Climate Ride Information Session TONIGHT!

Join WABA staff tonight, Wednesday May 21 at 6 p.m. at the WABA office (2599 Ontario Road NW) to talk 2014 Climate Ride.  We’ll share stories, tips and give you a rundown on the most fun way to raise money for WABA and along the way, awareness for climate change!  We’ll provide the beer and some light snacks. RSVP here

(Psst:  Check out our NEW design for our 2014 WABA Climate Ride jersey-it’s not final, still working out a few stripe details)140986_M_R_MU3-1

Become a WABA Member this Bike to Work Day

Bike to Work Day is a great day for bicycling. It shows how many people enjoy and support a better bicycling network (and  how many of them like free t-shirts) and why having an organization like WABA is essential to our region. If you haven’t already registered for Bike to Work Day, you can do so here.

One of the big perks of Bike to Work Day is that you can become a member of for the reduced rate of $25 (normally $35). Becoming a WABA member is the best way to support our advocacy efforts, and contribute to the growth of the region’s safe bicycling networks. By showing our strength in numbers we can show our cities, governments, and business that biking is growing and safe bicycling infrastructure is in demand. If you joined on Bike to Work Day last year, your membership is about to expire, so now is a perfect time to renew it!

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We got over 300 new members last Bike to Work Day. With your help we can get even more this year! Photo By: MrM

Still on the fence? Take a look at some of our victories from the past year:

–          Protected bike lanes on M St NW and First St NE.

–          Expanding Capital Bikeshare to over 200 stations in DC, Virginia, and Maryland, including Alexandria & Montgomery Co.

–          Pushing for the completion of the Metropolitan Branch Trail from Brookland to Downtown Silver Spring.

–          Passage of the 3 Foot Passing law in Virginia in 2014.

–          Passage of the Bicycle Safety Amendment in 2013 & the Access to Justice for Bicyclist Act of 2012 in DC

More members means we can amplify our voice and impact region-wide.. That’s why we need you to become a member today. Already a member? Refer a friend!

On Bike to Work Day members of our staff, board, Bike Ambassador team, and volunteer crew will spread out across the region to cover as many pit stops as possible. Currently, we plan to be at: Rosslyn, Freedom Plaza, Downtown Bethesda, Old Town Alexandria, Ballston, Crystal City, Adams Morgan, National Geographic, NoMa, Eastern Market, Vienna, Georgetown, Columbia Heights (in the afternoon), Golden Triangle at Farragut Square, Silver Spring Discovery Place, Mt Vernon Triangle, Falls Church, and Capitol Riverfront.

Stop by and say “Hi” to WABA on Bike to Work Day and become a member!

You can also become a member right now by visiting our website!

 

Introducing Qualia Coffee, a WABA Business Member

We’ve recently introduced you to our business membership programWe debuted the program in 2012 and are steadily signing up new business members in 2014. As part of the program, we’d like to introduce you to some of our business members. Today, meet Qualia Coffee

Qualia Coffee is a full-service coffee shop that also serves as the home of Fresh Off the Roast, a small-batch coffee roasting company dedicated to sourcing recently harvested beans from around the world.

They are proud WABA Business Members, for the second year, and are located at 3917 Georgia Avenue, NW in Petworth, and enthusiastically encourage you to bike to their shop (most of their employees do).

Qualia strives to provide as much information as possible about where their beans come from and what you can expect them to taste like. Qualia hosts twice-monthly coffee tasting from coffees all over the world.

Photo Courtesy of Qualia Coffee

Photo Courtesy of Qualia Coffee

We are happy to count the Qualia Coffee as one of WABA’s business members.

Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? For just $300 per year, you can show your support for a bike-friendly region and WABA’s advocacy. In return you’ll receive:

  • Listing on WABA’s business membership webpage with link to your business’s website
  • Promotion upon joining through our social media networks, including Facebook, Twitter, and our blog (we have 5,500 Twitter followers  and 6,700 Facebook friends)
  • Use of WABA’s bike-friendly business window cling and/or digital logo
  • Discounted WABA memberships ($10 off) for all employees
  • Support in applying for Bicycle Friendly Business recognition from the League of American Bicyclists

 

Introducing D.C. Sundland, Realtor®, a WABA Business Member

We’ve recently introduced you to our business membership program. We debuted the program last year and are steadily signing up new business members in 2014. As part of the program, we’d like to introduce you to some of our business members. Today, meet D.C. Sundland, Realtor®.

