Tour de Fat is coming to DC on July 22!

We have a very exciting announcement to make: New Belgium Brewing’s “Fat Tire Presents the Tour de Fat” is coming to Washington, DC on July 22!

The traveling philanthropic beer, music and bike festival is a great fundraising opportunity for WABA. You should come! This super fun event helps us fund our bicycle advocacy and outreach efforts.

Vintage Trouble will headline the DC show, along with costumes, cirque performers, and lots of fun. This year, the event will be ticketed and tickets are available in advance online.

About the Tour de Fat:

Date: Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

Time: 4:00pm to 9:00 pm

Where: 136 N St SE, Washington, DC

Tickets: Purchase tickets from New Belgium here.

For more information about the event, check out New Belgium’s Tour de Fat event page!

Proceeds from beer sales at Tour de Fat are donated to local bicycle non-profits: WABA, Black Women Bike DC, Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts, Phoenix Bikes, and Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling. We hope you will come dance, celebrate, have a blast, and drink a beer with us. See you on July 22nd!

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Register for Bike to Work Day!

We are excited to announce that registration for this year’s Bike to Work Day is now open. Sign up for this free event today!

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Bike to Work Day will take place on Friday, May 19th, 2017.

The region’s largest celebration of getting to work on two wheels, Bike to Work Day is an annual event that celebrates those who ride a bicycle. Whether you commute to work by bike every single day or just want to give it a try for the first time this year, this event celebrates you! This is the one day each year that our regions recognizes bicycling as an everyday form of transportation.

This year’s Bike to Work Day event will feature 86 pit stops across the region in Maryland, DC and Virginia. Registration for Bike to Work Day is always free, and includes a free t-shirt, food/drink at your pit stop, and the chance to win pit stop giveaways.

You can read more about Bike to Work Day here. And you can sign up and select your pit stop here.


Your winners of the 2017 Bicyclists’ Choice Awards

We held our third annual Bicyclists’ Choice Awards event on Tuesday, February 28th at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health, and the celebration was a huge success! Our host Tom Sherwood of NBC4 Washington graced the stage with humor and wit, and the awards event brought together close to 150 excited and passionate bicyclists, advocates, WABA supporters, VIPs, and award winners to celebrate the amazing achievements made in 2016 to make bicycling better in our region.

We want to thank Tom Sherwood for being a part of our event and making us laugh. Tom is a reporter for News4 specializing in politics and the DC government. He is the resident guest analyst each Friday on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi’s Political Hour. You can find Tom on Twitter at Tom, we will snap a photo of you stopping at the stop sign at Hains Point East Potomac Park one of these days,  just you wait.

Tom Sherwood of NBC4 Washington hosting the Bicyclists’ Choice Awards.

Thank you to everyone who came out to watch and support the awards show: the event could not have happened without you – your nominations, your votes and your interest in attending the event.

The Bicyclists’ Choice Awards is an important opportunity for WABA to recognize the people and places in our region that make bicycling great, and we were so happy that many of you were a part of it.

Continue reading to find out who won and to see photos from the event.

We are pleased to announce the nominees and winners of the publicly-chosen Bicyclists’ Choice Awards:

Nominees for the Best Improvement for Biking in 2016 in the District of Columbia:

  • Rehabilitation of Rock Creek Park Trail and Beach Drive underway
  • 14th St NW bike lane connection through Columbia Heights with striping and green paint
  • Northern extension of the 15th St NW Protected Bike Lane from W St to Euclid St NW alongside Meridian Hill Park
  • Completion of the new Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens segment of the Anacostia River Trail

DDOT accepts the award on behalf of the entities who worked on building and completing the trail, which include the District Department of Transportation, National Capital Parks East of the National Park Service, the Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commision, and the US Department of Transportation.

Winner: Completion of the new Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens segment of the Anacostia River Trail!

Nominees for the Best Improvement for Biking in 2016 in Maryland:

  • C&O Canal Towpath resurfacing near Great Falls
  • Safety improvements at Capital Crescent Trail crossing of Little Falls Parkway
  • New protected bike lane in White Flint on Nebel Street
  • Repaving of Sligo Creek Trail

Michael Riley, Director of Parks for Montgomery County, accepts the award.

Winner: Safety improvements at Capital Crescent Trail crossing of Little Falls Parkway!

