Introducing Excella Consulting, a WABA Business Member

WABA’s Business Members understand the importance of a community that bicycles. Their membership supports our advocacy, outreach and education. Our business members are committed to a sustainable future of our region and are adding their voice to a growing number of bicycle-friendly businesses supporting WABA. Today meet Excella Consulting.

As a technology consulting firm, our employees are rarely in the same place at the same time. A small number of us work out of our headquarters in Arlington, VA, but most of our hardworking consultants are stationed at client sites across the DC Metro area. We know that commuting is inevitable in our world, so to ease the burden we offer Excellians a monthly commuter benefit whether they drive, metro or cycle.

In honor of Bike to Work Day, we asked one of our own cycling enthusiasts, Jennifer Forrest, Business Analyst, Scrum Master and Account Lead at Excella, about her bike commute.

What kind of bike do you ride? Nothing fancy, I bought it from a former colleague for $50 – the good thing is that no wants to steal it.

How long does it take you to bike to work? I live in Northeast DC and work in Southwest DC, so 15 minutes if the lights are right, 30 minutes if not. I occasionally cycle to Arlington, which takes about an hour and a half!

How long have you been a bike commuter? About three years. I started out with a city bike to practice my commute before I bought my bike. Sometimes I supplement with Uber or WMATA in the winter, but I’ve found that DC is surprisingly bike-able.

What’s the best part about biking to work? So many things. I get fresh air and exercise every day. It’s faster and on my own terms. It’s also a de-stressor – my ride home is a time to transition to my personal life.

How does Excella support cyclists? Excella has an environment-friendly commuting expense policy that offers you $20 per month if you ride to work eight or more times in a month. If you work at HQ you can park your bike for free in the parking garage, but many client sites in federal buildings also have bike parking. It’s easy to get in and out of the office on time!

Advice for novices? Assume that no one sees you! Also, helmets are not cute, but traumatic brain injuries are not cute either so make sure you have a helmet. Lastly, you don’t have to be a triathlete to have a bike commute – you can do this!

Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? For just $300 or $800 per year, you can show your support for a bike-friendly region and WABA’s advocacy and get all sorts of perks, including your very own blog post! Details here.

Introducing HDR Architecture, a Leadership Level WABA Business Member

WABA’s Business Members understand the importance of a community that bicycles. Their membership supports our advocacy, outreach and education. Our business members are committed to a sustainable future of our region and are adding their voice to a growing number of bicycle-friendly businesses supporting WABA. Today meet HDR Architecture.

HDR Architecture is proud to become the newest member of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. HDR is a global architecture and engineering firm with nearly 10,000 employees and 220 offices worldwide. We think global and act local, which is exactly why we want to continue supporting our greater Washington, DC community through WABA.

At HDR, we’ve been delivering solutions through smart design for 100 years. Through our projects near and far, we take pride in enriching the ways in which people work, live and play. Ensuring a sustainable world now and in the future is a big deal to us, therefore supporting a bike-friendly community is most certainly a cause we can support.

Learn more about HDR by visiting www.hdrinc.com and follow the hashtag #HDR_DC on Twitter for a view from the local lens of our DC Architecture practice.

Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? For just $300 or $800 per year, you can show your support for a bike-friendly region and WABA’s advocacy and get all sorts of perks, including your very own blog post! Details here.

Introducing the American Diabetes Association, a WABA Business Member

WABA’s Business Members understand the importance of a community that bicycles. Their membership supports our advocacy, outreach and education. Our business members are committed to a sustainable future of our region and are adding their voice to a growing number of bicycle-friendly businesses supporting WABA. Today meet the American Diabetes Association.

The American Diabetes Association will hold its annual Northern Virginia Tour de Cure at the Reston Town Center on May 13, 2017.   The Tour features a variety of routes for people of all ages and skill sets.   The Tour is one of the Association’s signature fundraising events, supporting its mission to prevent and cure diabetes and improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.  By participating in the Tour you become a critical part of this mission and community.  Register or volunteer for the Northern Virginia Tour de Cure here- www.diabetes.org/novatourdecure.

Locally, the Association works in the community to increase awareness around diabetes.  They train ambassadors who can work in their community to encourage healthy lifestyles.  They also have program like the Senior Signature Series that trains senior citizens in healthy habits.  The Association is constantly at work in the community to provide education and awareness in an effort to help everyone in our area who is affected by diabetes.  You can learn more about the local chapter here.

Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? For just $300 or $800 per year, you can show your support for a bike-friendly region and WABA’s advocacy and get all sorts of perks, including your very own blog post! Details here.

Give the Gift of Better Bicycling

The air is getting chillier, the leaves have fallen, and the days are getting shorter.  You know what that means:  The holidays are upon us!

In the season of giving, what better gift is there than beautiful trails, safe bike lanes, and better bicycling for everyone? Give the gift of Better Bicycling with cool WABA jerseys, t-shirts, and socks from the WABA Store!  We’ve even put together some gift bundles with a 1-year WABA Membership certificate to make it an easy one-stop shop.

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Don’t forget that WABA members get 20% off all purchases at the WABA Store.  Contact membership@waba.org for the discount code.

