Seven successes in six months that we couldn’t have done without you
It’s our annual fall membership drive! We disrupt our regularly scheduled updates to urge you to join or renew with WABA today. Your membership dollars do a lot of hard work—here’s what your support has accomplished in the last six months:
Launched the Capital Trails CoalitionFor more than a year, we’ve doubled down on our trail advocacy efforts in the region. In collaboration with some big partners, we’ve been building a coalition to ensure that a seamless trail network is a regional priority. We finally got to tell the world about it last week! Learn more about how the Capital Trails Coalition is reinvigorating regional trail building at capitaltrailscoalition.org.
Taught thousands of kids and adults to rideThrough Learn to Ride classes, Confident City Cycling classes, and Everyday Biking Seminars held all over the region 1,075 adults learned to ride confidently, legally, and respectfully. On top of that, 2,145 kids learned how to get moving on two wheels, too!
I want to see more folks on bikes!
Led a super successful Trail Ranger seasonThroughout the summer months of 2016 our team of Trail Rangers biked 2,276 miles of trail as they removed 223 bags of trash, reported 191 issues, coordinated 187 hours of cleanup, and received about a million thank yous and high fives. Click here to see a full recap!
I want to see more happy trail riders!
Passed the Motor Vehicle Collision Recovery ActAfter nearly three years of persistent organizing and advocacy by the WABA community, the DC Council voted unanimously last month to pass the Motor Vehicle Collision Recovery Act to fix contributory negligence! Mayor Bowser joined us last week to sign the bill, and it will soon be the law of the land!
Pulled 1,414 miles with the Arlington PAL Ambassador and DC Bike Ambassador BillboardsThanks to our partnerships with BikeArlington and DDoT and nearly 150 volunteer PAL and DC Bike Ambassadors, we’re shaping the region’s roadway culture. Through trailering, in-person outreach, and streetcorner outreach we’re reminding all road-users to be Predictable, Alert, and Lawful. Find out more about our PAL and DC Bike Ambassadors!
Grew a community of Bike Advocates on Two WheelsEveryone who registers for a WABA Ride Event is a bike advocate. For the first time this year, we were able to expand our events team, add brand new signature events (hello WABA in the Wild and stay tuned for DC’s first ever open streets program in Spring 2017!) and expand the number of spots we have available in our events – that means MORE people have the opportunity to participate in a WABA event, and MORE people have the opportunity to become a bike advocate! So far in 2016, WABA Signature Events have turned 1,635 riders into bike advocates on two wheels!
I want to see more bike advocates!
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