Nominees for the Best Improvement for Biking in 2016 in Virginia:

  • Wilson Boulevard protected bike lane and improvements
  • Custis Trail and W&OD Trail maintenance and repaving
  • BikeArlington’s support and promotion of bicycling during Safetrack
  • Capital Bikeshare expansion in Fairfax County and to Tysons and Reston

Kevin Stalica, Park Manager at Arlington County, accepts the award.

Winner: Custis Trail and W&OD Trail maintenance and repaving!

Nominees for the Bike Friendliest Neighborhood or Business Improvement District in 2016:

  • Capitol Riverfront/Yards Park, DC
  • NoMa, DC
  • Crystal City, VA
  • Golden Triangle, DC

Bonnie Wright, Marketing & Communications Manager for the Capitol Riverfront BID, accepts the award on behalf of the BID.

Winner: Capitol Riverfront/Yards Park, DC!

Nominees for the Best Bike Shop in 2016:

  • The Bike Rack
  • BicycleSPACE
  • Proteus Bicycles
  • Bikenetic
  • Gearin’ Up Bicycles

Laurie Lemieux, co-owner of Proteus Bicycles, accepts the award.

Winner: Proteus Bicycles!

Nominees for the Best Social Ride in 2016:

  • The Tweed Ride
  • DC Bike Party
  • Kidical Mass
  • BicycleSPACE Cupcake Ramble
  • DC Bike Ride
  • Proteus Sunday Morning Coffee Ride

Laurie Lemieux, co-owner of Proteus Bicycles, accepts her second award of the night.

Winner: Proteus Sunday Morning Coffee Ride!

Nominees for the Bike Friendliest Business in 2016:

  • District Taco
  • The Java Shack
  • Vigilante Coffee Company
  • Right Proper Brewing Company
  • Swing’s Coffee
  • Filter Coffeehouse

Winner: District Taco!

Nominees for the Biggest Bicycle Advocacy Win of 2016 in the District of Columbia:

  • The Downtown West Transportation Study on protected bike lanes on Pennsylvania Ave west of the White House
  • New York Ave Trail Concept Plan
  • Passage of the Bicycle Safety Amendment Act of 2016
  • Passage of the Motor Vehicle Collision Recovery Act (which fixes contributory negligence for vulnerable road users)

Accepting the award on behalf of the DC Council is Tony Goodman, Councilmember Grosso’s Chief of Staff.

Winner: Passage of the Motor Vehicle Collision Recovery Act!

Nominees for the Biggest Bicycle Advocacy Win of 2016 in Maryland:

  • Dedicated funding for bicycle infrastructure (a $9 million increase in bike/ped funding over next 6 years) in Montgomery County’s budget
  • Montgomery County commits to Vision Zero
  • Prince George’s County Trails Master Plan
  • Silver Spring Circle planning

Councilmember Hans Reimer accepts the award.

Winner: Dedicated funding for bicycle infrastructure in Montgomery County’s budget!

Nominees for the Biggest Bicycle Advocacy Win of 2016 in Virginia:

  • New Transportation Master Plan for Alexandria
  • Passage of the dooring bill that made dooring illegal in Virginia
  • Bikeshare expansion to Reston and Tysons in Fairfax County

Winner: Passage of the dooring bill that made dooring illegal in Virginia!

Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners of the Bicyclists’ Choice Awards.

We are pleased to announce and honor the winners of the WABA Awards:

WABA Advocate of the Year Award: Chris Slatt, Chair of the Arlington County Transportation Commission and WABA’s Arlington Action Committee

Chris Slatt receives the Advocate of the Year Award for his dedication and hard work on the transportation commission and the Bike Friendly Ballston campaign. 

Chris Slatt wins Advocate of the Year.

WABA Future Trails Award: Tara Morrison, Superintendent of National Capital Parks-East, National Park Service

Tara Morrison receives the Future Trails Award for championing the Rock Creek Park trail rehabilitation while superintendent of Rock Creek Park.

Tara Morrison wins the Future Trails Award.

WABA Biking for All Award: Jessie Webb, DC Department of Parks and Recreation

Jessie Webb receives the Biking for All Award because of how much he has gone above and beyond to promote bicycling in his community and for being such a positive internal advocate at DPR. Jessie started a youth bike club at the Benning Park Rec Center, sought out additional training as a bike educator and became a League Cycling Instructor, expanded his bike club program to adults, and trained additional DPR staff.

Jessie Webb wins the Biking for All Award.

