Introducing EYA, WABA Business Member and 2016 Cider Ride Title Sponsor

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 EYA.

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EYA is proud to join the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) as a new business member. In 2016, EYA became WABA’s largest event supporter as the title sponsor of The Cider Ride. EYA’s support helps WABA bring people together to celebrate cycling and raise awareness of and support for cycling safety.

EYA is a local developer with a focus on smart growth communities where residents can enjoy an active lifestyle with easy access to the region’s many amenities and transit options––including metro, bus, bicycle, and walking. EYA shares common goals with WABA members to reduce dependence on cars and encourage new opportunities for more sustainable living.

Since 1992, EYA has earned recognition for introducing innovative and thoughtfully designed new homes in DC metro area neighborhoods. Learn more about EYA’s commitment to life within walking distance ® and all of their bicycle and pedestrian friendly neighborhoods at EYA.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.

Seven successes in six months that we couldn’t have done without you

It’s our annual fall membership drive! We disrupt our regularly scheduled updates to urge you to join or renew with WABA today. 

Your membership dollars do a lot of hard work—here’s what your support has accomplished in the last six months:


Launched the Capital Trails Coalition

For more than a year, we’ve doubled down on our trail advocacy efforts in the region. In collaboration with some big partners, we’ve been building a coalition to ensure that a seamless trail network is a regional priority.  We finally got to tell the world about it last week!  Learn more about how the Capital Trails Coalition is reinvigorating regional trail building at capitaltrailscoalition.org.

I want to see more trails! 


Taught thousands of kids and adults to ride

Sun's out, tongues outThrough Learn to Ride classes, Confident City Cycling classes, and Everyday Biking Seminars held all over the region 1,075 adults learned to ride confidently, legally, and respectfully.  On top of that, 2,145 kids learned how to get moving on two wheels, too!

I want to see more folks on bikes! 


Led a super successful Trail Ranger season

Throughout the summer months of 2016 our team of Trail Rangers biked 2,276 miles of trail as they removed 223 bags of trash, reported 191 issues, coordinated 187 hours of cleanup, and received about a million thank yous and high fives. Click here to see a full recap!

I want to see more happy trail riders! 


Passed the Motor Vehicle Collision Recovery Act

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After nearly three years of persistent organizing and advocacy by the WABA community, the DC Council voted unanimously last month to pass the Motor Vehicle Collision Recovery Act to fix contributory negligence!  Mayor Bowser joined us last week to sign the bill, and it will soon be the law of the land!

I want better bike laws! 


Pulled 1,414 miles with the Arlington PAL Ambassador and DC Bike Ambassador Billboards

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Thanks to our partnerships with BikeArlington and DDoT and nearly 150 volunteer PAL and DC Bike Ambassadors, we’re shaping the region’s roadway culture. Through trailering, in-person outreach, and streetcorner outreach we’re reminding all road-users to be Predictable, Alert, and Lawful. Find out more about our PAL and DC Bike Ambassadors!

I want friendlier roads! 


Grew a community of Bike Advocates on Two Wheels

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Everyone who registers for a WABA Ride Event is a bike advocate. For the first time this year, we were able to expand our events team, add brand new signature events (hello WABA in the Wild and stay tuned for DC’s first ever open streets program in Spring 2017!) and expand the number of spots we have available in our events – that means MORE people have the opportunity to participate in a WABA event, and MORE people have the opportunity to become a bike advocate! So far in 2016, WABA Signature Events have turned 1,635 riders into bike advocates on two wheels!

I want to see more bike advocates! 


Advocated for more and better bike infrastructure


In the past six months WABA has led the push for hundreds of new miles of bike lanes, dozens of sections of protected bike lanes (including the first in Prince George’s County), the launch of a newly completed Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, and updates for 3 bike master plans (the documents deciding the fate of our bike infrastructure).

I want to see more bike lanes! 

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. 

Join or Renew right now!

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

It’s the 2016 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 to make sure bicycling keeps getting better in DC, Maryland and Virginia. Plus we have some limited-edition merch again this year.

