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. 

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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!


This year’s 50 States & 13 Colonies Ride was huge and awesome

This year, WABA saw record numbers of attendees at the annual 50 States and 13 Colonies Ride. That also means we raised some serious dough for better bicycling in the District, Maryland and Virginia— thanks for your support!

Check out some of the photos of the amazing day:

Thanks to our amazing event sponsors, riders were able to enjoy fruit, water, granola bars, burritos, beer, pizza, and more!

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Keep being awesome, and see you at our next ride event!

Unlimited s’mores, miles of gravel, and this super sweet limited edition jersey

You can support better bicycling in just 184.5 miles while enjoying unlimited s’mores and trail snacks, miles and miles of stress-free and car-free gravel riding with scenic river views and vistas, and a new super sweet limited edition WABA in Wild adventure jersey!


Be Part of this Epic Adventure

The registration deadline for signing up for WABA in the Wild is September 23rd (that’s tomorrow) at Midnight. Register today to save your spot!

The Details

WABA in the Wild is a fully supported peer-to-peer fundraising ride that raises support for WABA’s advocacy and outreach efforts in the DC region. The tour will take place on the Chesapeak and Ohio Canal Towpath from Friday, October 7th to Monday, October 11th.

WABA will bus riders and all their stuff (all you need to bring is your bicycle, tent, sleeping bag, and a couple changes of clothes) to Cumberland, MD on Friday. We’ll camp in Cumberland on Friday night, Hancock, MD on Saturday night, and bunk or camp at the Harper’s Ferry Hostel on Sunday night. We’ll spend three days (Sat, Sun, Mon) bicycling downhill on the canal towpath going about 60-65 miles each day, with plenty of snack breaks in between the miles.

It is a peer-to-peer fundraising ride, so every dollar you raise goes to support WABA – that means that if we get 35 riders to join us for WABA in the Wild, over $40,000 will go directly to support WABA’s efforts to make bicycling better.

We Will Downright Pamper You

We know bike touring, camping, and biking 65 miles a day can be a bit intimidating. That’s why we want to make it as easy as possible for you to check this off your bucket list. If you’ve never biked the entire C&O Canal – or even if you have and you’ve been wanting to do it again – this is your chance to do it.

  • We plan all the super boring and annoying logistics for you so all you have to do is show up
  • We arrange transportation to the tour start in Cumberland
  • We build the fire and cook delicious campfire meals for you
  • We load up and carry and your camping gear and luggage to each campsite
  • We take you out for lunch and dinner one day in Canal Towns along the towpath
  • We have a SAG vehicle ready to meet you at a trail access point just in case
  • We bring the bug spray, lanterns, candles, s’mores, music, clotheslines, evening story times, camp chairs  – and if it’s muddy we’ll even wipe down your bike for you


Thank you New Belgium Brewing for another super Tour de Fat!

Photo courtesy of New Belgium Brewing

Photo courtesy of New Belgium Brewing

WABA was lucky enough to be the non-profit beneficiary of DC’s fifth Tour de Fat bicycle festival last weekend on Saturday, May 21st.  Yes, there was a little rain, but the Tour de Fat still turned into a day of really good beer drinking, beautiful smiling faces, and lots of support raised for better bicycling.

We are extremely grateful for New Belgium Brewing’s support in making the Washington, DC region a better place to ride a bike.

You and New Belgium helped us raise more than $26,000 for bicycle non-profits in the DC region!! This money goes toward WABA’s work to advocate for better bicycling across the region, and helps support four of our non-profit partners to further their bicycle advocacy missions as well.

WABA also wants to give a big bicycle thank you to everyone who attended the Tour de Fat, brought a friend or family member with you, enjoyed a beer (or two) and helped us to raise a lot of support that WABA will use to advance our mission of advocating for better bicycling across the region.

We really appreciate the help and support of our partner non-profits (Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts, Black Women Bike DC, Phoenix Bikes, and Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling), and we’re happy to be able to share the proceeds of the event with them to further bicycling across the entire region and for bicyclists of all ages.

Check out some of our photos from the Tour de Fat this year, and while you wait for the bemusement to return next summer, go out and enjoy the ride:

Here’s a REALLY easy way that you can make biking better

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Want to know what it is? Want to make biking better?

Click this button to make biking better

Yes, that button just takes you to WABA’s webpage about Bike to Work Day because registering for Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 20th is really important!

Yes, I want to make biking better!

By registering for Bike to Work Day, you get to show the decision makers across our region that biking matters, that you matter, and that you choose to bike for transportation. It’s a fun and important way to make sure that our policymakers take bicyclists seriously.

That’s why, you should still register even if you bike every day. The growth of Bike to Work Day is one of many statistics planners use to track the growth of bicycling, so make sure you’re counted! Plus, you can use this bike holiday on May 20th as a way to spread the bikelove. Tell your coworkers in your office about Bike to Work Day and ask them if they would consider biking to work.

By signing up and stopping by your nearest pit stop—and with 83 pit stops across the region there is bound to be one near you—you and that coworker you’re riding can rake in all sorts of snacks, swag, coffee and that badge of honor, the Bike to Work Day t-shirt.

Plus you get to feel like you are something bigger than your normal commute, and that is a powerful feeling.

What are you waiting for? Sign up for Bike to Work Day today.

Do you think Bike Month is rad?


Yes, I think Bike Month is rad

Yeah it is. Bike Month is super rad.

Can you lend a hand for just an hour and a half after work this week to help us hang some posters around town?

Yes, I’ll help spread the word

WABA staff will be leading teams of volunteers in a few neighborhoods to hit all the business, restaurants, shops, bars, coffee spots, and stores that we can from 6:00-7:30pm to hang up posters and fliers on Wednesday May 4th and Thursday May 5th. Sign up or learn more at www.waba.org/spreadtheword.

Want to earn a free WABA membership? If you volunteer with WABA three times in a year, you get a free membership!

Want to earn a spot in WABA’s famous 50 States Ride this September (the ride that everyone loves and that sells out in 36 hours)? We will randomly pick one volunteer who helps us out this Wed or Thurs to get a free registration!

Yes, I want free entry for WABA’s 50 States Ride!

WABA hopes you have a very happy Bike Month. We’ll see you out there in a bike lane or protected cycle track. Have any questions about volunteering? Email volunteer@waba.org.

Announcing the Tour de Fat 2016 line up!

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Tour de Fat is the coolest bicycle festival you will ever attend.

There’s really great craft beer, funky bikes that you can test out, and FREE music and entertainment! PLUS, Tour de Fat is one of WABA’s biggest fundraisers of the year, so you’ve definitely got to make it!

Announcing the 2016 Line Up:

We’re excited to announce that Los Amigos Invisibles and Esmé Patterson will be performing at on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at the Tour de Fat at Yards Park!

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Los Amigos Invisibles have developed a sound based on the “gozadera,” an irresistible fusion of Latin rhythms with fiery funk and lounge music.


Esmé Patterson plays soulful dream-rock tunes and hails from Denver, Colorado.

Esme Patterson

RSVP and invite your friends, your dog, and your Mom on Facebook here!

Tour de Fat Schedule:

10:00 am – Ride Registration opens (pre-register here!)
11:00 am – Parade-style Bike Ride departs from Yards Park
12:00 pm – Fashion! Show and Tapping of the Kegs
1:00 pm – Esmé Patterson Band
2:15 pm – The Bike is Right! Game Show to win a 2016 New Belgium bike
2:45 pm – Car For Bike Trade
3:40 pm – Los Amigos Invisibles
5:00 pm – Adios Amigos! (curfew)

Did you Know?!

We also wanted to make sure you knew everything you needed to know in preparation for this year’s Tour de Fat so that we can all make it the BIGGEST and BEST Tour de Fat that DC has ever seen:

  • Did you know that wacky costumes are the norm? The sillier and more outlandish, the better!
  • Did you know that you can pre-register for the kick-off bike ride so that you can skip the lines and crowds the morning of?
  • Did you know that you can get some SWEEEEET New Belgium swag, like sunglasses, a limited edition 2016 patch, or a license plate for your bike, when you pre-register for the ride?
  • Did you know that New Belgium Brewing will have TONS of craft beer at the festival for sale for just five bucks?
  • Did you know that ADMISSION AND HIGH FIVES ARE FREE at the Tour de Fat?!
  • And did you know that all the proceeds from the event benefit WABA?

We’ll see you on Saturday, May 21st for the Tour de Fat at Yards Park in DC!