Meet Revel, WABA’s latest Local Leader Business Member!

WABA’s Business Members understand the importance of a community that bicycles. Their membership supports our advocacy, outreach, and education. Our business members are committed to a creating a healthy, more livable region and are adding their voice to a growing number of bicycle-friendly businesses supporting WABA. Today, meet Revel.

At a time when Americans are increasingly moving to cities, safe and reliable urban mobility is a key concern. Cities need to adapt to changes in where people live and work, how land is used, and how they get around — especially in areas not easily accessible from public transit hubs.

Revel is a shared electric vehicle company that helps people who live and work in cities get where they need to go in a safe and reliable way. We offer a convenient transit option focused on decreasing congestion and emissions in all eight of DC’s wards, as well as in New York City and Austin. 

We’re pleased to support WABA’s commitment to building a future for DC that prioritizes safe urban transit and low emissions. At Revel, we seek to work with the communities where we operate. That means partnering with impactful groups like WABA, supporting the city’s aggressive carbon and Vision Zero goals, and actively listening to the community’s feedback.

Our vehicles operate seamlessly within DC’s existing regulatory, transportation, and parking systems. Revels are completely street legal and registered with with DC Department of Motor Vehicles. They are ridden and parked in the street like cars, not impeding the right of way for cyclists in bike lanes or pedestrians on sidewalks. And because Revels are electric and have a maximum speed of 30 miles per hour, they don’t create noise or air pollution.

To use our service, riders download the Revel app and upload driver’s license information so that we can run a safety check. Once cleared, riders are shown a safety video showing how to access the two helmets provided with each moped and how to properly start the vehicle, ride, and park. Through our Revel Access program, we offer a 40 percent discount for riders who qualify for any local or federally administered assistance program, and we also offer a 20 percent discount for active military members and veterans.

Revel’s Lesson Specialists at Open Streets DC in October 2019

Mopeds are popular in virtually every other part of the world because they fill gaps in urban transit systems, especially getting between neighborhoods within cities. We’re proud to be bringing the same solution to DC, and we’re proud to partner with WABA to support safe streets for all DC residents.

Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? Help show your support for a bike-friendly region and WABA’s advocacy and get all sorts of perks, including your very own blog post! Details here.

JUMP’s Boost plan

A message from our friends at JUMP:

A woman rides a JUMP electric bike and a man rides a JUMP electric scooter. They are  both smiling.

Micromobility has helped to serve residents across the DC area and provides transportation access to previously underserved areas. JUMP is excited to partner with the District and with WABA to help grow biking (and scootering!) in the Washington area. 

 JUMP is pleased to offer a low-income and cash payment plans to residents of Alexandria, Arlington, and Washington D.C. The Boost Plan provides affordable daily ride time to individuals that qualify. The plan is $5 a month for unlimited rides up to 30 minutes.

The JUMP Boost Plan is available to anyone currently enrolled in one of the following programs:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP)
  • Residential Aid Discount (RAD) by Pepco
  • Residential Essential Service (RES) by Washington Gas
  • Resident of DC Housing Authority property or enrolled in DCHA’s Housing Choice Voucher Program
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Interested parties can visit JUMP’s website for instructions on how to qualify for the low-income plan and locations where cash payments are accepted via PayNearMe.

Meet Altor Locks, WABA’s latest Local Leader Business Member!

This is a guest post by WABA’s newest Business Member, Altor Locks.

Altor Locks is pleased to mark its arrival on the DC cycling scene by joining WABA as a Local Leader Business Member.

Altor didn’t set up shop in the Washington metro until late in 2017, but the company traces its origins to the area nonetheless. When avid Loudoun County, Virginia cyclist Karen Schaufeld couldn’t find a bike lock that offered the balance of security and portability she was looking for, she joined forces with mechanical engineer Dylan Cato to bring one to market. A 2015 Kickstarter campaign got Altor off the ground, and the company has since offered discerning cyclists worldwide lightweight bike locks that fold small, look sharp, and provide no-joke protection against theft.

Altor’s flagship product is the APEX Ti, a 715-gram beauty (available in six colors!) that combines Grade 5 titanium components with a disc detainer lock mechanism and hardened steel rivet caps to deliver confidence-inspiring bike security in a compact package. An included mount affixes the lock to a bike’s frame for easy transport, and modular design allows multiple locks to be combined for extra reach if necessary. A full-steel version, the APEX STL, just launched.

Altor is based out of Sterling, Virginia, a hop, skip, and a jump from the Washington and Old Dominion Trail. There Altor’s small and dedicated team designs, prototypes, assembles, and packages the locks then shipped to a growing and global customer base.

Our mission at Altor is to make the best bike lock out there, one that not only secures your cherished ride but itself sparks joy. We think that bike locks should not be merely uninspired must-haves, but something to get excited about. To get Washington area cyclists excited about bike security that doesn’t slow you down or cramp your style, we’re offering WABA members 25% off purchases from altorlocks.com. Use code WabaLocks25, and happy cycling!

Meet Tessla Wilson, our new Business Partnerships Coordinator

I am Tessla Wilson and I am the new Business Partnerships Coordinator at WABA!

I was raised by an industrious and extremely hardworking single mother of two. Being that my mother’s time and resources were extremely limited, teaching me to ride a bike was at the very bottom of her list—and in the absence of an older sibling, I was left to my own devices to learn. I spent many years being envious of the freedom that the neighborhood kids enjoyed riding bikes. They were able to explore beyond our street and build friendships that I was unable to join in on due to my lack of mobility on two wheels.  

It wasn’t until thirteen that I turned to the younger kids to teach me to ride. Being that none of them were WABA instructors, I lost a lot of skin (and pride) that day, but eventually succeeded. As my little family grew older, riding bikes became a cherished family past time that allowed us to explore our city together.

My college and early career was shaped by my desire to be an advocate for those who were not afforded the same privilege that I grew to have. It became my mission to not only be a voice for the marginalized but also to take an active part in shaping the future to one of equity and access for all. That same desire brought me to WABA, and I am so excited to work towards WABA’s vision of a healthier region (for both our environment and our bodies) with our local and national business partners! If you own or work for a company that is looking for partnership or sponsorship opportunities, I would love to chat or meet up for coffee. You can reach me at tessla.wilson@waba.org.