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.

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 at dccyclingconcierge.com!

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

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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!

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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.

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