Join now! If you join during this membership drive (which runs until this Friday, Oct. 25), 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 On our blog this week, you can expect to hear more about our advocacy, outreach, and education successes over the past year. All of our programming works to support people who ride bikes in D.C., Montgomery, Prince George’s, Arlington, and Fairfax counties and the city of Alexandria, which is why our theme for this year’s drive is “I Bike, Therefore I Am…a WABA member.” Join today to make that a true statement! We’ll also be opening our office on Thurs., Oct. 24 from 6-8 p.m. for new and old members. We encourage you to stop by, ask questions, and learn about what WABA membership can do for you. Please RSVP here so we can stock up on snacks and beverages. Read more about the 2013 membership drive below the jump. We’re aware that our drive falls immediately after the federal shutdown, which drastically impacted the functionality of our region. We understand that joining, renewing, or giving may not be within your capacity at this time. That said, we hope you’ll keep WABA’s work in mind when you are in a more stable place. (We also welcome your sweat-equity hours! Those who volunteer three times with WABA get a free membership. Learn more here.) We’d like to use this opportunity to thank our current members, new and old, for supporting WABA and better bicycling in the D.C. region. If you’re on Twitter or Facebook, you might notice some of our current members sporting a gold icon indicating their affiliation with WABA. Once you’ve joined, feel free to change your profile image to our special members-only badge. In addition to blogging this week about the great things WABA does for you, we’ll be sending quite a few emails encouraging you to join or renew. Our small staff is doing its best to process memberships as they come in, but there’s a chance that you’ll receive nagging emails even after you’ve joined. Our apologies! *Your notepad, sticker, T-shirt, or jersey will be mailed to you, along with your WABA membership card, in four to six weeks. We’ll see you back here tomorrow. In the meantime, won’t you join our ranks? This post is part of our yearly weeklong membership drive. Your membership supports our advocacy, outreach, and education efforts, and you get great perks. Join, renew, or donate today.WABA’s annual membership drive begins today! We’re a member-supported organization, and we can’t do our work without you.