Last year WABA taught 419 adults (average age, 39) how to ride a bike, doubled the percentage of women bike commuters (a ten-year endeavor), and maintained 20 miles of urban trails. Its mission is to transform Greater Washington into a healthier, safer biking community – advocating for better biking conditions inch by inch, driving legislative change at the state level, and working in neighborhoods to garner community support for safer streets and trails. The outreach and education team hits the road every day, educating drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians of all ages, and clearing the way (sometimes literally) for a smooth ride. The result: fewer crashes, healthier citizens, happier commuters, less pollution, and a vast network of trails and bike lanes so that, no matter where you live, you are connected to work, to home, and to the people you love. Join the ride!

COVID-19 Update: After years of trying to get the District’s speed limit lowered to 20MPH, decreased traffic at the beginning of the pandemic helped WABA’s advocates make that change a reality. In addition, it has been supporting people new to biking through online resources and webinars. Advocacy and engagement around slow streets, streateries, and equitable transportation recovery is ongoing.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; MD-Frederick County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church

Age Groups Served: Adult (25-49); All

Population(s) Served: All

Schools They Work In: These schools recently took part in our DC Neighborhood Pace Car Program (drive within the speed limit): Amidon; Bowen; Brent; Gibbs; Maury; Miner; Peabody; Tyler; Walker Jones; Watkins; J.O. Wilson

Awards & Recognition



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Budget (FY2013)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Washington Area Bicyclist Association is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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