Introducing DC Cycling Concierge, 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 DC Cycling Concierge.

We all know bikes are the best way to explore DC and the region. Now there is a new business offering fully customized and guided rides to make this safe, easy and fun for visitors or anyone who wants a personal cycling assistant. DC Cycling Concierge is WABA’s newest Business Member, and is the venture of longtime local and national advocate Jeff Miller, former CEO of the Alliance for Biking & Walking and longtime WABA Member.

In the words of Jeff himself, “Cycling is my passion. DC is my city. Becoming the DC Cycling Concierge is not just a new business — it’s an extension of my life’s work to share the benefits and joys of bicycling.”

“Your Ride, Your Pace” is his motto. Want to go for a 30 or 40 mile road ride? Great! Whether it is for training or to just get in some fun miles and hit a coffee shop, your ride can be customized to meet your goals. Or maybe you want to do something completely different. Rides around the major landmarks or some of the lesser-known sites around DC are just as easy to arrange. For instance Jeff’s Rising Tides of DC Tour flows around well-known landmarks that were once waterways or that are flood prone.

And while his initial focus is on recreation and fitness rides, Jeff is also happy to help new commuters who want a little extra assistance. He provides a free consultation to make certain folks know about all the great resources that WABA and others already have. If a bicyclist wants to have some help planning the best route and a partner to ride with them the first couple of times, DC Cycling Concierge can help.

Take advantage of Jeff’s decades of experience cycling across more than 20 countries around the world, as well as through every corner of DC, to create the perfect customized ride for you and your family or friends.

Find out more about the launch at the DC Cycling Concierge Indiegogo page and be sure to check out Jeff’s fun 3-minute video in the Indiegogo Gallery or on YouTube.

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.

Give The Gift of WABA!

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Oh, the weather outside’s… actually not very frightful
And the bike lanes are so delightful!
Since we all have a place to go
Hit the road, hit the road, hit the road!

‘Tis the season for gift giving, and what better to give the bikers in your life than the gift of WABA? A 1-Year Membership Gift Certificate makes a great stocking stuffer for loved ones, sneaky gift for your Secret Santa, or addition to your office White Elephant gift exchange!

For just $35, you can give the lucky recipient a whole year of discounts at tons of local bike shops, theaters, retailers, bike tour providers (and more!), invitations to members-only rides and events, and the knowledge that their support is helping WABA make the DC area a better place for all bicyclists! Check out the full list of benefits here.

For more information or to purchase a WABA Membership Gift Certificate contact Ben Wokas at ben.wokas@waba.org or (202) 518-0524 ex. 203.

Meet Ben, our new Membership Coordinator

Ben Wokas

Say hello to our newest staff member, Ben Wokas!

Throughout his career Ben has worked to support healthy lifestyles, environmental awareness, and community building at the YMCA, Hope Connections for Cancer Support, and the Glen Echo Park Partnership.  His energy and passion for exploring the outdoors and finding the beauty and fun in all things is infectious.

Moving to the D.C. area as a child, Ben has lived and biked in Montgomery County and D.C. for almost 30 years (wow, does time fly!), enjoying the many trails and bike paths the area offers.  He is thrilled to be a part of the organization that has been such a force in expanding the safe bike trail network and getting D.C. area residents outdoors and into healthy activities.  He looks forward to meeting and working with WABA’s members and building excitement and connectedness through the shared experience of biking in and around our nation’s capital.

We’re so very fortunate to have Ben on board! If you have a question about your membership, drop him a note: ben.wokas@waba.org.

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.

Better Bike Lanes, and Other Concrete Benefits of Membership

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 this week for a limited-edition “Stress Less” t-shirt

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Everyone loves these shirts! Celebrate the joy of low-stress places to bike!

Yes Please!

We don’t shy away from enumerating your membership benefits. First and most importantly your financial support directly supports our work to improve your bike experience.  Our small staff is deeply knowledgable, efficient, and passionate about our mission, so your membership dollars do a lot of hard work to make this region better! But there are more concrete WABA benefits beyond just bike infrastructure:

Membership Benefits!

  • Click here to view a list of area bike shops that provide discounts on parts, accessories, or bikes if you present your WABA membership card.
  • Gain access to WABA’s ride calendar, featuring regional favorites like the 50 States Ride & 13 Colonies Ride, the Vasa Ride, and the upcoming Cider Ride.
  • Reserve one of our complimentary Bike Boxes when you travel with your bike.

Join or renew today!

Membership Perks!

