It’s the Membership Drive!

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It’s Membership Drive Week here at WABA! That means we’re celebrating our passionate and dedicated members and the power we build when we come together and invest in WABA’s vision for a healthier, more livable region for everyone, especially for our future generations.

What if our region celebrated bicycling every day? If our leaders chose making green spaces a priority over highways? Or if having the freedom to choose an affordable, eco-friendly, and safe form of transportation was a right, not a privilege? We want to live in a region in which everyone, no matter their skill or comfort level, can easily get where they want to go.

For this week only, grab our Membership drive “Climate Change is real. Build more bike lanes.” shirt when you join.

Listening to and serving our members is at the core of everything we do. From training advocates to teaching people of all ages to ride a bike to identifying how to make streets safer for everyone, we couldn’t possibly do what we do without our members – become one today!

Want to learn more? Come say hi to us this week! 

Happy hour on Wednesday – On Wednesday, we’ll be at Highline RxR in Crystal City from 6 – 8pm – join us on your commute home! Accessible via the Mt Vernon Trail and the Yellow Line.

Trail clean up on Saturday – Invest in the places we ride and make our shared trails better. Join us for a Saturday trail cleanup on Kingman Island! More details here.

Bike Shop Benefits for WABA Members!

Every day, WABA members directly support a happier, healthier, better connected region. Along with 6,200 of your neighbors, you provide the single largest source of unrestricted revenue for WABA—contributions that are absolutely essential to do the advocacy work that makes our region a better place to live and bike. Thank you. We are proud to have your support, and work every day to make you a proud WABA member.

Last fall, WABA launched our Member Extras program to give you another reason to be a proud card-carrying WABA member. Member Extras are perks for WABA members provided by WABA business members that share your values. 

What’s the new deal?

In addition to discounts at some of your favorite coffee shops, breweries, design companies, and more, we partner with a number of local bike shops. As of January 2019, local bike shops no longer offer WABA members discounts on merchandise at their stores. 

WABA bike shop business members now offer WABA members $15 off a tune-up annually—that’s $15 off a tune-up at any of our participating bike shop member locations every time you renew your membership! 

How do I get one?

Look for the “$15 off a tune-up” coupon in the mail each time you renew your membership. (You can always renew early, and we’ll extend your membership another year.) Take the coupon to any of the participating shops for service. Don’t see your shop on the list? Have them email business@waba.org, or give us a call at 202-518-0524 x 211.

If you’re a long-time WABA member, you may be wondering, why no more year-round discount for WABA members at local shops? We want our shops to stay around and grow with the bicycling community for years to come—read more about our decision to update how WABA supports local bike shops below.

Why this change?

After extensive review of the previous discount program and many interviews with shop owners, we learned that the program was actually hurting our local shops and their bottom line. The 5%-10% discounts WABA members received at local shops were cutting into profit margins and not bringing new foot traffic to shops. At the same time, the discounts didn’t have a direct impact on WABA and our mission.

To create a truly bikeable region, WABA wants to support our local bike shops, promote their incredible service and expertise, and celebrate local businesses.

What does the change mean for local bike shops?

WABA bike shop business members work with us to connect our members, their customers, and employees with local and regional advocacy initiatives and support community rides and events. 

We hope playing our part to support the businesses that support us means that everyone, regardless of age or ability, can experience the joy of biking.

Thank you for growing with us, and continuing to support the shops who support us! 

For any further questions about WABA’s Member Extra program, please email business@waba.org, or give us a call at 202-518-0524 x 211.

Let’s Mingle: WABA Summer Member Mixer

Eager to meet your fellow WABA members? Curious about recent advocacy updates? Looking for a new ride route? Come join us for a WABA Member Mixer on July 25, sponsored by our friends at SHARE NOW!

Current WABA members will get their first round on us but don’t worry—you can join as a member on-site.

Details:

When: Thursday, July 25, 5:30 – 8:30pm

Where: Local 16 (1602 U Street NW)

RSVP!

Family Memberships are here!

We’re so excited to announce a new level of membership for WABA: Family Membership! WABA had a family membership option until 2013, which we had to discontinue because our database couldn’t support it. We are so excited that it’s back and refreshed to celebrate all kinds of families!

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As WABA continues to grow, so do you and what you want from membership. We want Family Membership to encourage and celebrate our members who want to share WABA with family, chosen family, and the people you love most.

