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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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.

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.

Introducing Dero, 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 Dero.

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For the first presidential inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009, Dero partnered with WABA and DDOT to offer one of the largest, single-day bike valets in the country, with over 2,000 bicyclists taking advantage of this WABA initiative. Dero is proud to continue to support WABA’s vision of a more bicycle-friendly Washington, DC metro area.

Dero has been providing bike parking in Washington, DC for years. You may have used one of their bike racks without even knowing it. A few of their fun custom racks are in the heart of DC: Filter Coffeehouse’s French press and coffee cup, Right Proper Brewery’s logo hoops, and Dupont Circle’s “bike here” near the Metro station. We also love Fairfax County’s Silver Line Garage bike parking and American University’s Dero Fixit public bike repair stations on campus.

Each year Dero staff from their Minneapolis headquarters head to the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Summit in DC. Over the years, it has become clear that the DC area is embracing bicycling with investments, such as Capital Bike Share, and bike lanes and trails connecting its cities and landmarks.

In 2014, Dero opened a DC office to support this explosive growth in bicycling. With a local presence, they can now connect with local advocates, contractors, architects, developers, and consultants to assist in providing high quality bike parking throughout the region. Dero’s bike parking expertise encompasses local city zoning requirements and architectural needs, such as free CAD layouts. They also have a free pocket guide for best practices for bike parking.

Since 1995, Dero has been supplying innovative bike parking and bike transit solutions to architects, contractors, municipalities, and higher education campuses amongst many others. Their bike racks, repair stands, air pumps, shelters, and bike lockers are made from high quality American-made steel. With over 20 years of bike parking experience, Dero engineers have thoughtfully designed and perfected secure bike parking using the shared experiences and input of everyday bicyclists. Dero’s dedication to high quality bike parking stems from their employees’ enthusiasm for bikes. Dero is proud to support bicycle advocacy locally and nationally.

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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.

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.