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!


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
  • Save $5 every time you reserve a bike at one of their 250+ locations. Contact 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 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 for discount code. Learn more
  • Lunar Massage: Free membership ($40 savings) at all Lunar Massage locations. Learn more
  • Momentum Magazine: Free digital subscription. Email 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 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

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

At the #FixContrib Rally

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


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

Stopped at a light (Photo by Chuck Cage)

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! 

We Make it Easy for You to Get Out and Ride!

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 right now!


WABA in the Wild riders at Milepost 0 on the C&O Canal Towpath after three days of biking and camping.

WABA has an incredible line up of large community bike rides that challenge, unite, and help you get miles of beautiful roads and trails under those tires. These rides are designed just for you – our WABA Members. Our signature events exist to bring together people who bike in Maryland, Virginia, and DC — hey, that’s YOU! — in a safe and welcoming space to celebrate bicycling and ride together. We make it easy for you to get out and ride.

We just held our FIRST EVER multi-day bicycle tour, WABA in the Wild, and it was a tremendous success.


Celebrating 184.5 miles and raising $12,000 for better bicycling!

Here’s what a few of the WABA in the Wild riders had to say about it:

“My weekend with WABA was wet, wild, and so, so wonderful. What an incredible bunch of new friends. Having been a road rider up to now, I found the towpath surface more technical (and painful!) than expected. But with great company, gorgeous weather two of the three days, and so much positive, passionate, bike-loving energy, the 185’ish miles were pure joy. It was impossible not to fall in love with this trail and the great folks of WABA who seek to protect it and create more like it.” – WABA Member Lauren A.

And also this:

“We made it. And all of you who helped me – you gave to some incredibly talented and dedicated people. 185 miles of amazing scenery and history with an awesome group of people. Feeling really grateful.” -WABA Member Joe Q.

And finally:

“We had a great ride this past weekend riding from Cumberland, MD to Georgetown via the C&O canal – from overcoming the rain and giant trail puddles on Saturday, to infinite cheezit (occasionally with Nutella) consumption, trail names, aching backsides, glorious fall sunshine, and new friends. WABA is an amazing advocacy organization in DC with qualified leadership and a strategic vision.” – WABA Member Cassie H.

Here’s our challenge to you:

If you’ve participated in a WABA event and enjoyed the ride, we urge you to show your appreciation for our community and give back to the organization that continues to work day in and day out to make the region a better place to ride a bike. Join WABA or renew your membership today.

Excited about jumping into a WABA Event now that you’re a member?

You’re in luck, because our next signature ride, The Cider Ride, is coming up in just a few weekends on Saturday, November 5th. Register today!!

The Cider Ride is your chance to join or renew if you haven’t yet, and then to experience the fun, welcoming, and inclusive community that WABA is. Plus, all of our signature rides are essentially fundraisers in disguise – you get to ride your bike, get a custom ride branded t-shirt or mug, and enjoy a bunch of snacks and treats – while we get to raise funds that help support our advocacy, education, and outreach efforts.


See views like this on the 2016 Cider Ride on November 5th!

We do our best to make it easy for you to get out there and ride. We hope to see you on November 5th for The Cider Ride, and we hope you will consider joining us for WABA in the Wild next year!


Help shape the places you live, work, shop, and play


Office of Planning is updating the District’s Comprehensive Plan

The Comprehensive Plan is a 20-year framework that guides future growth and development in the city.  It shapes the places we live, work, shop, and play. The Office of Planning periodically updates Comprehensive Plan to ensure that it remains responsive to the needs of the community.

Between October 19th and November 14th, OP is hosting a series of 7 community meetings to gather public input about the Plan.

Meeting Dates and Locations:

October 19, Wednesday 6PM-8:30PM (Presentation at 6:30PM)

Columbia Heights Educational Campus, 3101 16th St NW

Nearest Metro: Columbia Heights (Green and Yellow Lines)

Mid-City and Rock Creek East Area Elements

October 22, Saturday 9AM-11:30AM (Presentation at 9:30AM)

Thurgood Marshall Public Charter School, 2427 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE

Nearest Metro: Anacostia (Green Line)

Far Southeast and Southwest Area Element

October 25, Tuesday 6PM-8:30PM (Presentation at 6:30PM)

Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St NW

Nearest Metro: Tenleytown (Red Line)

Rock Creek West Area Element

October 27, Thursday 6PM-8:30PM (Presentation at 6:30PM)

Department of Employment Services, 4058 Minnesota Ave NE

Nearest Metro: Minnesota Avenue (Orange Line)

Far Northeast/Southeast Area Element

November 1, Tuesday 6PM-8:30PM (Presentation at 6:30PM)

School Without Walls @ Francis- Stevens, 2425 N St NW

Nearest Metro: Foggy Bottom (Orange, Silver, and Blue Lines)

Central Washington and Near Northwest Area Elements

November 3, Thursday 6PM-8:30PM (Presentation at 6:30PM)

Jefferson Middle School Academy, 801 7th Street SW

Nearest Metro: L’Enfant Plaza (Orange, Silver, Blue, Yellow, and Green Lines)

Capitol Hill and Lower Anacostia Waterfront/Near Southwest Area Elements

November 14, Monday 6PM-8:30PM (Presentation at 6:30PM)

Luke C. Moore High School, 1001 Monroe St NE

Nearest Metro: Brookland (Red Line)

Upper Northeast Area Element


No more late night metro service? Ever?

