-3161‬ and use PIN: ‪124 716 515‬#

Note: This event is part of our Women & Bicycles program and only open to folks who identify as women, trans, or femme. 

Women & Bicycles Online Reading Club

Join us for a casual article chat. No preparation required, just read the article and come talk.

We’ll be reading and discussing How We Use Our Bodies to Navigate a Pandemic from Gia Kourlas at New York Times

Hosted by Patricia Miguel, WABA’s Community Outreach Coordinator.

Click here to join the meetup or dial in at (786) 373-3161‬ and use PIN: ‪124 716 515‬#

Note: This event is part of our Women & Bicycles program and only open to folks who identify as women, trans, or femme. 

Women & Bicycles Online Reading Club

Join us for a casual article chat – now at 3pm! No extensive preparation required, just read the article and come talk.

We’ll be reading and discussing How We Use Our Bodies to Navigate a Pandemic from Gia Kourlas at New York Times

Hosted by Patricia Miguel, WABA’s Community Outreach Coordinator.

Click here to join the meetup or dial in at (786) 373-3161‬ and use PIN: ‪124 716 515‬#

Note: This event is part of our Women & Bicycles program and only open to folks who identify as women, trans, or femme. 

Women & Bicycles Online Reading Club

Join us for a casual article chat. No preparation required, just read the article and come talk.

We’ll be reading and discussing Cycling Towards Resilient Cities: What Urban Mobility In Times Of Crisis Can Teach Us from BYCS

Hosted by Patricia Miguel, WABA’s Community Outreach Coordinator.

Click here to join the meetup or dial in at (786) 373-3161‬ and use PIN: ‪124 716 515‬#

Note: This event is part of our Women & Bicycles program and only open to folks who identify as women, trans, or femme. 

Women & Bicycles Online Reading Club

Join us for a casual article chat. No preparation required, just read the article and come talk.

We’ll be reading and discussing 9 Big Actions for Safe Routes to Health Foodfrom Amanda Merck at Salud America!

Hosted by Patricia Miguel, WABA’s Community Outreach Coordinator.

Click here to join the meetup or dial in at (786) 373-3161‬ and use PIN: ‪124 716 515‬#

Note: This event is part of our Women & Bicycles program and only open to folks who identify as women, trans, or femme. 

Women & Bicycles Online Reading Club

Join us for a casual article chat. No preparation required, just read the article and come talk.

We’ll be reading and discussing Bike Advocacy’s Blind Spot, from Tanvi Misra at Citylab.

Hosted by Patricia Miguel, WABA’s Community Outreach Coordinator.

Note: This event is part of our Women & Bicycles program and only open to folks who identify as women, trans, or femme.

Click here to join the meetup or dial in at (786) 373-3161‬ and use PIN: ‪124 716 515‬#

Organizing for Justice: Women in the Civil Rights Movement Bike Tour

Hello!

We’ve postponed this event to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. If you’re already signed up, we’ll send you an email when we have arranged a new date. Otherwise, check back here for updates.

We are sincerely grateful for everyone’s patience and understanding. Please take care of yourself and your community.

❤️,
The WABA Team

Note: This event is only open to women/trans/femme-identifying folks.  

Join us for a tour of African American women civil rights activists who left their mark on Washington, D.C. and the rest of the nation. This ride will start at the O Street Mansion, take us on a tour of the homes and statues of African American women civil rights activists, and end at the Library of Congress for the exhibit Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words. Along the route, we’ll make brief stops to talk about the notable work these women have done and provide historical context for the Rosa Parks exhibit.

We will start our ride at the O Street Mansion (2020 O St. NW, Washington, DC 20036) and end at the Library of Congress (101 Independence Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20540). We will be biking for roughly 40 minutes and our route will not contain challenging riding. Please bring water, a lock for Library of Congress parking, and a helmet, which is required by our insurance (email us for a loaner).

Note: The Library of Congress has an “airport-like” security process; dangerous weapons (including pocket knives) and oversized (not exceeding 25”W x 15”H) bags are prohibited. Open food and drink are not allowed in public areas. The Library of Congress will not hold prohibited items so please plan accordingly. There is bike parking to the right of the main entrance and directly across the street.   

Need accommodations, have questions about access, something the organizer should know about you (ex: severe peanut allergy) or have questions about the event? Send us an email at patricia.miguel@waba.org. As a part of WABA’s Women and Bicycles program, this event is only open to anyone who identifies as women/trans/femme. Not you? Lots of other WABA events at waba.org/fun. Know someone who should come? Please share this event with them!

POSTPONED: Bicycling for Every Body: A Facilitated Discussion on Size Inclusivity

Hello!

We’ve postponed this event to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. If you’re already signed up, we’ll send you an email when we have arranged a new date. Otherwise, check back here for updates.

We are sincerely grateful for everyone’s patience and understanding. Please take care of yourself and your community.

❤️,
The WABA Team

Due to the cancellation of the 2020 National Bike Summit originally scheduled for March 15th – 17th, Marley and Kailey are no longer coming to the area. We are postponing this workshop and are working to figure out an alternative date and plan.