WABA Protecting Bike Lanes Award: Patricia Shepard, Montgomery County Department of Transportation Engineer

Patricia Shephard receives the Protecting Bike Lanes Award for leading Montgomery County’s efforts on installing protected bike lanes in the County, including the Woodglen and Nebel Street protected bike lane projects.

Pat Shepard wins The Protecting Bike Lanes Award.

WABA Volunteer of the Year Award: Lesly Jones

Lesly Jones receives the Volunteer of the Year Award because year after year, she continues to help and support WABA and our mission to make bicycling better. Lesly is committed to positive bicycling and going above and beyond for WABA

WABA Community Organizer Award: Dustin Scott, Color of Cycling Organizer

Dustin Scott receives the Community Organizer Award for being a shining star within the bike community and organizing the local Color of Cycling rides. This award recognizes your tireless work to bring together people who bike and to build up, strengthen, and grow the DC bike community.

Dustin Scott wins Community Organizer of the year.

WABA Public Leadership Award: DC Councilmember Mary Cheh

Councilmember Mary Cheh receives the award for Public Leadership for championing contributory negligence and for her dedication and support of making bicycling better and safer in the District.  

DC Councilmember Mary Cheh wins the Public Leadership Award.

Tom Sherwood of NBC4 Washington will host the Bicyclists’ Choice Awards

We are excited to announce that Tom Sherwood of NBC4 Washington will host this year’s Washington Area Bicyclists’ Choice Awards on February 28th.

Photo Courtesy of NBC Washington

The Awards will take place at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health on Tuesday, February 28th from 7:30-9:00pm. Anyone is welcome to attend the party and admission is free. There will also be complimentary food from Cava as well as beer and wine. We hope that you will celebrate the people and places that make our region a great place to bike. If you wish to attend, please RSVP for the Awards event here.

It is also the Bicyclists’ Choice Awards and that means that we need YOU to decide the winners. Voting will be open through February 21st. Vote for your favorites here.

Additional information about our annual Bicyclists’ Choice Awards can be found here.

Nominate your favorites!

Nominations for the third Annual Washington Area Bicyclists’ Choice Awards are now open and we want to hear from you:


The Bicyclists’ Choice Awards is WABA’s way of celebrating the people and organizations that are working to make bicycling safer, easier, and more popular. Plus, we just want another excuse to party with you.

We want YOU to tell us who you think is the “Best of the Best” when it comes to biking: the bike lanes, policies, and infrastructure that you love; your favorite shop; your favorite social ride; the bike friendliest business you know, and more.

Nominate your favorites, and RSVP for the Bicyclists’ Choice Awards event, today! You can read more info about the Awards event here.

Nominations will be open through Friday, January 27th. Voting for the winners of the Bicyclists’ Choice Awards will be open from Tuesday, January 31st through Friday, February 17th. Winners will be announced at the event in late February. More details about the exact date and location of the Awards event are coming soon.


Best of WABA Events: 2016

Looking back at 2016, the WABA Events Team wanted to share with you our favorite moments from our signature events of the last year:

February 2016: The Bicyclist Choice Awards and Annual Members Meeting

DDOT Director Leif Dormsjo accepts The WABA Vision Zero award.

WABA staff.

The Awards event is our opportunity to be fancy and to recognize and thank those people who really and truly make a positive difference for bicycling in the region. It was really special this year to have the Director of the District Department of Transportation in attendance to accept an award we gave him. -Michelle

March 2016: The Congressional Ride 

Photo Credit: The League of American Bicyclists

The Congressional Ride is a really unique ride event that WABA organizes as part of the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Summit each year. It’s special because we get to meet bike advocates and bicyclists from all over the country, talk to them about the work WABA is doing in our Nation’s Capital and around the region, and show off some of DC’s best bicycle infastrucutre. Everyone is always so impressed with the bike lanes and protected infrastructure, and they love hearing about our programs, events, and the impact we have on the region. -Michelle

The Vasa Ride

Vasa Ride 2016

The weather machine cooperated and the cloudy skies held their rain for this year’s Vasa Ride. Flowers were in bloom. The breeze was almost warm. The highlight is always the grumbling and tight muscles in the morning as sleepy-eyed riders stretch out their riding legs for the first time all winter, and then the joy, smiles, hugs, and happy conversations had over warm blueberry soup at the end of the ride inside the absolutely gorgeous House of Sweden. -Michelle 

May 2016: Bike to Work Day

Photo Credit: John Pickett

What’s not to love about Bike to Work Day? The ENTIRE WABA staff and board unite to go spread the bike love. This year, WABA had a presence at a record number of pit stops for us: 26 different pit stops! We mobilized 31 WABA captains and 112 volunteers to get out there super early on a Friday morning and talk to people about better bicycling. So much sunshine. So much coffee. So many bagels. And so many bicycle-induced smiles and high fives. -Michelle

Tour de Fat

DC celebrity spotting! Local bicycle advice columnist Gear Prudence for City Paper came out to support WABA.

