Today is the LAST DAY of the Fall Membership Drive! Thanks to everyone who joined or referred-a-friend this week! Your support keeps our advocacy wheels rolling forward! Haven’t joined yet? There’s still time! Join today to receive a discounted 1-year individual and 1-year family membership ($10 off). Each new member who joins during the membership drive also gets a free WABA water bottle or WABA sunglasses along with a WABA patch kit or tire levers set (while supplies last). A BIG THANKS to… … all our volunteers who stood at busy intersections throughout the week, promoting bicycling and WABA while handing out free bike maps! … City Bikes, for donating awesome bike prizes for our refer-a-friend drawing! … BikeArlington, for providing coffee and granola bars and then helping pass them out!
During this week’s Fall Membership Drive, we have been asking WABA members to support us by referring-a-friend to join WABA. If every WABA member refers just one co-worker, friend, family member, or fellow bike commuter to join, our reach will be twice as big! That’s two times as many people working to ensure bicyclists’ needs are represented. We all benefit when this happens. To convey our appreciation, we will be entering each referrer into a drawing for cool bike prizes. Thanks to our friends at City Bikes, we will be giving away a Specialized helmet, OnGuard Pitbull bike lock, and Planet Bike Blaze Superflash light set. In addition, our top five referrers will receive a free 1-year WABA membership or membership extension. Use this customizable, “refer-a-friend” email to refer up to 20 friends to join. Feel free to change or personalize the message, but remember to leave the join link so they can receive 1-year individual and 1-year family discounted memberships ($10 off). Just make certain your friends fill in your name (in the “referred by a friend” field) when they join so you can get credit. Not a member? You can still refer-a-friend. Or join yourself!
Supporting WABA to sustain our on-going bicycle advocacy in the Washington region is a wonderful benefit in and of itself. Our advocacy ensures that the bike lanes get striped (or painted green), the trails get funded and built, the bicycle education classes get taught, and the bike racks installed. But the additional member benefits are also worth JOINING for! As a WABA member, you have access to a whole slate of benefits including:
- Discounts at 50 area bike shops
- Discounts on WABA events and rides (i.e. VASA, BikeFest, Bike Prom, 50 States, etc.)
- Discounts from many community business partners like ZipCar
- Subscription to the quarterly WABA newsletter, RideOn
- Use of WABA’s complimentary bike “boxes” when you travel
- Up-to-date information on current bicycle advocacy issues and how you can take action on them
Every year, WABA teaches thousands of children and hundreds of adults how to get around their neighborhoods safely by bike through our Adult Learn to Ride classes, Bike Commuter seminars, Confident City Cycling classes, and bike skills events. Help WABA get more kids and adults on bikes by joining during our Fall Membership Drive. This week, October 22nd-26th, we are offering our 1-year individual and 1-year family memberships at a discounted rate. Each new member who joins during the drive also receives a free WABA water bottle or pair of WABA sunglasses along with a WABA patch kit and tire levers set (while supplies last).
Join WABA or refer-a-friend to support our advocacy. Most of what WABA does, day-in and day-out, isn’t terribly visible. It’s attending evening community meetings and testifying at public hearings and reviewing budget notes and writing letters to the editors. But it’s because we spend the thousands of hours doing this behind-the-scenes advocacy work that the trails get funded and built, the bike lanes striped, the safety classes taught, and the bike racks installed. However, we are reliant on the financial support of area bicyclists to continue this work. To sustain our advocacy efforts WABA is launching a Fall Membership Drive this week, October 22nd-26th. For the next five days we are offering our 1-year individual and 1-year family memberships at a discounted rate ($10 off). To sweeten the deal: each new member who joins during the drive receives a free WABA water bottle or WABA sunglasses along with a WABA patch kit and tire levers set (while supplies last).Seen a green lane on your recent commute? Want to see more?
“Membership with Benefits” is a blog series in which we highlight a different WABA member benefit each month. Last month we featured Brighter Days Collective Dog Walking & Pet Sitting. This month we’re featuring Bike Escapades, a bike touring company.Planning trips can be stressful and planning bike trips can be even more stressful. Figuring out where to stay and eat, what route(s) to bike, and how to transport everything can be demanding. Sometimes we just want to ride our bikes in new, beautiful settings and not worry about the logistics of how to do so. Fortunately, Bike Escapades makes bike vacations easy. Bike Escapades is a small bike touring company that provides fully supported bike trips throughout the United States. Enjoy spectacular scenery and local culture on quite roads without the logistical headache of arranging it. Where to stay and eat? They take care of it. Join Bike Escapades on any of their 2013 bike tours and save $150 as a WABA member. For every member that takes advantage of the discount, Bike Escapades donates an additional $150 to WABA in your name. Now THAT’S a member benefit!
“Membership with Benefits” is a blog series in which we highlight a different WABA member benefit each month. In July we featured ZipCar, the national car-sharing network. This month we’re featuring Brighter Days Collective Dog Walking & Pet Sitting. Heading out of town for the week(end), but not able or wanting to take your pooch along? Work long days, leaving your dog inside all day? Ever thought about a dog walker or pet sitter? Because we know just the one! Brighter Days Collective is a DC-based dog walking and pet sitting agency whose employees travel by bike to walk or sit your pets. How cool is that? You know what’s even cooler? In addition to having employees who bike to and from your home, Brighter Days will actually pay you to join (or renew your membership with) WABA! That’s right. They will cover the cost of your WABA membership if you utilize their pet services. Now that’s a member benefit!
“Membership with Benefits” is a blog series in which we highlight a different WABA member benefit each month. Last month we featured RentaBikeNow.com, a national bike rental company. This month we’re featuring ZipCar, the car-sharing network. Moving across town? Planning a day trip out of the city? Picking “that” friend up at the airport who decided to fly into Dulles (when you live in Silver Spring)? For those rare times you need to go by car, think about going by ZipCar. It’s easy: 1) Join, 2) Reserve, 3) Unlock and 4) Drive. And luckily, WABA members receive half off their first-year annual fee, making it just $30! It’s a car on-demand, whether for a couple hours or the whole day. Now you can go mountain biking at the newly-opened Rockburn Skills Park, pick up that amazing vintage couch you just bought off Craigslist, or drive out to Merriweather to see a great show while keeping your day-to-day life on-bike and car-free. Just contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the discount code.
Now that’s a member benefit!
“Membership with Benefits“ is a blog series in which we highlight a different WABA member benefit each month. We first featured Bike and Roll, a local bike rental/tour company. This month we’re featuring RentaBikeNow.com, a national bike rental company. Will you be traveling this summer? Do you want to explore your destination by bike without the hassle of bike boxes, car racks or over-sized luggage charges? We’ve got the perfect solution: RentaBikeNow.com. Linking you to over 250 bike rental companies in the U.S. and Canada, RentaBikeNow.com will get you on a bike saddle and rolling to the nearest coffee shop, restaurant or museum all across North America. Pretty sweet, right?
But we’re sweetening your ride(s) even more! WABA members save $5 every time you reserve a bike at one of RentaBikeNow.com‘s locations! Explore the hills of San Francisco, the newly painted bike lanes of Chicago and the Florida coast, saving $5 on your reservation each time. Just contact email@example.com for the discount code.
Now that’s a member benefit!