Climate Ride Information Session TONIGHT!

Join WABA staff tonight, Wednesday May 21 at 6 p.m. at the WABA office (2599 Ontario Road NW) to talk 2014 Climate Ride.  We’ll share stories, tips and give you a rundown on the most fun way to raise money for WABA and along the way, awareness for climate change!  We’ll provide the beer and some light snacks. RSVP here

(Psst:  Check out our NEW design for our 2014 WABA Climate Ride jersey-it’s not final, still working out a few stripe details)140986_M_R_MU3-1

Ride for WABA in the 2014 Climate Ride

2013 Climate Riders

It’s time to register to be a WABA Climate Rider in 2014!

This year, there are a few new Climate Ride offerings and routes. Perhaps they’ll tempt you into undertaking a long-distance charity ride fundraiser! Consider the possibility of pedaling through breathtaking scenery to raise awareness for climate change and raise money for WABA.

Last year, WABA Climate Riders raised over $38,000 to support our organization’s advocacy efforts, which are spread throughout the Washington, D.C. area. Tackling the Climate Ride is a compelling way to keep WABA going. If you participate in the Climate Ride and choose WABA as your 100 percent beneficiary, you get a custom Team WABA 2014 jersey—and all the help we can offer you in planning training rides, sending fundraising emails, and arranging travel logicistics.

The season kicks off with Climate Ride California (May 17-20); this is a new route through California wine country that ends in the state capital, Sacramento (Please note: This ride is now two-thirds full, so sign up ASAP!) The first-ever Climate Ride Midwest (Sept. 6-9) departs Grand Rapids for Chicago. And the classic New York City to D.C. Climate Ride (Sept. 20-25) is guaranteed to have a strong showing from Team WABA.

You can sign up for any of these rides right now, but they are guaranteed to sell out! Before this post went up, the Climate Hike through Glacier National Park filled up. Get your Climate Ride spot today!

For more information, see the Climate Ride website, and feel free to contact Team WABA Captain Gina Arlotto with any questions at

Escort the Climate Riders Into D.C. on Wed., Sept. 25!

Last week, the Team WABA Climate Riders, led by our development coordinator Gina Arlotto, took off from Brooklyn toward D.C. Climate Riders pledge to raise money for nonprofits like WABA; Team WABA, whose members will donate 100 percent of their fundraising proceeds to our organization, met its goal of $50,000. Climate Riders are well underway and have so far traveled through New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.

To show our appreciation for Team WABA and celebrate its completion of the Climate Ride, we’ll be welcoming the riders to D.C. tomorrow afternoon as part of a Climate Ride-wide organized escorting event. Team WABA will not only be completing the Climate Ride, it’ll be returning to its home city. Please join us to fete our riders, who’ve worked hard for several months to raise money to support WABA’s mission!

There are several options for escorting in the Climate Ride:

  • Meet up with the Climate Riders between 1 and 2 p.m. on Ellsworth Drive in downtown Silver Spring and ride their route’s last 18 miles to the staging area at Thompson’s Boat Center
  • Meet at Thompson’s Boat Center at 3:15 p.m.
  • Rally around the Capitol at 4:15 p.m.

For more information on meeting up with the Climate Riders, see the Climate Ride website.

WABA staffers are planning on escorting the ride, and we hope to see you there!

Some photos our Climate Riders have posted from their journey can be found below the jump. Continue reading

Team WABA Begins the NYC-D.C. Climate Ride Tomorrow

Tomorrow, WABA’s development coordinator Gina Arlotto will begin the Climate Ride, a five-day charity ride from New York City to D.C. Gina is leading Team WABA, a group of riders contributing 100 percent of their fundraising to support our advocacy work. The 300-mile route takes Team WABA and other Climate Riders from Brooklyn to D.C., through Amish country and Maryland horse farms. The Climate Ride ends in our hometown, on Capitol Hill. Check out an estimated map of the route here.

Team WABA is still working tirelessly to reach its goal of $50,000. You can donate today, helping us fund a new round of important bike-advocacy initiatives. Gina’s fundraising page can be found here.

Consider joining Team WABA on the last leg of its journey. Next Wednesday, pick up the Climate Ride at Thompson’s Boathouse at 3 p.m. and finish with the 205 fundraising riders in Capitol Hill. Get more details on celebrating the riders’ final leg here.

Many thanks to those who have supported Team WABA so far!

Support Climate Rider Nicole, Win a Linus Bike!

You’ve likely heard that WABA has a team participating in the Climate Ride this September. Over 200 bicyclists will ride from New York City to D.C. from Sept. 21 to 25. Team WABA is riding with more than 47 people who are donating all or some portion of their fundraising directly to our advocacy efforts! Team WABA is trying to reach $50,000 in funds raised to make up the deficit we are facing with, most notably, the loss of Bike DC.

Team WABA member Nicole Donnelly is tackling her first long-distance charity ride with the Climate Ride. Anyone that donates $25 (or more!) by Aug. 31, 2013 to Nicole’s Climate Ride fundraising is eligible to win a 3-speed Linus bike in their choice of model and size from BicycleSpace. The 3-speed Linus is available in Roadster, Dutchi, and Mixte models. More information can be found on Nicole’s blog.

In order to be eligible, a donation must be registered by the Climate Ride donation software on (or before) Aug. 31, 2013 and the donor must select “Allow participant to see my email address.” Only one entry will be counted per donor. The winner will be selected and notified during the first week of September.

Please click here to donate to be entered into Nicole’s raffle. Check out some of the other WABA team members and donate here. We’re 60 percent of the way to our overall Team WABA goal of $50,000. Won’t you help us reach it?

