Hey, it’s the 2017 Membership Drive!

We are so excited (really!) to spend this week talking about WABA membership.

One of things that we celebrate at WABA is that lots of different kinds of people ride bikes for lots of different reasons.

Whether you’re just learning to ride, taking kids to school, commuting everyday, training for a race, pedaling to the bus stop, or exploring the trail network on sunny weekends, you are welcome at WABA, and we are working on your behalf.

We want you happy and safe, every time you ride, and we can’t do that without our members. We want you to be part of this movement.

Join Today

When you join WABA, you’re taking a stand. You believe biking is for everyone. It should be great for everyone.

But that’s not all:

Thought about refining your commuting skills at a City Cycling class? They’re free for WABA members!

Want to explore your city, or the rural landscapes that surround it, on one of our signature rides? Become a member!

Why join now?

Well, because it’s our annual Membership Drive!

This week only Join or renew for two years or at the Champion level to snag one of our new “Biking for Everyone” t-shirts!

Join Today

Still on the fence?

We have two awesome events this week that may change your mind. Come say hi:

WABA Open House

Visit the WABA office on Tuesday from 5:30pm – 7:30pm to mingle with other members, see where the magic happens, and pre-order your membership drive t-shirt! The informal open house will be a chance to chat with some of our staff and enjoy snacks and drinks with fellow members working to make biking in our region better.

We’ll be selling our exclusive membership drive t-shirt (preorder only), socks to rock #wabasockwednesday the next day, and discounted jerseys. Come by and join WABA at a discount! Please RSVP here so we can have an accurate food and beverage count.

Coffee and Socks

Start your Wednesday—and all your coming Wednesdays—with a #wabasockwednesday moment!

Join WABA folks at Peregrine Espresso on 14th Street (1718 14th Street NW) to enjoy a cup of coffee, purchase your own pair of signature socks to help rock the hashtag, and join WABA all in one place.

Show proof of membership purchase or your WABA socks and enjoy a $2 iced or hot drip coffee until 11am, thanks to Peregrine.

Stop by, grab a picture and eat a treat and use the hashtag #wabasockwednesday.

What are you waiting for?

Sign up today for reduced rates and thank you for supporting WABA!

Meet Tara, the new Membership Coordinator!

Hello, everyone!

I am very excited to introduce myself as the Membership Coordinator here at WABA!

I grew up in Philadelphia and moved to the Washington area about four years ago. I love being able to explore the city, especially on a bike. For me, biking is a great way to stay engaged and to travel effectively in the area.

I am really excited to serve the WABA community in this role because without the support and dedication of our members, advocating for safer streets and sidewalks would be next to impossible. I am looking forward to getting to know all of you even more to best serve the needs of the community and WABA supporters.

I can’t wait to meet everyone at our member event at the Crystal City Water Park on June 16th!

Introducing HDR Architecture, a Leadership Level 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 HDR Architecture.

HDR Architecture is proud to become the newest member of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. HDR is a global architecture and engineering firm with nearly 10,000 employees and 220 offices worldwide. We think global and act local, which is exactly why we want to continue supporting our greater Washington, DC community through WABA.

At HDR, we’ve been delivering solutions through smart design for 100 years. Through our projects near and far, we take pride in enriching the ways in which people work, live and play. Ensuring a sustainable world now and in the future is a big deal to us, therefore supporting a bike-friendly community is most certainly a cause we can support.

Learn more about HDR by visiting www.hdrinc.com and follow the hashtag #HDR_DC on Twitter for a view from the local lens of our DC Architecture practice.

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 American Diabetes Association, 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 the American Diabetes Association.

The American Diabetes Association will hold its annual Northern Virginia Tour de Cure at the Reston Town Center on May 13, 2017.   The Tour features a variety of routes for people of all ages and skill sets.   The Tour is one of the Association’s signature fundraising events, supporting its mission to prevent and cure diabetes and improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.  By participating in the Tour you become a critical part of this mission and community.  Register or volunteer for the Northern Virginia Tour de Cure here- www.diabetes.org/novatourdecure.

Locally, the Association works in the community to increase awareness around diabetes.  They train ambassadors who can work in their community to encourage healthy lifestyles.  They also have program like the Senior Signature Series that trains senior citizens in healthy habits.  The Association is constantly at work in the community to provide education and awareness in an effort to help everyone in our area who is affected by diabetes.  You can learn more about the local chapter here.

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 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

At the #FixContrib Rally

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!