Introducing car2go, a Leadership Level Business Member and Member Perk Partner!

WABA’s Business Members understand the importance of a community that bicycles. Their membership supports our advocacy, outreach and education. Our business members are committed to a sustainable future of our region and are adding their voice to a growing number of bicycle-friendly businesses supporting WABA. Today meet car2go.

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car2go offers an innovative mobility solution in Washington D.C. and Arlington County with a flexible, one way carsharing network.  car2go is the largest, fastest growing carsharing service in the world and helps tens of thousands of people in the D.C. area get from A to B.

Since its launch in March 2012, over 57,000 members have joined car2go to move throughout without the costs or hassle of owning a car.  Access to car2go can effectively bridge the transit gap providing transit users and bicyclists another option to get where they want, when they want.

Members looking to avoid an afternoon walk in the rain or wanting to venture on a more expansive shopping trip have an easy to access solution with car2go.  Fuel, insurance, and parking are included with your car2go membership – so no need to ever fill up or feed a meter.  And with no annual membership fee, WABA members enjoy all of the benefits of having access to a car while only paying for their actual usage.

Hop in and drive today if you’re not already a member.  Free registration (normally $35) is offered to all WABA members, so sign up today! Contact membership@waba.org for the promo code, then download the car2go app or visit car2go.com to get started!

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Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? For just $300 or $800 per year, you can show your support for a bike-friendly region and WABA’s advocacy and get all sorts of perks, including your very own blog post! Details here.

Introducing Island Press, a WABA Business Member and Member Perk Partner!

WABA’s Business Members understand the importance of a community that bicycles. Their membership supports our advocacy, outreach and education. Our business members are committed to a sustainable future of our region and are adding their voice to a growing number of bicycle-friendly businesses supporting WABA. Today meet Island Press.

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Island Press is thrilled to be one of the many organizations that support WABA’s mission of improving bicycling conditions and transportation options in the DC metro area. Like WABA, we think the only way to affect positive change is through education, hard work, and making direct connections to the community. For over thirty years, Island Press has published groundbreaking works, from solutions-oriented books for working professionals, to books that inform and inspire everyday citizens. Our authors include great urban thinkers and practitioners like Jan Gehl, Peter Calthorpe, Jaime Lerner, and Peter Newman. In Island Press titles like Roads Were Not Built for Cars, author Carlton Reid reveals the pivotal—and largely unrecognized—role that bicyclists played in the development of modern roadways. And in Start-Up City, Gabe Klein describes how he introduced Capital Bikeshare and other people-oriented transportation options to DC while heading DDOT.

As part of our commitment to giving our partners and their membership exclusive access to our books and content, Island Press is proud to offer WABA members a 30% discount on our entire catalog – over 1000 titles from leading experts in the fields of urban design, environmental conservation, and of sustainable urban planning. Don’t miss out on this great offer. Become a WABA member today!

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Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? For just $300 or $800 per year, you can show your support for a bike-friendly region and WABA’s advocacy and get all sorts of perks, including your very own blog post! Details here.

Introducing Two Wheel Valet, a WABA Business Member!

WABA’s Business Members understand the importance of a community that bicycles. Their membership supports our advocacy, outreach and education. Our business members are committed to a sustainable future of our region and are adding their voice to a growing number of bicycle-friendly businesses supporting WABA. Today meet Two Wheel Valet.

 

We’re passionate about making events and venues more bike-friendly.  Whether you’re an event planner looking for a one-time parking solution or an institutional location looking to offer permanent, premium bicycle parking, Two Wheel Valet makes it easy and 100% user friendly.  Offering a bike valet at events, universities, stadiums, and real estate developments has proven to increase bicycle mode share.  Our services are sponsored by event organizers, sponsors, or institutions to make the service free for users.  This helps to incentivize bike travel, reduces the need for pricey parking spaces, and helps promote healthy living.

