Become a WABA Member: Get great membership perks

 

you-bike-you-vote

It’s the last day to of the member drive! Last chance to join or renew and receive a limited edition “I bike. I vote. & I’m a WABA Member” shirt.

HOLY SMOKES! SIGN ME UP!

We’ve shared with you stories and information about our programs. We have heard and seen your support throughout the city. The last step is to join or renew with WABA and add your voice to thousands of cyclists who are striving for a more bicycle-friendly region.

Aside from the the great benefit of having an organization that advocates on your behalf, provides outreach to our region, and educates our community, WABA Members receive other cool perks as well!

Here are just a few that come with your WABA Member:

– Discounts at over 50 area bike shops

– Access to member-only rides and events

– Use of bike-boxes for travel

– Discounts at dozens of local business

See a full list of membership perks here!

We’ll see you tonight from 5:30 – 8 PM at Beiergarten Haus for a celebratory Biketober Fest Happy Hour. If you were one of lucky first 500 to join or renew you can also come and claim your shirt!

Become a WABA Member: Support our Outreach Programs

you-bike-you-vote

This week is our 2014 WABA Member Drive. On the blog, we’re highlighting the work your membership supports.

Join or renew now!

 Through our D.C. Bike Ambassadors program we travel throughout the District promoting safe and responsible cycling as well as encouragement and education for all road users to share the road responsibly.

Our Women & Bicycles program has exploded in the last year with over 2,300 participants in the online forum – yet work still remains to get even more women involved in bicycling.

Our Suburban outreach team visits points out of the District where many people still bike, but their routes are a little bit longer, and some of their concerns a little bit different.

Our East of the River program strives to connect residents living in Ward 7 and Ward 8 with bicycling but holding mobile clinics, events, and community rides.

Our Trail Ranger program monitors and helps maintain some of the most popular bike trails in our area. From the Metropolitan Branch Trail to the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, they help report maintenance, spearhead community clean-up events, and even showcase the trails with fun events!

Our outreach efforts help keeps our bicycling community growing towards a more inclusive place. Your membership supports this idea and shows your support for those cyclists just joining our community.

The first 500 people to join or renew this week will receive a limited edition “I bike. I vote. @ I’m a WABA Member” t-shirts. T-shirts can be picked up on October 17 from 5:30-8:00 PM at Beirgarten Haus on H st. or will be shipped the week after.

Become a WABA Member: Support our Advocacy Work

you-bike-you-vote

This week is our 2014 WABA Member Drive. On the blog, we’re highlighting the work your membership supports.

Join or renew now!

Your membership directly supports our advocacy work. We spend time in meetings, planning sessions, conference calls, and legislative sessions to try to get the best bicycle infrastructure and support for our region.

Here are some of our major victories over the past year:

 

  • MCDOT Rescinds Capital Crescent Trail Request: In August the Montgomery County Department of Transportation quietly requested that the Maryland Transit Administration remove a tunnel under Jones Mill Road for the Capital Crescent Trail, despite a long-standing plan to build a completely grade-separated trail from Bethesda to Silver Spring along the Purple Line. WABA asked members in Montgomery County to contact the County Council asking to keep the safe trail crossing. MCDOT rescinded their request and the tunnel will be built.
  • Safe Accommodations during Construction in DC: The Bicycle Safety Amendment Act of 2013 includes a provision which requires future construction permits to provide “safe accommodations” for bicyclists and pedestrians.
  • A Rebuilt Rock Creek Park Trail is One Step Closer: At the end of June, the District Department of Transportation released the Final Environmental Assessment for the rehabilitation of the Rock Creek Park Multi-Use Trail. The final design could not be completed without this environmental document, which was holding up construction. DDOT and NPS can now finalize the design, and construction could begin in some sections as early as next year.

More victories are ahead with your support! The first 500 people to join or renew this week will receive a limited edition “I bike. I vote. @ I’m a WABA Member” t-shirts. T-shirts can be picked up on October 17 from 5:30-8:00 PM at Beirgarten Haus on H st. or will be shipped the week after.

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

Become a WABA Member this Bike to Work Day

Bike to Work Day is a great day for bicycling. It shows how many people enjoy and support a better bicycling network (and  how many of them like free t-shirts) and why having an organization like WABA is essential to our region. If you haven’t already registered for Bike to Work Day, you can do so here.

One of the big perks of Bike to Work Day is that you can become a member of for the reduced rate of $25 (normally $35). Becoming a WABA member is the best way to support our advocacy efforts, and contribute to the growth of the region’s safe bicycling networks. By showing our strength in numbers we can show our cities, governments, and business that biking is growing and safe bicycling infrastructure is in demand. If you joined on Bike to Work Day last year, your membership is about to expire, so now is a perfect time to renew it!

8751419792_1d62ac62ee_b

We got over 300 new members last Bike to Work Day. With your help we can get even more this year! Photo By: MrM

Still on the fence? Take a look at some of our victories from the past year:

–          Protected bike lanes on M St NW and First St NE.

–          Expanding Capital Bikeshare to over 200 stations in DC, Virginia, and Maryland, including Alexandria & Montgomery Co.

–          Pushing for the completion of the Metropolitan Branch Trail from Brookland to Downtown Silver Spring.

–          Passage of the 3 Foot Passing law in Virginia in 2014.

–          Passage of the Bicycle Safety Amendment in 2013 & the Access to Justice for Bicyclist Act of 2012 in DC

More members means we can amplify our voice and impact region-wide.. That’s why we need you to become a member today. Already a member? Refer a friend!

On Bike to Work Day members of our staff, board, Bike Ambassador team, and volunteer crew will spread out across the region to cover as many pit stops as possible. Currently, we plan to be at: Rosslyn, Freedom Plaza, Downtown Bethesda, Old Town Alexandria, Ballston, Crystal City, Adams Morgan, National Geographic, NoMa, Eastern Market, Vienna, Georgetown, Columbia Heights (in the afternoon), Golden Triangle at Farragut Square, Silver Spring Discovery Place, Mt Vernon Triangle, Falls Church, and Capitol Riverfront.

Stop by and say “Hi” to WABA on Bike to Work Day and become a member!

You can also become a member right now by visiting our website!

 

Introducing Qualia Coffee, a WABA Business Member

We’ve recently introduced you to our business membership programWe debuted the program in 2012 and are steadily signing up new business members in 2014. As part of the program, we’d like to introduce you to some of our business members. Today, meet Qualia Coffee

Qualia Coffee is a full-service coffee shop that also serves as the home of Fresh Off the Roast, a small-batch coffee roasting company dedicated to sourcing recently harvested beans from around the world.

They are proud WABA Business Members, for the second year, and are located at 3917 Georgia Avenue, NW in Petworth, and enthusiastically encourage you to bike to their shop (most of their employees do).

Qualia strives to provide as much information as possible about where their beans come from and what you can expect them to taste like. Qualia hosts twice-monthly coffee tasting from coffees all over the world.

Photo Courtesy of Qualia Coffee

Photo Courtesy of Qualia Coffee

We are happy to count the Qualia Coffee as one of WABA’s business members.

Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? For just $300 per year, you can show your support for a bike-friendly region and WABA’s advocacy. In return you’ll receive:

  • Listing on WABA’s business membership webpage with link to your business’s website
  • Promotion upon joining through our social media networks, including Facebook, Twitter, and our blog (we have 5,500 Twitter followers  and 6,700 Facebook friends)
  • Use of WABA’s bike-friendly business window cling and/or digital logo
  • Discounted WABA memberships ($10 off) for all employees
  • Support in applying for Bicycle Friendly Business recognition from the League of American Bicyclists