Just look at those lines!

I was a bit terrified when Tour de Fat rolled around this year because there was rain in the forecast — LOTS of rain. But, to my delight, people still came out to celebrate and drink beer and ride bikes in the rain! I couldn’t believe it and I am SO grateful that the #bikedc community is so supportive of the work we do. -Michelle 

June 2016: Bike to Work AGAIN Day

Bike to Work Again Day + beer!

We loved Bike to Work Day so much this year that we decided to celebrate it again a month later! With three “pit stops” at local bars and restaurants in Arlington, Bethesda, and the District, we hung out with bike commuters on their way home and talked about our favorite subject: bikes! -Nick

July 2016: Bike to the Pools Ride

Cooling off at a splash park right off the Marvin Gaye Trail!

The Washington area gets pretty hot in July, so we decided that we’d combine two things we all love to do: biking and swimming! (And a bit of splashing.) We rode our bikes from the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens along the Marvin Gaye Trail, stopped at a splash park, hopped on our bikes again, and finished the ride at the Deanwood Pool. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon! -Nick

August 2016: Open Streets Community Organizing

Petworth residents, ANC commissioners, and community leaders came together to help guide us in planning a community wide event in their neighborhood that will have a positive lasting impact, promote community building, and bring neighbors together.

This entire year we have been working to bring an open street event to DC, where a roadway is temporary closed to vehicles so it can be opened up to the people to walk, bike, dance, and play in the middle of the street. We are lucky to have the support of the DC Office of Planning in this effort and received a substantial grant for this project from the agency. It’s a big undertaking, and we still have a lot of work to do, but we’re excited for the connections and relationships we’ve begun to build with Petworth and city officials, and can’t wait to continue work in 2017 to bring DC its first open streets program. -Michelle

September 2016: The 50 States & 13 Colonies Ride

Photo credit: Chuck Cage

Years of tinkering with WABA’s weather machine to let up on the rain finally paid off, but someone forgot to adjust the temperature… it was HOT! Despite the heat, we welcomed our biggest crowd yet—700 registrants—to a fun and challenging ride throughout DC’s 8 Wards. This year, we hosted riders from California, Alabama, Texas, Ohio, and many other far-flung places! -Nick

October 2016: WABA in the Wild Overnight C&O Tour

In a matter of days, the 11 strangers who came together for WABA in the Wild became fast friends.

Everyone celebrated in the warm autumn sunshine at mile marker 0 in Georgetown at the end of the ride.

WABA in the Wild was the highlight of my year for sure. It was a feat of an event to pull off: the first time WABA has ever done an original peer-to-peer fundraising event, the first time we’ve ever done a multi-day bike tour, the first time we’ve ever organized a group camping trip. But we pulled it off and it was a tremendous success. We bicycled through rain and mud with smile on our faces. We saw beauty in the trees along the canal and the shimmering sunshine on the Potomac. There was whiskey, laughter, games, camaraderie, and so. many. snacks. And we can’t wait to do it again with more people in 2017! -Michelle

November 2016: The Cider Ride

Photo credit: Mr.TinDC

This year’s Cider Ride was the biggest ever, with over 700 people riding their bikes along the beautiful trails and farm roads of Prince George’s county, the Patuxent Research Refuge, and the new (and old) sections of the Anacostia River Trail. Riders also helped to advance our campaign to finish the Rhode Island Avenue Trolley Trail in Hyattsville — we collected over 300 signatures at an advocacy pit stop along the course! -Nick

December 2016: The Holiday Party

Many, many bikes outside Boundary Stone for the WABA Holiday Party. Photo credit: Jeremiah Lowery

One of our ‘accomplishments scrapboards’ from the party

We hosted our year-end Holiday Party at Boundary Stone and had an awesome time chatting with members about all the things we accomplished together in 2016 and what we’re looking forward to working on in 2017. It was great to hang out with so many of our members and enjoy some holiday cheer! -Nick

We hope you enjoyed being part of the bike community as much as we did this year. Happy New Year and here’s to more awesome WABA events — and a few awesome event surprises — in 2017!