Our attendants take care of all of the logistics for your two-wheeled guests and tenants.  Security is out highest priority, which gives users peace of mind and breaks down one of the biggest barriers to cycling – fear of theft.  Our electronic check-in system sends a text claim-check ID to users’ phones, making Two Wheel Valet faster and more secure than using clunky locks and cables.

We provide bike valet services for events and venues of all sizes.  Two Wheel valet was founded in 2013 and has operated multiple large-scale valets in the DC area.  We are great for smaller events, too! We regularly provide valet service at events like NoMa Summer Screen, Anacostia River Fest, and the Arlington County Fair.

We recently launched daily valet service for brick-and-mortar locations like real estate developments, universities, and stadiums/arenas.  Many buildings and venues are already offering bike valets, and we expect the trent to gain momentum.  Daily valet also includes mechanic service and has proven to encourage regular cycling. This is a low-cost alternative for organizations looking to ease parking demands, relieve public transit, and offer an alternative to overcrowded roads.

Get in touch with us today for a free consultation. We can’t wait to help your organization become more bike-friendly!

Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? For just $300 or $800 per year, you can show your support for a bike-friendly region and WABA’s advocacy and get all sorts of perks, including your very own blog post! Details here.

Introducing Recess Outings, a WABA Business Member!

WABA’s Business Members understand the importance of a community that bicycles. Their membership supports our advocacy, outreach and education. Our business members are committed to a sustainable future of our region and are adding their voice to a growing number of bicycle-friendly businesses supporting WABA. Today meet Recess Outings.

Recess Outings is a family-friendly bicycle outing company created for adults who want to bring their young children for a ride.

Founder Kate Gallery has been biking with her two-year-old daughter for a little over a year. As an avid rider she sorely missed biking towards the end of her pregnancy, and during those first months adjusting to life with a newborn she was eager to get started and share her love for spending time outdoors on a bike with the new addition to the family. Biking together quickly proved to be as fun as hoped, and Kate started Recess Outings that summer when her daughter was one year old.

Recess Outings has a small fleet of bikes with attachable child seats available so parents and young children can simply sign up and join them for a D.C. ride. Helmets, equipment, snacks and logistics are taken care of so they don’t have to worry about any details beyond getting out the door. As a local, neighborhood business owner, Kate loves D.C. and scouts routes endlessly to make riding through the city as smooth as possible, taking advantage of the city’s safe and convenient infrastructure and beautiful trails.

Current ride offerings focus on recreationally exploring DC with rides like “Rollin’ on the River” on the Anacostia and “To Market, to Market” from Eastern to Union Market and back, and getting parents comfortable biking with toddlers with their “Precious Cargo” rides. Recess Outings is also excited to announce the “That’s My Girl!” ride series for tough little girls and the grownups who support them. These monthly rides will explore DC and pedal past several monuments and landmarks devoted to inspirational women.

Learn more about Recess outings and the fantastic rides they offer at recessoutings.com.

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Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? For just $300 or $800 per year, you can show your support for a bike-friendly region and WABA’s advocacy and get all sorts of perks, including your very own blog post! Details here.

Introducing Events DC, a WABA Business Member!

WABA’s Business Members understand the importance of a community that bicycles. Their membership supports our advocacy, outreach and education. Our business members are committed to a sustainable future of our region and are adding their voice to a growing number of bicycle-friendly businesses supporting WABA. Today meet Events DC.

Events DC is the face of conventions, sports, entertainment and cultural events within our nation’s capital.  As the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, Events DC leverages the beauty, history and diversity of the most powerful city in the world to attract and promote an extensive variety of events, resulting in amazing experiences for residents and visitors alike, and generating economic and community benefits for the city.

Throughout the year, Events DC is actively involved in planning and support of some of the city’s most anticipated events, attracting thousands of attendees to locations around the city. As varied and diverse as the city itself, these events bring economic impact to our nation’s capital while offering a wealth of can’t-miss dates on the social calendar for District residents and visitors alike.

