Thank you for your generosity.

Together, this past December, hundreds of our neighbors stood up together and helped WABA surpass our goal: we raised almost $140,000 to help WABA start 2019 strong, ready to fight for safer streets, longer trails, and greener cities.

Thank you for being part of a movement that is here to upset the car-centric status quo that is unjust, unsafe, and unsustainable. In 2019, we’re going to raise our collective voices and celebrate our communities on bikes. We’ll be organizing for better infrastructure, teaching people to ride for the first time, facilitating supportive peer groups, giving people skills to ride confidently, and so much more. And we’re so glad you’re along for the ride.

We are incredibly grateful for the financial support of those who make our work possible. If we can count you among them, thank you. If you haven’t made a contribution yet, it’s never too late at waba.org/give. And if you have questions about the impact of your donation or want to learn more, drop us a line at development@waba.org.

We’ll see you out there!

First spreadsheets, then shovels

Whether it’s organizing for better places to bike, learning to ride, finding a supportive peer group, building skills for riding in the city, commuting for the first time, or finishing the 50 States Ride for the tenth time, WABA is a community of people helping each other accomplish big things.

Today, we’re asking for your help. Will you make a donation to WABA today?

Enjoying a pop-up protected bike lane in Bethesda. We can’t wait for the permanent one! Photo: Bethesda BIKE Now.

Anna Irwin is one of the thousands of you who accomplished something really big this year. Here’s what happened:

When Anna and her husband moved from DC to Bethesda ten years ago, she wanted two things: trail access and good public transportation options. And for a few years, she had them. Her commute was downright dreamy: a ride down the tree-covered Capital Crescent Trail onto DC’s network of protected bike lanes.

Then, on her daughter’s first day of school, everything changed. Their connection to school and work, the Georgetown Branch Trail, closed to make way for the construction of the Purple Line, a new light rail line.

Anna felt trapped. She rode the official detour and found herself navigating a poorly signed route on crowded sidewalks, through bike lanes filled with trucks and parked cars, and over roads torn up for construction or closed altogether.

Instead of resigning herself to five or more years of frustrating mornings and dangerous afternoons, Anna stepped up. Within a week, she checked in with her neighbors struggling with the same lack of transportation choices, started documenting her rides, and wrote her first letter to everyone she could think of—including WABA.

”When I started, I wasn’t sure who had the power to make the changes we needed. WABA was one of my first allies—and they connected me to others. It turns out that lots of people in the county government get it—and the team at WABA is on a first name basis with most of them. They know that biking is a critical component of the transportation mix in our future. And they want to build the same safe, protected, and connected networks that I do. What they need is to hear from the community. So, I pulled my community together, and we showed up.”

Anna didn’t just show up, though. When the county held a meeting about the closure of the Georgetown Branch Trail, Anna showed up with a hundred WABA members, a marker-drawn map of solutions, and a digital community calling for change.

A few packed public meetings, a thousand petition signatures, and one last-minute budget resolution later, and—fingers crossed—we’ll see shovels in the ground for a new network of protected bike lanes through Bethesda in 2019.

We can’t wait to take a low-stress ride with Anna and her daughter (hopefully you’ll come, too!). In the meantime, WABA’s advocacy team will be up to their elbows in engineering blueprints, county budget spreadsheets, and site visits to make sure that the county does it right.

WABA is in it for the long haul in Montgomery County and everywhere across the region. But we need you to show up today so WABA can be with you and your community tomorrow and for years to come.

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We’re hiring: Membership & Development Coordinator

Overview

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) seeks an enthusiastic, process-oriented Membership & Development Coordinator to manage WABA’s individual membership program and support fundraising activities. We need a systems thinker with great attention to detail and strong interpersonal skills. The Membership & Development Coordinator will operationalize, maintain, and grow the membership program; manage and maintain the member and donor database; and represent WABA in the community.

The Membership & Development Coordinator reports to the Development Director, works closely with WABA’s Events Coordinator and Business Partnership Coordinator, and collaborates with all staff to integrate membership throughout our programs. As a smaller—but quickly growing!—nonprofit, all staff are required to assist with general organization-wide duties and at major events.