Here’s how it works:

$65 – 1 Year membership for two people

  • $15/person for up to four additional people
  • Children under 18 are included at no additional cost

Join here!

FAQs:

What do you mean by ‘family’?

However you want to define family! To you, it might mean your partner or spouse, your children, your chosen family, or something else. We acknowledge that the important people you share your life with doesn’t look the same for everyone.

What if my family members don’t live at the same address?

That’s fine! You’ll be able to mark whether you want your membership cards to come to one address or different ones. You can also choose if you want one family membership card or individual ones for each person.

Are you going to use my children’s names?

We’d love to send your children “Junior WABA Members” cards, but it’s up to you! We will ask for their ages.

If I’m currently a member, can I still sign up?

Yes! Your membership will be transferred to your family membership with an updated expiration date—one year after your family’s primary contact’s current membership is due to expire. For example, if your current membership is set to expire on 10/1/2021 and you purchase a family membership, your family membership will expire on 10/1/2022 for every person receiving a new card.

I have more questions or comments.

Drop us a line at membership@waba.org and we’ll sort it out! This is new for us, too, so we want to hear from you.

SHARE NOW & WABA Member Mixer

Calling all WABA members! Let’s celebrate!

Whether you became a WABA member 10 days or 10 years ago, every one of our 6,000+ members is passionate about WABA for a unique reason. What’s yours?

Join us on Thursday, July 25 at Local 16 from 5:30pm-8:30pm for our Summer WABA member mixer sponsored by SHARE NOW, and learn about the many ways you connect with our work and each other. The first round’s on us!

Additional Details:

This event is open to WABA members and SHARE NOW members. If you’re curious about membership, you can come check it out and join on the spot. Bring your friends!

Fine Print

Bike parking will be available until 8:30pm promptly. Stay safe: take a bikeshare or SHARE NOW to the mixer and find a different mode of transportation home.

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We’re so excited that one of the best bike days of the year, Bike to Work Day, is quickly approaching on Friday, May 17th! It’s WABA’s biggest membership drive and we want to be at as many pit stops as we can – will you help us? We rely on our volunteers to help sell memberships to the thousands of riders on their ways to work.

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Bike to Work Day will take place rain or shine! Interested in volunteering? Email membership@waba.org

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It’s the Membership Drive!

Who is ready to talk about WABA membership this week? We are!

Join our community of invested, enthusiastic people committed to making our region more bike-friendly and accessible.

Biking is a great way to be a part of your community.

What’s your favorite part of biking in your neighborhood? Do you wave hello to the same people on your commute every day? How does biking affect your view of your community and the spaces you navigate every day?

Every day, we’re working to make our shared spaces more friendly and more bikeable for everyone. But we can’t do it without you!

Join today

For this week only, grab our Membership drive “I Bike Here” shirt when you join for two years!

Join today

 

Come say hi this week!

Phone Bank for WABA

Join us for an evening – tonight! –  of calling fellow WABA members and supporters to get the word out about our the Membership Drive! We’ll provide a script, refreshments, and good company.  Bring your phone and get ready to chat about WABA’s work in the region. In exchange for two hours of calls, we’ll give you a year’s membership and the newest WABA t-shirt! More details here.

 

WABA Open House

Visit the WABA office this Wednesday, October 17th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm to mingle with other members, get updates from WABA staff, and order your membership drive t-shirt! The informal open house will be a chance to connect with WABA leadership and enjoy snacks and drinks with fellow members working to make biking in our region better. Please RSVP here.

Meet Hannah Anderson-Dana, our new Membership and Development Coordinator.

I’m Hannah Anderson-Dana, the new Membership and Development Coordinator at WABA. I’m so excited to be part of the Development team and get to know our great members!

Growing up in the very bike friendly Portland, OR and attending college in the equally bikeable Twin Cities meant that biking was my main form of transportation, from getting to school to riding around the lakes on a nice day. After I moved to DC, I joined WABA as a member on Bike to Work Day in 2015 and I’ve had the best time learning about the bike community in the region and exploring different neighborhoods on rides. Exploring DC by bike made the city really feel like home!

I most recently worked at a civics non-profit, where I was always trying to convince my coworkers to bike to work or on the weekends. Needless to say, that’s taken care of at WABA!

I hope to enhance and expand WABA’s already amazing membership program and to continue making connections in our community through biking. If you have thoughts or feedback about our membership program and how we can grow it, please reach out to me at hannah.anderson-dana@waba.org. I can’t wait to meet you!