  • Better Backs Athletic & Physical Therapy: 15% off all products and services.
  • Bike and Roll: $10 off bike rentals and $10 off bike tours. Learn More
  • Bike Escapades: WABA members receive $150 off their bike touring trips (with an additional $150 donated to WABA). Learn More
  • Czech Active Tours: Save $50 off a bike rental at any of their European Bike Tours when you mention WABA. They will donate an additional $50 to WABA. Learn More
  • Rentabikenow.com: Save $5 every time you reserve a bike at one of their 250+ locations. Contact membership@waba.org for discount code. Learn More
  • Annie’s Ace Hardware: 5% off one item under $50. Learn more
  • Brighter Days Collective Dog Walking & Pet Sitting: Get the cost of your WABA membership deducted from your dog walking bill! Learn More
  • Car2Go: $15 Car2Go Membership (Usually $35) + 30 free minutes of drive time. Contact membership@waba.org for discount code. Learn more
  • Embody Pure Fitness: 15% discount on any personal training package and a free fitness evaluation. Learn more
  • Flow Yoga: 15% discount on all classes! Learn More
  • Gottaswing: 20% off beginner classes for first-time students at DC locations. Learn more
  • Lunar Massage: Free membership ($40 savings) at all Lunar Massage locations. Learn more
  • Momentum Magazine: Free digital subscription. Email membership@waba.org for details.
  • Results Gym: 20% the monthly rate of chosen membership and discounted enrollment fee with WABA Member card. Learn More
  • Studio Theatre: WABA members can receive a 20% discount on tickets to all shows in Studio Theatre’s 2014-2015 Season, excluding Studio Lab. Limit of two tickets per member. This special discount is valid for any performance in the first three weeks of a show’s run, excluding Saturday evenings. E-mail membership@waba.org for a discount code
  • Tranquil Space: Unlimited 15% discounts on 1,6, or 10 class pass purchases at either Tranquil Space location (Dupont or Arlington). Learn more
  • Up the Creek Rentals: 10% off kayak rentals.  Learn more
  • YMCA: Enrollment fee is reduced ($50) and 10% off monthly dues at all DC, MD, and VA locations. Discount does not apply at the 14th & W NW location. Learn More
  • ZipCar: Half off your first-year annual fee (making it just $30)! Email membership@waba.org for discount code.

What are you waiting for?

 Membership Pluses!

  • Better World Club: Better World Club is an auto and travel club that supports alternative modes of transportation and environmental responsibility. They provide roadside assistance for cars as well as for bicycles and provide an alternative for those who want the services, but not the auto-centric lobbying. Join through this link and use the code “WABA”. BWC makes a donation to WABA for each new member that joins.
  • WABA “Share the Road” Credit Card: WABA has partnered with Signal Financial Federal Credit Union to create a program called “Our Two Cents.” A portion of interest earned on your WABA Visa card will be contributed towards bicycle safety in metropolitan DC. Learn more and sign up today!
  • Road ID: WABA became an affiliate of Road ID – the company that makes identification accessories for cyclists, runners, and other active individuals who may not have their identification or relevant medical information with them during their activities. WABA receives 10% of the purchase. Learn more.

Holy smokes you gotta do this!

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.

We’re Hiring: Membership Coordinator

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association seeks an enthusiastic, dynamic, detail-oriented membership coordinator to manage WABA’s growing membership program. We need a go- getter with strong and sincere people skills; someone with enthusiasm for WABA’s mission, and the qualifications necessary to identify, engage, and recruit potential individual members, business members, and donors.  

The membership coordinator will report to the Deputy Director and work directly with WABA staff  to integrate membership goals throughout WABA’s programs as outlined in the new 5-year Strategic Plan.  WABA is a small but growing organization, and on occasion, all staff are asked to assist in general WABA duties and major events.

Responsibilities

  • Using WABA’s 5-year Strategic Plan, create an annual workplan with the targets, tools, methods, and a budget to meet and exceed individual membership and business members revenue goals.
  • Oversee and market member benefits/discount partnership program, including: securing new member benefit partners and promoting existing partners through blog, social media, and membership materials.
  • Collaborate with WABA staff to effectively grow and promote membership through our outreach, events, education, and communications.
  • Coordinate membership appreciation events and represent WABA at our events, other community events, and through pop-up, on-street outreach to engage area bicyclists and actively sell memberships
  • Manage and maintain WABA’s membership database, including: data entry, updates and de-duplication of member and supporters information, organization and inventory, clerical work, and membership/renewal contribution processing and fulfillment. All with great discretion handling and managing personal and private financial information.
  • Prepare regular, quarterly, and annual reports on program performance.
  • Lead all facets of membership-related communications and messaging, including: email communication, blog posts, web content, social media communication (in collaboration with the Communications Coordinator), direct mail, print materials, and merchandise.
  • With input from staff and board, develop and execute annual membership projects, like the membership survey, fall membership drive, and coordination on Bike to Work Day.
  • Train, organize, and oversee membership volunteers and coordinate membership volunteer nights.
  • Serve as staff liaison to the Board of Directors Membership Committee (ad hoc).

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • An enthusiastic commitment to WABA’s mission.
  • A comfort with making “the ask” i.e.  possessing the skills to actively sell memberships and fundraise. This is not a position for someone who is not willing or comfortable engaging individuals to ask for financial support.
  • Background in membership programs.
  • Strong and sincere verbal skills, people skills, the ability to interact with diverse audiences, and excellent written communication skills.
  • Capacity for development and fundraising.
  • A high attention to detail with a focus on accuracy.
  • Excellent time management skills, able to balance multiple tasks and priorities simultaneously and demonstrated ability to follow through on commitments.
  • A self-motivated approach, able to manage programs and campaigns with little oversight.
  • Previous CRM database management experience, ideally using Salsalabs.
  • Experience with direct mail and email communication campaigns a plus.
  • Strong computer literacy skills with specific experience using Microsoft Word and Excel.

Benefits include health/dental insurance, flex time, vacation, sick and personal leave, committed colleagues, fun working environment, and WABA’s retirement program. Salary is based on a non-profit scale and commensurate with experience. This position is full-time.

Apply

Send a compelling cover letter and resume addressing your interest in the position, commitment to WABA’s mission, bicycle related experience, related qualifications, and salary expectations to jobs@waba.org. Please include “Membership Coordinator” in the subject line.  Applications accepted until COB Monday, October 5th, 2015 ideally with a target start date of October 12.

WABA is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, sex, or age.