DC is among the top bicycling cities in the country. Hardly a surprise given the Washington Area Bicyclist Association’s commitment to promoting bicycling as a healthy, sustainable means of transportation and advocating for better riding conditions across the region. For those switching from four wheels to two, WABA offers safety presentations for adults and kids (reaching 3,000 students a year through schools), commuter mentoring programs, and Bike to Work Day – a 17,000-cyclist celebration of health, fitness, and fun. Through its Adult Learn to Ride classes, Women and Bicycles program, and East of the Anacostia Bikes initiative, WABA is teaching people that a bike is not only good for physical and mental health, it has numerous economic benefits as well. Bicycles are a low-cost, low-maintenance form of transportation that help residents access jobs, schools, medical appointments, and healthier food options. On top of that, a four-mile round trip by bike keeps about 15 pounds of pollutants out of the air. Join WABA in promoting the health of our residents – and our planet.

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

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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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