What will it say? Well, that’s up to you:

We want to make sure everyone is a part of the Member Drive fun, so we’re inviting you to to Vote for the Tote! Join or Renew your WABA Membership and cast your vote for the best bike PSA and get yourself a magnet or messenger style tote bag featuring the winning message!

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

And 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 6,500 residents from across the region who understand how important it is for communities to support and prioritize biking.

Join or Renew today

The benefits of joining WABA are clear: You support our advocacy work and allow us to make really, major, changes for better bicycling. 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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Details:

  • Click here to check out the benefits of being a WABA Member!
  • Join or renew during our Member Drive for just $25 and get a limited edition magnet, or join at the $30 per year or higher and receive our limited edition tote bag.
  • Make your voice heard by voting for the slogan that will appear on the tote and the magnet when you renew.
  • Current WABA Members can receive our limited edition tote 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.

Introducing DuBoff & Associates, 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 DuBoff & Associates.

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DuBoff & Associates, Chartered is a proud affiliate of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association

With more than 30 years of local support, DuBoff & Associates, Chartered is proud to be a supporter of this association. Though the team has grown in size and focus since it’s founding in 1981 by Joel DuBoff, it remains one of the most respected names in the Maryland legal industry for its work on supporting all victim’s rights including those of cyclists.

Experience That Matters

With more than 50 years of combined experience among attorneys, the organization provides legal support and guidance in the areas of personal injury, car crashes, bike crashes, and criminal defense. The company’s foundation is based, simply, in caring for each client and his or her outcome. This has created many lifelong relationships and clients throughout the region.

The president and founder, Joel DuBoff began his career as a member of the U.S. Army Legal Unit and Assistant U.S. Attorney. Over time, he built his skill and service to include further pursuits including the establishment of his own company, DuBoff & Associates, Chartered. With an education from the National Law Center of the George Washington University law school, Mr. DuBoff has long had a solid reputation for providing aggressive representation to those struggling as victims.

Support for the Community

DuBoff & Associates, Chartered provides advocacy and support for those suffering from personal injury. This includes those who may have been the victim of a bicyclist crash. With a desire to aid individuals who have suffered loss through no fault of their own, DuBoff & Associates, Chartered aims to support the Washington Area Bicyclist Association through its efforts to create a safe, positive experience for today’s most avid bikers and those just starting out.

Individuals suffering crashes, assaults, or harassment, should feel free to contact DuBoff & Associates, Chartered for support and guidance through any legal matter including learning if they may have a legal case against someone. As passionate lawyers advocating for the biking community, individuals can expect responsible, reliable support in all areas of the law.

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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 Mad Bomber, 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 Mad Bomber.

The Mad Bomber Company is pleased to join WABA as a Business Member.  As a manufacturer of hats and outerwear products that combine natural resources with innovative high-tech fabrics, we’re also the world’s original and largest Bomber/Aviator hat manufacturer.  Our brand has always been both functional and quirky, appealing to a wide range of tastes and ages – and everyone from hunters to today’s urban customers.

Our hats are a modern take on a style that was standard equipment for military aviators on bitter cold, high-altitude flights and bombing runs.  Our rabbit fur insulation and quilted recycled nylon crown lining create a soft, natural barrier to wind and cold.  We’ve also expanded our line to include Faux Fur, Polar Fleece, Knits, gloves, Polo Shirts, Merino Wool Baselayers… and we recently introduced a line of hats proudly made right here in the USA!

With a distribution network that covers Europe, Asia, Russia, and North and South America, Mad Bomber takes a green approach to product design and manufacturing.  Using recycled and organic cottons and other materials allows us to support farmers near our manufacturing plants who are in touch with their environment.

Our feeling is that there are many heads around the world that need hats – about six billion, the last time we counted.  And although there’s only one Mad bomber Company, we’re ready to meet that demand… one ultra-cool hat at a time.

We’re proud to be a member of WABA – partly because so many of our customers are passionate about their own personal sports… and partly because we just love WABA and its mission.  In fact, our founder and president has been personally involved in matters important to local bicyclists, including serving for a couple of years as a member and Chair of the Fairfax Trails and Sidewalks Committee.

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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 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.