D.C. Sundland, Realtor®, Stages Premier, is an area realtor who gets it: More and more people buying homes in the Washington area are looking for housing convenient to bike and transit routes and Sundland welcomes the opportunity to show homes by bicycle.

D.C. Sundland is based in Columbia Heights and is licensed to sell homes in D.C., Virginia, and Maryland.

With a background in engineering and urban planning, Sundland brings a specialized insight to his real estate business. He is an enthusiastic cyclist who knows the region intimately through a decade of exploration by foot, bike, and transit. We are pleased to count him as one of WABA’s business members.

Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? For just $300 per year, you can show your support for a bike-friendly region and WABA’s advocacy. In return you’ll receive:

  • Listing on WABA’s business membership webpage with link to your business’s website
  • Promotion upon joining through our social media networks, including Facebook, Twitter, and our blog (we have 5,200 Twitter followers  and 6,500 Facebook friends)
  • Use of WABA’s bike-friendly business window cling and/or digital logo
  • Discounted WABA memberships ($10 off) for all employees
  • Support in applying for Bicycle Friendly Business recognition from the League of American Bicyclists

Introducing Ridescout, a WABA Business Member

We’ve recently introduced you to our business membership program. We debuted the program last year and are steadily signing up new business members into 2014. As part of the program, we’d like to introduce you to some of our business members. Today, meet Ridescout.

In the D.C. area, we have a lot of transportation options. Certainly we all love riding our bikes, but as multi-faceted people with busy lives, sometimes our transportation needs can be complicated. Smartphones do make things easier–but trying to compare multiple modes to find the best option can itself be a big time investment that requires numerous, unrelated apps.

Enter Ridescout.

Ridescout aggregates all of your transportation choices: check it for directions for your own bike (and number of calories burned!) or see nearby Bikeshare stations with available bikes. Ridescout also compares Car2Go, taxis, Metrobus (with real-time arrivals), Metro, your own car, and Amtrak, factoring in time required, distance, and cost of each mode.

Do you use Bikeshare or love someone who does? You can opt to receive notifications letting you know when your 30 minutes of riding time is almost up, and if the Bikeshare station closest to your destination fills up. To avoid “dock block,” RideScout will reroute you to the next closest station and tell you how long it takes to get there.

Ridescout has recently launched a full Android release and now all features are available for iPhones and Androids. Download the Ridescout app in the App Store or the Google Play Store.

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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 per year, you can show your support for a bike-friendly region and WABA’s advocacy. In return you’ll receive:

  • Listing on WABA’s business membership webpage with link to your business’s website
  • Promotion upon joining through our social media networks, including Facebook, Twitter, and our blog (we have 5,200 Twitter followers  and 6,500 Facebook friends)
  • Use of WABA’s bike-friendly business window cling and/or digital logo
  • Discounted WABA memberships ($10 off) for all employees
  • Support in applying for Bicycle Friendly Business recognition from the League of American Bicyclists

 

 

Introducing Glut Food Co-op, a WABA Business Member

We’ve introduced you to our business membership program. We debuted the program last year and are steadily signing up new business members into 2014. As part of the program, we’d like to introduce you to some of our business members. Today, meet Glut Food Co-op.

Glut Food Co-op is one of the few worker-owned food co-ops in the region. Located just over the D.C. border in Mount Rainier, Md., Glut was founded in 1969 by conscientious objectors during the Vietnam War. Since its inception, Glut has focused on vegetarian food produced locally and organically. To offset the waste generated by packaging and shipping, Glut offers a wide selection of bulk foods—easy for transport by bicycle!

Glut has offered bicycle parking in front of the shop for many years. Now that it’s a business member of WABA, Glut is further demonstrating a commitment to a healthy, sustainable region. Not only does Glut have bike parking, a bike pump, and tools available, they also have a guest lock for any who may have left home without theirs. Located just a block from the Mount Rainier bike co-op, it’s quite easy to plan food shopping with a little bike repair.

We’re thrilled to have Glut as a business member!

Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? For just $300 per year, you can show your support for a bike-friendly region and WABA’s advocacy. In return you’ll receive:

  • Listing on WABA’s business membership webpage with link to your business’s website
  • Promotion upon joining through our social media networks, including Facebook, Twitter, and our blog (we have 5,200 Twitter followers  and 6,500 Facebook friends, and the blog is one of the top-five pages viewed on the website)
  • Use of WABA’s bike-friendly business window cling and/or digital logo
  • Discounted WABA memberships ($10 off) for all employees
  • Support in applying for Bicycle Friendly Business recognition from the League of American Bicyclists

Meet WABA’s Business Members

A year ago, we launched a business membership program to give bike-friendly businesses in the D.C. region (and beyond!) a way to support WABA’s work. We’ve consistently added more businesses to the program and have had the opportunity to talk with many more about the benefits of supporting a bike-friendly Washington, D.C., area.

WABA’s business members understand that businesses and communities thrive when more people have the option to choose healthy, environmentally and economically sound transportation. Remember: Protected bike lanes mean business, so more bike infrastructure is a win-win for the cycling and business communities alike.

We know that many of you are keen to support the local establishments that understand the benefits of a bicycle-friendly Washington area, so in the coming weeks, we’ll be highlighting the local and national businesses that are supporting WABA through the business membership program.

Our current business members include Glut Food Co-opMesirow & Stravtiz, Attorneys at Law; the HiveRidescoutD.C. Sundland, Realtor®; Stages Premier; the Streetwize FoundationSchultz & Trombly, PLLC; Madbomber; and Ecoprint, a founding member of the program that has renewed its support for the second year.

Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? For just $300 per year, you can show your support for a bike-friendly region and WABA’s advocacy. In return you’ll receive:

  • Listing on WABA’s business membership webpage with link to your business’s website
  • Promotion upon joining through our social media networks, including Facebook, Twitter, and our blog (we’ve got 5,000 Twitter followers  and 6,000 Facebook fans, and the blog is one of the top-five pages viewed on the website)
  • Use of WABA’s bike-friendly business window cling and/or digital logo
  • Discounted WABA memberships ($10 off) for all employees
  • Support in applying for Bicycle Friendly Business recognition from the League of American Bicyclists

A big welcome and thanks to our newest business members! If you’re interested in becoming a business member, learn more about the program here.

Thank You for Joining Us!

Our yearly membership drive ended last Friday, and we’re pleased to announce that over 550 people joined us—some for the first time, some for the first time in a long time, and some for yet another few years. Membership dollars help us expand our advocacy, outreach, and education work, and we enthusiastically welcome and greatly appreciate financial support of what WABA does. If you joined or renewed during the drive, thank you!

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We’re really excited about our new members!

We’d also like to thank to local businesses City Bikes and Lunar Massage for graciously donating materials to the drive. And a number of WABA supporters volunteered to help us solicit memberships throughout D.C., Maryland, and Virginia last week—we couldn’t have pulled off the membership drive without them!

You can engage with us in a number of ways in addition to being a WABA member: You can become a D.C. bike ambassador; get involved with our advocacy efforts; take a class (the last oneof the season is this Sunday!); join the Women & Bicycles group if you’re women-identified; follow us on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and Flickr (and contribute to our Flickr pool!); read our blog; ride your bike; and encourage your friends to join us, too.

If you didn’t join during the drive, that’s OK! You can join or donate to WABA at any time. Plus, WABA members get great perks.

We look forward to working with all our new members to better bicycling in the D.C. region.

2013 Membership Drive: This Is It

It’s the last day of our 2013 membership drive. Have you become a WABA member yet?

This week, we’ve told you about the great perks WABA members are eligible for, and about some of the specific endeavors that your WABA membership supports. We’ve had an amazing show of support from our current members; if you’re on Twitter or Facebook, you’ve likely noticed an abundance of gold icons, which represent an affiliation with WABA. And over 300 of you have joined since we kicked off the drive on Monday.

We hope that—if you haven’t already—you’ll make the choice to join us. If you join during this membership drive (which runs until this Friday, Oct. 25—that’s today), your membership is good through December 2014—that’s two free months of membership. And this week, joining at any level nets you sweet incentives*:

$35: Membership, plus sticker and notepad
$50: Membership, sticker, notepad, and a standard-issue WABA T-shirt
$100: Membership, sticker, notepad, and a special-edition gold WABA T-shirt
$500: Membership, sticker, notepad, and a WABA bike jersey

Today is the last day to join WABA and take advantage of the great incentives we’re offering during this membership drive. Join today

*Your notepad, sticker, T-shirt, or jersey will be mailed to you, along with your WABA membership card, in four to six weeks.

This post is part of our yearly weeklong membership drive. Your membership supports our advocacy, outreach, and education efforts, and you get great perksJoinrenew, or donate today.