Responsibilities & Activities

  • Meet and exceed individual membership membership recruitment and retention goals.
  • Manage and maintain WABA’s member and donor CRM with precision; process memberships and donations; produce timely and compelling acknowledgments.
  • Develop, implement, and execute two annual membership drives, including Bike to Work Day.
  • Collaborate with and support WABA staff to effectively grow and promote membership through outreach, events, and education.
  • Collaborate with the communications team to create and regularly update membership and donor communications: digital, in-person, and beyond.
  • Design and implement occasional membership appreciation and engagement activities, from in-person events and surveys to managing membership perks.
  • Represent WABA at community events, on-street outreach, Combined Federal Campaign fairs, and more.
  • Manage WABA merchandise, including maintaining inventory, fulfilling online orders and managing sales at events.
  • Coordinate with staff to organize volunteers; promote and facilitate the “Earn a Membership” program.
  • Support the Development Director in various development functions, including prospect research, donor cultivation, launching a major donor society, and direct mail.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Demonstrated success in—and a passion for!—fundraising;
  • A process-oriented, systematic way of thinking;
  • Previous CRM database management experience, ideally with Salesforce; and
  • Experience with direct mail and email campaigns.

Additional required skills include:

  • The ability to balance multiple tasks and priorities simultaneously and follow through on commitments;
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills, both verbal and written;
  • Good writing skills and a commitment to quality work;
  • Strong computer literacy with specific experience using Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google office suite;
  • A willingness to jump in and help out the team; and
  • An enthusiastic commitment to WABA’s mission.

About WABA

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is working to create a healthy, more livable region by promoting bicycling for fun, fitness, and affordable transportation; advocating for better bicycling conditions and transportation choices for a healthier environment; and educating children, adults, and motorists about safe bicycling.

WABA’s programs, from youth education to grassroots community organizing, engage residents in Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, and Washington, DC. Six thousand dues-paying members and thousands more generous supporters have helped WABA transform bicycling in the region again and again over its 46 year history.

WABA is building a region where, in 2020, we’ll see three times the number of people riding bikes. And, by 2035, every single person will live within one mile of a dedicated safe place to bike. We envision a region in which biking is joyful, safe, popular, and liberating; supported by the necessary infrastructure, laws, activities, and investments; and where bicycle ridership mirrors the incredible diversity of our communities.

Employment Details

This position is full-time. Expected salary range is $36,000-$40,000. The position is based in the WABA Office in Adams Morgan, Washington, DC. All employees are expected to work some evenings and weekends with flex time in exchange.

Benefits include 100% employer covered health/dental/vision insurance premiums; vacation, sick, and personal leave; committed colleagues; fun working environment; optional voluntary accident/disability insurance; WABA’s 403(b) retirement program; indoor bike parking; and surprising amounts of ice cream.

WABA is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, arrest record or criminal convictions, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, sex, or age.

Apply

Send a cover letter and resume as one PDF to jobs@waba.org. Please include “Membership & Development Coordinator” in the subject line. No phone calls.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; the position will remain posted until filled. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply by or before Monday, February 26. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Knocking down barriers to biking

Women and Bicycles

Nationwide, 28% of people who ride bikes identify as women. In DC, 42% of bike commuters identify as women.

Awesome. But we didn’t flip those statistics around without your help.

DONATE

Your support for WABA is building a more inclusive bicycling community, and your financial investment is getting more people on bikes. Thank you!

When WABA created the Women & Bicycles program in 2013, we knew that 3:1 gender ratio was a problem. We didn’t know how we’d fund the work, but you stepped up and we made it happen.

Today, our Women & Bicycles program is 7,000 strong. We facilitate year-round rides, events, mentorship, and a lively space for online conversation. These physical and digital safe spaces eliminate barriers to entry to bicycling. And we know it works.

We hope you feel equally proud when you look around and see who’s sharing your bike lane this evening—your investment in WABA made that possible.

at the 2015 Hains Point 100

We know that women aren’t the only underrepresented community in biking. With the right resources, we can break down more barriers to biking, and we need your help.

In 2018, WABA is excited to launch three community-based initiatives to garner support for safer streets in DC. Working closely with residents of three specific neighborhoods, we’re going to dig deep on the issues that keep people from feeling safe and excited to get on a bike. Ensuring people have the trails and bike lanes they need to feel comfortable riding is critical, but we know from past experience that an inclusive community is essential, too. You can help us build those safer streets, neighborhood by neighborhood.

Please make a donation today to get more people on bikes.