Introducing EYA, WABA Business Member and 2016 Cider Ride Title Sponsor

WABA’s Business Members understand the importance of a community that bicycles. Their membership supports our advocacy, outreach and education. Our business members are committed to a sustainable future of our region and are adding their voice to a growing number of bicycle-friendly businesses supporting WABA. Today meet EYA.

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EYA is proud to join the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) as a new business member. In 2016, EYA became WABA’s largest event supporter as the title sponsor of The Cider Ride. EYA’s support helps WABA bring people together to celebrate cycling and raise awareness of and support for cycling safety.

EYA is a local developer with a focus on smart growth communities where residents can enjoy an active lifestyle with easy access to the region’s many amenities and transit options––including metro, bus, bicycle, and walking. EYA shares common goals with WABA members to reduce dependence on cars and encourage new opportunities for more sustainable living.

Since 1992, EYA has earned recognition for introducing innovative and thoughtfully designed new homes in DC metro area neighborhoods. Learn more about EYA’s commitment to life within walking distance ® and all of their bicycle and pedestrian friendly neighborhoods at EYA.com.

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 Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? For just $300 or $800 per year, you can show your support for a bike-friendly region and WABA’s advocacy and get all sorts of perks, including your very own blog post! Details here.

Better Bike Lanes, and Other Concrete Benefits of Membership

It’s our annual fall membership drive! We disrupt our regularly scheduled updates to urge you to join or renew with WABA today.

Join or renew with WABA this week to Vote for the Tote and get your very own WABA messenger-style tote bag!

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Yes Please!

We aren’t shy about enumerating your membership benefits. First and most importantly your financial support directly supports our work to improve your bike experience.  Our staff is deeply knowledgeable, efficient, and passionate about our mission, so your membership dollars do a lot of hard work to make this region better!

But there are more concrete WABA benefits beyond concrete infrastructure:

Membership Benefits!

  • Click here to view a list of area bike shops that provide discounts on parts, accessories, or bikes if you present your WABA membership card.
  • Gain access to WABA’s ride calendar, featuring regional favorites like the 50 States Ride & 13 Colonies Ride, the Vasa Ride, and the upcoming Cider Ride.
  • Reserve one of our complimentary Bike Boxes when you travel with your bike.

Join or renew today!

Membership Perks!

  • Better Backs Athletic & Physical Therapy: 15% off all products and services.
  • Bike and Roll: $10 off bike rentals and $10 off bike tours. Learn More
  • Bike Escapades: WABA members receive $150 off their bike touring trips (with an additional $150 donated to WABA). Learn More
  • Czech Active Tours: Save $50 off a bike rental at any of their European Bike Tours when you mention WABA. They will donate an additional $50 to WABA. Learn More
  • Rentabikenow.com: Save $5 every time you reserve a bike at one of their 250+ locations. Contact membership@waba.org for discount code. Learn More
  • Annie’s Ace Hardware: 5% off one item under $50. Learn more
  • Brighter Days Collective Dog Walking & Pet Sitting: Get the cost of your WABA membership deducted from your dog walking bill! Learn More
  • Car2Go: Free Car2Go Membership (Usually $35) + $10 of drive time credit. Contact membership@waba.org for discount code. Learn more
  • Embody Pure Fitness: 15% discount on any personal training package and a free fitness evaluation. Learn more
  • Flow Yoga: 15% discount on all classes! Learn More
  • Gottaswing: 20% off beginner classes for first-time students at DC locations. Learn more
  • Island Press: 30% off all titles. Contact membership@waba.org for discount code. Learn more
  • Lunar Massage: Free membership ($40 savings) at all Lunar Massage locations. Learn more
  • Momentum Magazine: Free digital subscription. Email membership@waba.org for details.
  • Results Gym: 20% the monthly rate of chosen membership and discounted enrollment fee with WABA Member card. Learn More
  • Tranquil Space: Unlimited 15% discounts on 1,6, or 10 class pass purchases at either Tranquil Space location (Dupont or Arlington). Learn more
  • Up the Creek Rentals: 10% off kayak rentals.  Learn more
  • YMCA: Enrollment fee is reduced ($50) and 10% off monthly dues at all DC, MD, and VA locations. Discount does not apply at the 14th & W NW location. Learn More
  • ZipCar: Half off your first-year annual fee (making it just $30)! Email membership@waba.org for discount code.

What are you waiting for?

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 Coalition

For 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.

I want to see more trails! 


Taught thousands of kids and adults to ride

Sun's out, tongues outThrough 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 season

Throughout 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 Act

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After 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!

I want better bike laws! 


Pulled 1,414 miles with the Arlington PAL Ambassador and DC Bike Ambassador Billboards

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Thanks 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!

I want friendlier roads! 


Grew a community of Bike Advocates on Two Wheels

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Everyone 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! 


Advocated for more and better bike infrastructure


In the past six months WABA has led the push for hundreds of new miles of bike lanes, dozens of sections of protected bike lanes (including the first in Prince George’s County), the launch of a newly completed Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, and updates for 3 bike master plans (the documents deciding the fate of our bike infrastructure).

I want to see more bike lanes!