WABA and The First Lady
The First Lady, Michelle Obama, is vigorously promoting her MOVE IT campaign. It would be beneficial for all if WABA were to link up with her campaign to raise awareness and create enthusiasm about the health benefits of cycling. My idea of opening Rock Creek Park to bicycles is largely linked with the notion of KIDS ON BIKES. The effort to have a child exert the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity is tough when the nearest dirt trail for mountain biking is a 60-minute drive away. This could be easy enough to change.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS
I have a million PSA Ideas. New PSA ideas come into my head all the time. Some of these ideas would be fun to develop. But it may be a good idea to push for others to create PSAs.
Washington DC has some high profile residents. Sadly… some of these people may think they are above the law…
(Bob Novak strikes a pedestrian. Marvin Kalb and Tony Kornheiser at telling people to run over cyclists on their radio shows. Maybe their penalty would be create PSA announcements and for the radio shows that hire them to play them.
WABA would do well to make a statement each time there is an outburst like the one from Tony Kornheiser. ) (Not a good idea to defame individuals, even if you’re right…)
WABA and THE WORLD WIDE WEB
The WABA Web Page would do well to expand its capabilities.
POT HOLE HOTLINE
Cyclists could report unsafe sections of road. There are potholes in this city that will take a cyclist down. If the location of these potholes is not identified, bicyclists are at unnecessary risk.
TWO WHEELS AND TWO EARS
WABA PAGE where cyclists and play “show and tell” with their experience with cars.
WABA should get an Intern or a Volunteer who can focus on SOCIAL NETWORKING. The WABA FACEBOOK PAGE and the WABA BLOG. These are great ways to share information!
WABA should take advantage of them.
WABA and BIKE FRIENDLY STORES
Washington DC storeowners need to realize what valuable consumers we are.
WABA would do well to build a relationship with storeowners and get an idea of who is a BIKE FRIENDLY BUSINESS. Businesses could JOIN WABA for various levels (GOLD SIVER OR BRONZE) and get a sticker in their window. Then, similar to GROUPONS or LIVING SOCIAL deals could be given to WABA Members at these BIKE FRIENDLY BUSINESSES.
The Bicycle Community could be more active in URBAN DEVELOPMENT.
There should be more closing off of streets to cars. Eastern Market on Capital Hill is a great example of a bicycle destination that is much more user-friendly without the stress of in and out traffic. Bethesda Avenue in Montgomery County would do well to have this stretch of road shut off to car traffic on weekends. They would certainly learn the value of being a bike friendly business if this happened.
BIKE SWAPS where people actually “swap” bikes. These swaps would be held in various neighborhoods. There would already be a base of donated bicycles in working order. People would come and pay a nominal fee to trade their bike. Those without a bike to donate would pay a greater fee. There would also be used parts and accessories onsite for sale. Mechanics would be available to check over used bikes as they are sold. Bikes in need of new tires could make a purchase at a reduced price.
IF YOU WANT A BIKE YOU GOT A BIKE
There should be a program that gets people bikes who could not normally afford a bike. BIKE SWAPS where bikes are actually swapped would be a good way to make this happen. Bicycle Safety could be taught at a Bicycle Rodeo on the same days.