WABA Events Team

You’re invited: WABA Member Holiday Party!

When: Wednesday, December 14th from 6:00-10:00pm

Where: Boundary Stone, 116 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC

Who: WABA Members and your family and friends

RSVP: Join the Holiday Party event on Facebook and invite your WABA friends

All WABA members are invited to join the WABA Staff, Board of Directors, and your fellow WABA Members on Wednesday, December 14th at Boundary Stone in DC’s Bloomingdale neighborhood for an evening of bicycle cheer.

Come eat and drink and be merry with us in celebration of this year’s advocacy successes and mingle with fellow WABA members.

The party is free and there will be food and drink specials available for you to purchase at the bar.

*Please note this party is for WABA Members and their close friends and family. WABA is a member supported non-profit organization and your yearly membership dues fund our ongoing advocacy and outreach work. If you have friends that are not WABA Members, bring them and encourage them to become a WABA member at the party!*

Thank you EYA!


WABA would like to give a great big bicycle thank you to EYA for their support of better bicycling, their title sponsorship of The 2016 Cider Ride, and for bringing out an awesome EYA team to ride along with us last weekend on the Cider Ride.

EYA is WABA’s biggest signature ride event supporter. As the Title Sponsor of our fall community ride event for 2016, 2017, and 2018, EYA is making it possible for WABA to hold ride events that not only bring people together to celebrate bicycling, but also raise support for our on-going advocacy efforts to make bicycling better. EYA is a regional developer with a focus on bicycle and pedestrian friendly urban homes and communities.

Since 1992, EYA has earned recognition for introducing innovative and thoughtfully designed new homes in DC metro area neighborhoods that offer life within walking distance. They share a lot of common goals with WABA members to reduce dependence on cars and encourage new opportunities for more sustainable living.

Thank you so much EYA!




WABA in the Wild was AWESOME!

A few weeks ago, we held our very first WABA in the Wild, a three and a half day bike tour and camping trip from Cumberland, Maryland at one end of the C&O Canal Trail to Georgetown, Washington, DC at the other end of the C&O Canal Trail.

Riders in Cumberland

A wet but happy start in Cumberland, MD

Simply put, WABA in the Wild was epic.

Take a look at the adventure below and read on to hear what a few ride participants had to say about their experience. Plus, this event was a peer-to-peer fundraiser ride that raised almost $14,000 for WABA! A huge thank you and props to all of our WABA in the Wild riders.

Here’s what people said about the trip:

Waba in the Wild was an incredible experience for more reasons than I even anticipated.The ride itself was an extraordinary immersion in nature and cycling all day; the WABA crew was amazingly hospitable and thought every detail through, allowing us to just ride, make friends and marvel at the scenery; and I got to try a short bike tour with all the logistics taken care of- and instead of paying a tour company, I got to raise money for an organization that directly makes me safer and happier on my bike.

I’m so happy WABA decided to organize this trip because I’ve wanted to bike the entire C&O canal for years but was having trouble with logistics. WABA arranged everything seamlessly and gave me the opportunity to do this not just for myself and my own achievement but also to raise money to support making biking safer. I learned so much about what I can do in my community, it was so inspiring!

Favorite parts of the event for me were the camaraderie and moments to ride and chat with both the riders and the WABA crew; Camping, campfire and camp meals; Learning more about the WABA mission and goals. Lastly, being completely consumed in the event from start to finish.

I am still basking in the WABA in the Wild afterglow! I’ll start by expressing my appreciation for the way you handled the logistics for this event. The guidance you provided in advance of the trip from fundraising through packing lists and daily schedules were thorough and immensely helpful. I felt a part of the WABA team in reaching the goals and from wheels up at Walter Pierce Park I also felt that friendships were formed among the WABA crew and all of the riders. I feel a connection to everyone who participated. There are many challenges presented in riding and camping the C&0 canal. Conditioning, hydration, nutrition, recovery are all a part of what each rider has to do. WABA injected massive amounts of fun into every aspect of this adventure. I truly felt like i was being taken care of throughout. WABA in the Wild was a memorable experience. Thank you!

Interested in WABA in the Wild 2017?!

Like what you hear? Are you up for the challenge? Join us for WABA in the Wild in 2017!

If you’d like to be the first to know about when information and adventure dates are available for the 2017 event, and to find out when registration opens, sign up for the WABA in the Wild C&O Canal Tour interest email list here.

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!


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.


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.


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!