Events DC also hosts a broad range of events on the Festival Grounds, including the Maloof Money Cup at the Maloof Skate Park, The Red Bull Global Rallycross Washington, DC and ShamrockFest, as well as a number of activities designed to promote youth sports and fitness in the District of Columbia, such as the annual Title IX Classic, featuring the city’s best high school teams and players.

 

Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? For just $300 or $800 per year, you can show your support for a bike-friendly region and WABA’s advocacy and get all sorts of perks, including your very own blog post! Details here.

Introducing Signal Financial Credit Union, a Leadership Level Business Member!

WABA’s Business Members understand the importance of a community that bicycles. Their membership supports our advocacy, outreach and education. Our business members are committed to a sustainable future of our region and are adding their voice to a growing number of bicycle-friendly businesses supporting WABA. Today meet Signal Financial Credit Union.

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Did you know that if you “Bike with WABA, you can Bank with Signal?”

We are happy to partner with Signal Financial Federal Credit Union, one of the largest Metro area credit unions since 1947.

Just like physical fitness, financial fitness is a lifetime commitment that offers great long-term rewards. When your finances are in order, the rest of your life can seem manageable. On the other hand, when your finances are not secure, it can make life seem overwhelming. Signal Financial’s priority is to help members reach their financial goals by providing them with the tools and information they need to make smart and successful financial decisions. The earlier you start the better!

Signal Financial offers a wide rage of products, including checking and savings accounts, credit and debit cards, IRAs, money market accounts, share certificates, consumer and mortgage loans, mutual funds, and electronic services, such as online banking, remote deposit and mobile apps.

With over $360 million in assets, Signal Financial serves over 26,000 members, encompassing more than 250 small to medium-sized select employer groups, members of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, as well as individuals who live, work, worship or attend school in DC or in Prince George’s County, MD (inside the beltway).

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To show their support for our mission and bicyclists throughout the region, Signal offers FREE credit union membership for all WABA members, and they promote biking in and around all their branches.

They have eight full-service branches, including three in DC: the Columbia Heights Branch at 1400 Irving St. NW, the Capitol Hill Branch at 1391 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, and the CityCenterDC Branch at 1201 New York Avenue NW. For a complete list, go to www.sfonline.org.

Discover Signal today!

Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? For just $300 or $800 per year, you can show your support for a bike-friendly region and WABA’s advocacy and get all sorts of perks, including your very own blog post! Details here.

Introducing the Crystal City Business Improvement District, a Leadership Level Business Member!

WABA’s Business Members understand the importance of a community that bicycles. Their membership supports our advocacy, outreach and education. Our business members are committed to a sustainable future of our region and are adding their voice to a growing number of bicycle-friendly businesses supporting WABA. Today meet the Crystal City Business Improvement District.

If you follow regional bicycle events, then you are most certainly familiar with the bike-friendly accolades of today’s Leadership Level WABA Business Member, the Crystal City Business Improvement District.

Crystal City is well known as the host of the Air Force Association Cycling Classic, Wednesday Night Spins, and multiple iterations of the Phoenix Bikes annual fundraiser. They’ve challenged the region to make cycling to work a habit with Bike to Work Week where a number of lucky riders ride away with great biking gear – pretty sure you’ve seen some of their colorful jerseys, jackets, helmets, or commuter bags on the trails. The Crystal City BID also sponsors weekly pop-up bicycle repair with District Wrench, brought the region’s first and only bicycle product vending machine and Fix-It Station combo, and was a key player in the roll out of Capital Bikeshare in 2010.