Here are a few resources to continue the conversation in the meantime:
Seattle Bike Blog video – Marley on fat cyclists making national news + more
They call themselves ‘fat cyclists’ — and they want to get more people, of all sizes, on bikes by Theresa Vargas
I’m a Fat Cyclist—And I Don’t Need to “Fix” My Body by Kailey Kornhauser
Marley’s blog
The bizarre and racist history of the BMI

Join Marley Blonsky and Kailey Kornhauser for a facilitated discussion about how to make bicycling a more inclusive and welcoming space for everybody and every body. Marley and Kailey are two bike adventurers who originally hosted this workshop at the WTF Bike Summit in 2019 which led to profiles in the Washington Post and Bicycling Magazine. Marley and Kailey will lead an engaging and empowering discussion about the current realities of size exclusivity, and how to create size inclusivity in the WTF (women/trans/femme) biking community. This event is only open to women/trans/femme-identifying folks.

Register

The workshop will be held at Highline RxR (2010 Crystal Dr. Arlington, VA 22202) from 7:30PM to 9:30PM on Saturday, March 14th. Highline RxR is a short (.03 miles) walk from the Crystal City Metro Station, there is limited bike parking directly in front of Highline RxR and along Crystal Drive, and there is car parking along Crystal Drive and nearby streets. This event is taking place on Piscataway land. 

We will be setting ground rules as part of this workshop to ensure everyone can feel comfortable. Please keep in mind that what works for you may not work for everyone, and unsolicited advice can feel unwelcoming and condescending. Please come in the spirit of solidarity and communal problem solving. As a part of WABA’s Women and Bicycles program, this workshop is only open to anyone who identifies as women/trans/femme. Not you? Lots of other WABA events at waba.org/fun. Know someone who should come? Please share this event with them!

Need accommodations, have questions about access, something the organizer should know about you (ex: severe peanut allergy) or have questions about the event? Send us an email at patricia.miguel@waba.org

Facilitators

Marley Blonsky likes to ride her bike slowly and can often be found bike camping, eating ice cream, or playing in the garden. Marley is a sustainability manager for a large logistics company where she helps companies manage their carbon footprints from shipping. She rides her bike in Seattle for transportation, fun, and because the bus and car are slow and frustrating.  She is an active transportation activist who wants to see safe, equitable access for all people, regardless of gender, income, race, age, or body size.  

Kailey Kornhauser likes to ride her bike slowly across long distances. When she isn’t riding her bike to the cinnamon roll shop or grinding some local gravel, Kailey is a forestry PhD student at Oregon State University. Kailey used to think that if she biked a lot she would lose weight. Then Kailey rode her bike a lot and didn’t lose any weight. Finally, she realized that she loved her body, and it turns out you don’t have to be thin to ride bikes. 

You can learn more about these amazing women in a Washington Post article about their work and in the January 2020 issue of Bicycling Magazine.

Thank You For One Last Hains Point 100!

Now that we have had a few weeks to thaw out and get through the holidays, we wanted to thank you again for joining us for the 2019 Hains Point 100—The Finale. The sky was clear, the wind calm, and—most importantly—joy was everywhere. 

Thank you for eight amazing years of coming together to ride bicycles, making new friends, celebrating old friends, sharing a laugh, and supporting getting even more women on bikes. And thank you to all the business supporters for making it the largest door prize and grab bag ever.

In short, thank you #bikedc for being you. You brought snacks to the potluck, magic, and your awesome selves to the ride. You definitely made December 22nd such a special day. 

Because of the generosity of you and the community, we raised $11,600 for WABA Women & Bicycles!

Since the first Hains Point 100, you brought over 2600 people for loop de loops of Hains Point, and we raised over $85,000 to support more women on bikes. 

The HP100 memory will live on with every person you’ve helped with advocacy, education, and encouragement through the WABA Women & Bicycles Program.

What a ride! Thank you for being part of it, and we hope you’ll continue to support WABA and its mission in the future.

From our friends,
Megan Jones and Mark Blacknell

Want to relive the fun? Dominion Cycling Photography generously took a bunch of great photos of the event and is offering free downloads. Photo album is here.

You’re Invited to Hains Point 100 – The Finale

This is a guest post from Megan Jones, co-founder of Hains Point 100 and a Women & Bicycles supporter!

Megan Jones (center, with megaphone) at Hains Point 100.

Hi. I’m Megan. And, in 2012 I started a thing. Something that I had no idea that would catch on like it did.

What if I rode a bunch of laps around Hains Point and asked people to join me? Well, that’s what became the Hains Point 100 which has now become the premier December outside bike event filled with fun (and absurdity) for everyone!

Come join us on December 22nd. We already have a huge line-up of supporters that have donated some amazing door prizes and more! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the updates of what we’ll have.

As always, this is not a formal event – we’re just getting together on a chilly Sunday to ride our bikes in a circle and have some fun! And we are raising awareness for WABA’s Women & Bicycles program. All levels of riders are welcome – we can’t wait to see you there!

Please let us know you’re coming by mushing on the big button below!

Hains Point 100
When: Sunday, December 22, 2019
Where: Hains Point, Washington DC

Sign up for Hains Point 100!


Permit me a moment for a quick flashback.  I was sitting in an Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting in the county building letting my thoughts wander and heard a few people talking about how they rode around Hains Point continuously for 100 miles. “Are they serious?” thought I. “Who would do such a thing?” As my mind continued to wander, I thought about how I’d been putting a lot of miles on my bike that year and still wanted to do more. At that moment I thought, “Wait, I’m that bananas, why not!?!” Then my mouth said, “Hey, I’m going to ride 100 miles around Hains Point.” And, those people heard me and my idea so I couldn’t back out.  That’s like, a rule.

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