Image via WMATA.

Metro is currently starting a process to make late night service suspensions permanent.

Late-night weekend Metro service has been temporarily halted during the SafeTrack program, with Metro now closing at midnight on Friday and Saturday in order to facilitate repair and maintenance work. Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld recently began the formal process to make that change permanent. In the Washington Region, Metro rail and bicycling have a shared history in expanding transportation choice. Going backwards shouldn’t be an option.

Metro is asking members of the public to share their opinion in the following ways:

  • In person on Thurs. Oct. 20: Attend an open house (anytime between noon and 9:00 p.m.) and a public hearing (anytime between 12:30 and 10:00 p.m.) at Metro Headquarters, 600 5th St NW, Washington DC;
  • Take Metro’s online survey;
  • Email comments to:;
  • Provide feedback to staff in person at various Metrorail stations. [Click here for a list of dates, stations and times.]

The public comment period on the proposal to permanently end late-night service closes 5:00 p.m. on Oct. 25.

Public feedback will be provided to Metro’s Board of Directors this December as part of the final decision process.


It’s the 2016 Membership Drive!

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

Join or renew to make sure bicycling keeps getting better in DC, Maryland and Virginia. Plus we have some limited-edition merch again this year.

What will it say? Well, that’s up to you:

We want to make sure everyone is a part of the Member Drive fun, so we’re inviting you to to Vote for the Tote! Join or Renew your WABA Membership and cast your vote for the best bike PSA and get yourself a magnet or messenger style tote bag featuring the winning message!

Join or Renew right now!

You already know that people who have access to biking benefit from a healthier, more-connected, more vibrant community.

You share WABA’s commitment to make biking safe, normal, and popular in our cities and for generations to come.

And you support our work to advocate for a network of protected, low-stress bike lanes and trails.

When you join WABA, you join more than 6,500 residents from across the region who understand how important it is for communities to support and prioritize biking.

Join or Renew today

The benefits of joining WABA are clear: You support our advocacy work and allow us to make really, major, changes for better bicycling. You gain access to a list of local businesses who support your decision to bike, and you gain access to a like-minded community of people who care about making biking better for everyone.

Whether you bike with your children on the weekends, bike to work occasionally, or you use your bike every day to run errands around town, your WABA membership is working to improve your bike experience.

What are you waiting for?

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  • Click here to check out the benefits of being a WABA Member!
  • Join or renew during our Member Drive for just $25 and get a limited edition magnet, or join at the $30 per year or higher and receive our limited edition tote bag.
  • Make your voice heard by voting for the slogan that will appear on the tote and the magnet when you renew.
  • Current WABA Members can receive our limited edition tote by renewing their membership. We’ll add a year to your current expiration date.
  • Annual membership is good for one-calendar year. Auto-renewing memberships are charged on the same date every year and do not expire until payment stops.
  • Memberships bought or renewed during the membership drive week include all regular WABA Member Benefits.

Meet the Capital Trails Coalition!

WABA is thrilled to announce an initiative we’ve been hard at work on for the past year.

On Thursday, Oct. 13 we will stand with our partners along the Mount Vernon Trail to announce the creation of the Capital Trails Coalition, a collaboration of public and private organizations, agencies, and citizen volunteers working to advance completion of an interconnected network of multi-use trails for metropolitan Washington, DC.

The Coalition convenes and coordinates among the public and private stakeholders who are critical to accomplishing the vision of an interconnected network.

In addition, the Capital Trails Coalition continually works to identify trail funding, broaden the base of support, and cultivate widespread consensus that a capital trail network is a regional priority.

As more and more people rely on bicycles to get where they’re going, it’s important to ensure that our bike network is connected, easy to use, and easy to navigate.

WABA is proud to serve as a partner in the Capital Trails Coalition. We are committed to the vision of a completed regional trail network and are very, very excited to have such a powerhouse team of agencies, nonprofits and corporate partners to work with.

The Coalition has been meeting regularly since the 2015 Trails Symposium last November and has made tremendous progress, including establishing a steering committee, three working groups, developing governance structures and a graphic identity. We have begun the gritty work of defining the trails system and establishing criteria for inclusion in the network.

But there is a lot to be done! And we are excited to share the news of the Coalition’s formation so that we can begin talking to the public about the trail network and garnering feedback and input.

For more information, and to sign up for updates, visit