But perhaps most importantly, Crystal City is exceptionally bicycle friendly with incredible regional trail access and a rapidly growing collection of protected bicycle ways to create an interconnected network. Regional trail access combined with an unparalleled ability to park and ride (free parking available after 4pm every day and all-day on weekends) plus dozens of destinations to grab a post-ride bite or beverage make Crystal City the perfect place to start your recreational, fitness, or sightseeing bicycle ride. Here are some of the Crystal City BID’s favorites:

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Trail Rides

Arlington Loop Ride (17 Miles)

The Arlington Loop is the official name of Arlington’s “bicycle beltway.” The continuous 17-mile loop consisting of the Mount Vernon, Four Mile Run, W&OD, and the Custis Trails offers riders with a great fitness and recreational ride that connects all of Arlington’s urban villages.

Old Town Ride (4.3 Miles – One-Way)

With its historic charm, beautiful waterfront parks, and boutique shopping, Old Town Alexandria is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Avoid traffic, the hassle of parking, and the long walk from Metro by utilizing easy two-wheeled transportation. The Mount Vernon Trail takes you directly to the heart of Old Town and all its offerings.

Mount Vernon Ride (14.8 Miles – One-Way)

Paralleling the Potomac River, enjoy spectacular river vistas along the Mount Vernon Trail on the way to George Washington’s famous estate. Learn more and plan your actual visit at http://www.mountvernon.org/

National Harbor Ride (8.7 Miles – One-Way)

Take advantage of the completed Woodrow Wilson Bridge project’s addition of a dedicated bicycle path across the Potomac. The new pathway takes you directly to the heart of Prince Georges County’s new downtown neighborhood, National Harbor offering an eclectic mix of shopping, entertainment and dining options.

Leesburg Ride (38.3 Miles – One-Way)

Escape from the bustle of the city by riding out to historic Leesburg via the W&OD Trail. Given the proximity to the W&OD Trail, many of the downtown Leesburg businesses and Lodgings cater specifically to cycling market making for the perfect overnight getaway that will make you feel miles away!

Purceville Ride (48.6 Miles – One-Way)

As the terminus of the W&OD trail, the Purceville Ride is often seen as a must-do for area cyclists. Although it is possible to fit into a single day’s ride, the Purceville Ride provides the perfect opportunity for an overnight trip.

Harpers Ferry Ride (66.4 Miles – One-Way) A touch over a single day’s round trip ride, a trip to Harpers Ferry offers a challenging but worthwhile overnight excursion. Traveling along the historic C&O canal, you’ll be treated with views of the historic C&O canal, a number of lockhouses (some of which offer overnight accommodations through the National Park Service), and a serene natural setting. Plan a tour of Harpers Ferry by visiting the National Park Service website.

DC Site Seeing Rides

Branches of Government Ride (13.6 Miles)

Brush up on your civics lessons from the seat of your bicycle with this casual Branches of Government Ride. The ride visits the home of each branch of the U.S. Government – the U.S. Capitol (Legislative), the Supreme Court (Judicial), and the White House (Executive).

Monuments Ride (8.6 Miles)

The National Mall is deceptively large and hitting all of the sites by foot can be exhausting. Turns out, the best way to fit it all in is on two-wheels! Catch all of the highlights including Thomas Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Reflecting Pool, the Washington Monument, the WWII Memorial, and the newest addition to the Monumental Corps, the MLK Memorial with this easily ridden Monuments Ride.

Nationals Park Ride (5.3 Miles – One-Way)

Avoid ballgame traffic and get to and from Nationals Park by bike! This quick ride is a piece of cake with the park offering tons of bicycle parking for two-wheeled ticketholders.

Fitness Rides

East Potomac Park Fitness Ride (9 Miles, Each additional Haines Point loop is 3.2 miles)

A favorite of competitive cyclists and triathletes, the East Potomac Park Fitness Ride takes advantage of a low speed and low trafficked loop around Haines Point with beautiful river views along the Potomac. From Crystal City, the ride (including one Haines Point Loop) is approximately 9 miles. You can then add additional mileage by completing additional loops, each of which adds another 3.2 miles.

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Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? For just $300 or $800 per year, you can show your support for a bike-friendly region and WABA’s advocacy and get all sorts of perks, including your very own blog post! Details here.