Climate Ride Meet-and-Greet Tonight!

Join the WABA staff tonight, Tues., April 9 at 6 p.m. at the WABA office (2599 Ontario Road NW). All interested in participating in the 2013 Climate Ride should attend: Past climate riders, members of Team WABA, and Climate Ride staff will provide an introduction, including fundraising tips and training advice. RSVP here so that we can order enough pizza!

We’re beginning to profile those who have already joined Team WABA. Maybe you’ll be next!

Meet Team WABA Climate Ride California Member Leah Lemoine

In the lead-up to the Climate Ride California in May and Climate Ride NYC-D.C. in September, we’ll be introducing Team WABA members. Follow their progress, be inspired by their commitment, and find out why they’re taking on the Climate Ride for WABA. Today, meet Leah Lemoine.
Leah Lemoine
“Transportation accounts for nearly a third of our greenhouse gas emissions. Fifty percent of our car trips are less than three miles. Getting out of single-occupancy vehicles and onto bikes for even a just a quarter of these shorter trips could have large impacts on our greenhouse gas emissions. I am riding for WABA to help support their efforts in advocating for bike infrastructure that will make cyclists safe and comfortable on the roads so that hopping on a bike for transport is an easier choice.

I’ve been able to live out my personal pledge to reduce my carbon footprint by living car-free since I moved to DC four years ago. Using a bike as my primary mode of transport has been made much easier through WABA’s efforts. I am delighted to give back to WABA by riding in Climate Ride!”

Please consider donating to Leah’s ride! For her fundraising page, click here.

Team WABA Takes on the 2013 Climate Ride

Team WABA will once again participate in the Climate Rides, the largest environmental charity bike rides in the U.S. Cyclists participate in this “green conference on wheels” by raising money for beneficiary organizations and riding five days through beautiful coastal scenery. Combine your passion for biking with making a concrete difference by signing up for the Climate Ride today!

Climate Ride California is May 19-23. Beginning in Eureka, the route continues along the North Coast, enters the wine country of the Russian River Valley, and crosses the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco.

Climate Ride NYC-D.C. is Sept. 21-25. Riders depart Manhattan by ferry and head south through New Jersey, the Delaware River Valley, Pennsylvania’s Amish country, and Maryland’s horse country, ending on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

These rides are fully supported and include accommodations (with hot showers!), meals, road support, luggage transfer, bike mechanics, expert guides, and a nightly speaker series dedicated to issues like sustainability, climate change, and building a green economy.

The $75 registration fee includes a Climate Ride 2013 jersey, a personal fundraising page, fundraising support, training tips, and access to a nationwide network of climate riders. You must raise a minimum of $2,400 to participate in the rides. The rides are capped at 200 participants each. Learn more at

Ride for WABA and Support Our Advocacy
For the third year, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association is a beneficiary of Climate Ride. If you select WABA as your beneficiary when you register, we will be the recipient of the funds you raise. Your participation in the Climate Ride advances our work!

…And Get a Free Team WABA Bike Jersey!
Join Team WABA to connect with other members who also want to see a healthier, more livable, and bicycle-friendly region. If you register and donate 100% of your fundraising to WABA, we’ll give you a WABA Climate jersey, feature you on our blog, help coordinate training rides, and sponsor happy hours for WABA team members to network and share tips. If you donate at least 50% of your fundraising to WABA, you can purchase one of our jerseys at cost.

We hope you will consider joining Team WABA. Contact captain Gina Arlotto in our office at (202) 518-0524 x204 with questions.

Register for the 2013 Climate Ride here. See you on the ride!

Climate Ride Meet & Greet
Tues., April 9 6pm
Join the WABA staff for a meet-and-greet on Tues., April 9 at 6 p.m. All interested in participating in the 2013 Climate Ride should attend: Past climate riders, members of Team WABA, and Climate Ride staff will provide an introduction, including fundraising tips and training advice.

WABA Office
2599 Ontario Road NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
RSVP here (so we don’t run out of pizza!)

Join WABA & the Climate Riders for a fundraising happy hour Tuesday, April 24th

Get to know your Climate Riders and fellow WABAns while enjoying a happy hour beer (or two).  Bring your co-workers, friends, significant others, or entire family.  As you mingle and munch with a roomful of stellar folks, you’ll also be helping raise money toward the Team WABA fundraising goal and thereby, supporting WABA with every sip.  We’ll be raffling off fun prizes and getting pumped for the upcoming ride!  With May 19th fast approaching, there is little more than a month to go before the Climate Riders hit the road for 5 days and 300 miles!

Tuesday, April 24th, 6 pm-8 pm

Continental Pool Lounge

1911 North Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA

How? (Are we raising funds for Team WABA)
We will be holding a raffle for some sweet biking stuff including the limited edition 2012 Team WABA Climate Ride jersey.  We also strongly suggest a donation of $5 or more to support Team WABA.

Register here and bring a friend.  Or just show up!

Climate Ride Happy Hour at Meridian Pint This Tuesday 3/27

WABA is hosting a Climate Ride Fundraising happy hour event  Tuesday 3/27 at Meridian Pint from 6pm – 8pm.

Bring your friends, family, co-workers and anyone you think might be interested in mingling with our awesome Climate Riders and WABA folks. This is an opportunity for you to get to know our riders, but also to raise funds towards the WABA Team goal. We will be raffling off a bunch of fabulous prizes including a WABA 2012 Climate Ride Jersey.

All tickets sold at the raffle will go towards the Team WABA goal.

Again the happy hour is at Meridian Pint from 6-8pm.

Please register for the event here and pass it on to friends and family as well: