THANK YOU FOR MAKING THE FALL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE A HUGE SUCCESS!

As you may have heard, last week was our Fall Membership Drive. This year, through our Stress Less t-shirts and stickers, we asked for your support in advocating for more protected bike lanes in the DC area, and wow, did you respond! All told we welcomed 880 new and renewing WABA Members! Your support is truly inspiring and shows us the passion that this region has for cycling.

Membership not only supports youth and adult classes, advocacy efforts, community events, and programs that strengthen the bicycling community in the DC area, but also acts as a concrete measure of the commitment of cyclists to WABA’s mission.   Thank you; we could not do what we do without you!

The Membership Drive may be over, but it’s never to late to join the more than 5,500 area cyclists that have become WABA members! Head to waba.org/join today!

Be part of a fun and welcoming community through rides and events

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!

We host WABA events to create a place for WABA Members and supporters to come together, one that’s safe and fun, and usually on two wheels!

Our staff may take on the logistics but it’s you, our members, that ensure our events and our community are more connected and vibrant. WABA members gain access to three signature rides each year: the Vasa Ride in March, the 50 States & 13 Colonies Ride in September, and The Cider Ride in just a few weeks.

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The Vasa Ride and 50 States Ride are both open to WABA Members only as a member benefit, and the Cider Ride features a special pre-registration open to WABA members only so they can snag their spot early and at a discounted rate (oh hey! that pre-registration for the Cider Ride is happening right NOW!).

WABA holds other community and social events too, including: the Bicyclist Choice Awards, a way to celebrate the hard work and commitment to bicycling of many of our supporters and partners; Bike to Work Day, a region-wide event co-organized with Commuter Connections to encourage people to give commuting to work by bicycle a try and to celebrate those who already commute by bike; Tour de Fat, a tremendously fun and wacky bicycle festival with our friends from New Belgium Brewing that doubles as WABA’s largest fundraiser of the year; and social events like the WABA Member Holiday Party, Member Open Houses, and Member Appreciation Happy Hours.

Cider Ride 2013 - group shotWABA’s ride events are particularly special because of their welcoming sense of community, the support provided through WABA staff and volunteer ride marshals, and the opportunities ride participants have to make friends with other bicyclists. In the past three years, more than 2,100 individuals have registered for a WABA ride event.

Here’s just a few things that WABA members have said about our ride events:

“Thank you very much for putting together the 50 States Ride. That was an awesome adventure. I was really impressed with how well it was put together and how much support there was through the volunteers. I got a flat early on and one of the marshals helped with his pump. I was very grateful and tried to carry that gratitude to poeple I saw who were stuck also.”

And this:

My first time riding more than 40 miles in one day! I love it, even with the rain. It was awesome to be out with other riders all over DC! Can’t wait till next year!

Also this:

I can’t remember a time when I’ve felt more proud of myself for completing this event. I’m gonna where this t-shirt everywhere!

Finally:

I think this event, and the riders who participate, do a great job of being courteous city riders, and I think this ride, and more rides like it, are a great way to demonstrate that this behavior goes a long way in terms of safety and acceptance of cyclists on the roadway. Thanks WABA!!

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.

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And if you’ve never participated in a WABA ride event, we encourage you to do so, to challenge yourself, to meet new friends, and to ride to new places. Registration for The Cider Ride on November 14th is now open to WABA members. Join us for a day of long open roads, warm cups of cider, and plates full of pie. And if you’re not yet a member, join this week during the membership drive so you can support WABA’s mission, get your super cool free t-shirt, and be eligible to sign up for The Cider Ride.

It’s the 2015 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 with WABA between October 18th – 25th for a limited-edition “Stress Less” bike lane t-shirt!

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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 our commitment to make biking safe, normal, and popular in our cities and for generations to come.

When you join WABA 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 5,000 residents from across the region who understand how important it is for communities to support and prioritize biking.

You join more than 5,000 other people who understand that it takes relentless work by skilled advocates and passionate volunteers to make space for bikes on our regions roads.

Join or Renew today 

The benefits of joining WABA are clear: You support our advocacy work to improve policies, grow the region’s system of protected bike infrastructure, and expand our bike education and outreach efforts. 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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Photo by Ryan Lovin

Details:

  • Click here for a list of membership perks.
  • Our limited-edition T-shirt helps us tell the story of protected bike lanes.
  • It’s hip, cool, soft, and limited edition! That means only the first 500 people are guaranteed a shirt. We may do a second run if there’s enough demand.
  • Click here to view the t-shirt size chart. We will do our best to get you the first size you selected but there is a limited number of each size. Sizes available are XS-XL.
  • Current WABA Members can receive our limited edition shirt 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.

Thank You for Joining Us!

Our yearly membership drive ended last Friday, and we’re pleased to announce that over 550 people joined us—some for the first time, some for the first time in a long time, and some for yet another few years. Membership dollars help us expand our advocacy, outreach, and education work, and we enthusiastically welcome and greatly appreciate financial support of what WABA does. If you joined or renewed during the drive, thank you!

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We’re really excited about our new members!

We’d also like to thank to local businesses City Bikes and Lunar Massage for graciously donating materials to the drive. And a number of WABA supporters volunteered to help us solicit memberships throughout D.C., Maryland, and Virginia last week—we couldn’t have pulled off the membership drive without them!

You can engage with us in a number of ways in addition to being a WABA member: You can become a D.C. bike ambassador; get involved with our advocacy efforts; take a class (the last oneof the season is this Sunday!); join the Women & Bicycles group if you’re women-identified; follow us on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and Flickr (and contribute to our Flickr pool!); read our blog; ride your bike; and encourage your friends to join us, too.

If you didn’t join during the drive, that’s OK! You can join or donate to WABA at any time. Plus, WABA members get great perks.

We look forward to working with all our new members to better bicycling in the D.C. region.

2013 Membership Drive: This Is It

It’s the last day of our 2013 membership drive. Have you become a WABA member yet?

This week, we’ve told you about the great perks WABA members are eligible for, and about some of the specific endeavors that your WABA membership supports. We’ve had an amazing show of support from our current members; if you’re on Twitter or Facebook, you’ve likely noticed an abundance of gold icons, which represent an affiliation with WABA. And over 300 of you have joined since we kicked off the drive on Monday.

We hope that—if you haven’t already—you’ll make the choice to join us. If you join during this membership drive (which runs until this Friday, Oct. 25—that’s today), your membership is good through December 2014—that’s two free months of membership. And this week, joining at any level nets you sweet incentives*:

$35: Membership, plus sticker and notepad
$50: Membership, sticker, notepad, and a standard-issue WABA T-shirt
$100: Membership, sticker, notepad, and a special-edition gold WABA T-shirt
$500: Membership, sticker, notepad, and a WABA bike jersey

Today is the last day to join WABA and take advantage of the great incentives we’re offering during this membership drive. Join today

*Your notepad, sticker, T-shirt, or jersey will be mailed to you, along with your WABA membership card, in four to six weeks.

This post is part of our yearly weeklong membership drive. Your membership supports our advocacy, outreach, and education efforts, and you get great perksJoinrenew, or donate today.

2013 Membership Drive: What Does WABA Do?

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Among many other things, we teach people how to ride bikes—for the first time, or just better.

Today marks the home stretch of our membership drive. Today and tomorrow are the last remaining days to join us and get great incentives. This week, nearly 200 Washington Area Bicyclist Association supporters have become members or extended their commitment to help us improve bicycling in the D.C. region.

WABA members get great perks and discounts (see the full list here); can register early for our awesome (and frequently sold-out) events, like the 50 States and Vasa rides; and support our programming.

You may be wondering, however, what that programming is. Though we’ve previously put in bike racks throughout D.C. under contract from the District Department of Transportation, we generally are not responsible for the installation of bike infrastructure in the regions that we represent. We also don’t get the final say on where bike lanes, cycletracks, racks, Capital Bikeshare stations, and other pieces of infrastructure should go. That kind of work is the duty of local and state departments of transportation.

Rather, we provide the reasoning for why things should be built and why laws should be passed. Biking is a marginalized form of transportation, and demonstrating that WABA has a solid, engaged, informed, and active member base is necessary to convincing local and state departments of transportation that more and better infrastructure, laws, policies, and education and outreach programs are needed. Even if you bike for recreation or fitness, we speak for you when we advocate for better road conditions and clearer laws. We’re in the room representing the interests of bicyclists so you don’t have to (though we love it when our members become advocates with us!).

Here are some of the things we’ve done to better bicycling in the D.C. area in the past year:

You can see some of our historic gains here (scroll down).

For the past 40 years, WABA has worked tirelessly to improve policies, education initiatives, road infrastructure, and the cultural understanding of bicycling for transportation. WABA is the reason why D.C., Montgomery, Prince George’s, Arlington, and Fairfax counties and the city of Alexandria are bike-friendly. We are a member-supported nonprofit and lobbying doesn’t pay the bills—which is why we run campaigns like this one. Your membership and donations ensure that our staff can work for you.

If you join during this membership drive (which runs until this Friday, Oct. 25—that’s tomorrow), your membership is good through December 2014—that’s two free months of membership. And this week, joining at any level nets you sweet incentives*:

$35: Membership, plus sticker and notepad
$50: Membership, sticker, notepad, and a standard-issue WABA T-shirt
$100: Membership, sticker, notepad, and a special-edition gold WABA T-shirt
$500: Membership, sticker, notepad, and a WABA bike jersey

*Your notepad, sticker, T-shirt, or jersey will be mailed to you, along with your WABA membership card, in four to six weeks.

Don’t forget: Tonight, we’re hosting an open house for our new, old, and potential members. Please stop by for snacks and beverages! We’ll answer your questions and chat about biking in the D.C. area. RSVP here.

This post is part of our yearly weeklong membership drive. Your membership supports our advocacy, outreach, and education efforts, and you get great perksJoinrenew, or donate today.

2013 Membership Drive: An Open House, Just for You

Well, have you? Sign up on the MBT (4th/S NE) until 9:30 a.m.

Yesterday, we launched our 2013 membership drive. We’re continuing to push for new members, and we’d appreciate it if you joined! Your membership dollars support our education, outreach, and advocacy work.

A major success for area bicyclists, the Bicycle Safety Amendment Act of 2013, was passed by the D.C. Council and signed by Mayor Vince Gray last week. Read more about what the the bill does to make biking better and safer in D.C. Support like yours that enables us to not only advocate on your behalf, but distribute information about legal requirements for bicyclists.Becoming a WABA member ensures that we can represent you and let you know what we’re doing.

If you join during this membership drive (which runs until this Friday, Oct. 25), your membership is good through December 2014—that’s two free months of membership. And this week, joining at any level nets you sweet incentives*:

$35: Membership, plus sticker and notepad
$50: Membership, sticker, notepad, and a standard-issue WABA T-shirt
$100: Membership, sticker, notepad, and a special-edition gold WABA T-shirt
$500: Membership, sticker, notepad, and a WABA bike jersey

Today, we want to remind you that on Thursday night, Oct. 24, we’re hosting an open house for our new, old, and potential members. Please stop by for snacks and beverages! We’ll answer your questions and chat about biking in the D.C. area. RSVP here.

*Your notepad, sticker, T-shirt, or jersey will be mailed to you, along with your WABA membership card, in four to six weeks.

This post is part of our yearly weeklong membership drive. Your membership supports our advocacy, outreach, and education efforts, and you get great perks. Join, renew, or donate today.