Introducing Signal Financial Credit Union, a Leadership Level 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 sustainable future of our region and are adding their voice to a growing number of bicycle-friendly businesses supporting WABA. Today meet Signal Financial Credit Union.

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Did you know that if you “Bike with WABA, you can Bank with Signal?”

We are happy to partner with Signal Financial Federal Credit Union, one of the largest Metro area credit unions since 1947.

Just like physical fitness, financial fitness is a lifetime commitment that offers great long-term rewards. When your finances are in order, the rest of your life can seem manageable. On the other hand, when your finances are not secure, it can make life seem overwhelming. Signal Financial’s priority is to help members reach their financial goals by providing them with the tools and information they need to make smart and successful financial decisions. The earlier you start the better!

Signal Financial offers a wide rage of products, including checking and savings accounts, credit and debit cards, IRAs, money market accounts, share certificates, consumer and mortgage loans, mutual funds, and electronic services, such as online banking, remote deposit and mobile apps.

With over $360 million in assets, Signal Financial serves over 26,000 members, encompassing more than 250 small to medium-sized select employer groups, members of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, as well as individuals who live, work, worship or attend school in DC or in Prince George’s County, MD (inside the beltway).

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To show their support for our mission and bicyclists throughout the region, Signal offers FREE credit union membership for all WABA members, and they promote biking in and around all their branches.

They have eight full-service branches, including three in DC: the Columbia Heights Branch at 1400 Irving St. NW, the Capitol Hill Branch at 1391 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, and the CityCenterDC Branch at 1201 New York Avenue NW. For a complete list, go to www.sfonline.org.

Discover Signal today!

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Introducing the Crystal City Business Improvement District, a Leadership Level 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 sustainable future of our region and are adding their voice to a growing number of bicycle-friendly businesses supporting WABA. Today meet the Crystal City Business Improvement District.

If you follow regional bicycle events, then you are most certainly familiar with the bike-friendly accolades of today’s Leadership Level WABA Business Member, the Crystal City Business Improvement District.

Crystal City is well known as the host of the Air Force Association Cycling Classic, Wednesday Night Spins, and multiple iterations of the Phoenix Bikes annual fundraiser. They’ve challenged the region to make cycling to work a habit with Bike to Work Week where a number of lucky riders ride away with great biking gear – pretty sure you’ve seen some of their colorful jerseys, jackets, helmets, or commuter bags on the trails. The Crystal City BID also sponsors weekly pop-up bicycle repair with District Wrench, brought the region’s first and only bicycle product vending machine and Fix-It Station combo, and was a key player in the roll out of Capital Bikeshare in 2010.

But perhaps most importantly, Crystal City is exceptionally bicycle friendly with incredible regional trail access and a rapidly growing collection of protected bicycle ways to create an interconnected network. Regional trail access combined with an unparalleled ability to park and ride (free parking available after 4pm every day and all-day on weekends) plus dozens of destinations to grab a post-ride bite or beverage make Crystal City the perfect place to start your recreational, fitness, or sightseeing bicycle ride. Here are some of the Crystal City BID’s favorites:

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Trail Rides

Arlington Loop Ride (17 Miles)

The Arlington Loop is the official name of Arlington’s “bicycle beltway.” The continuous 17-mile loop consisting of the Mount Vernon, Four Mile Run, W&OD, and the Custis Trails offers riders with a great fitness and recreational ride that connects all of Arlington’s urban villages.

Old Town Ride (4.3 Miles – One-Way)

With its historic charm, beautiful waterfront parks, and boutique shopping, Old Town Alexandria is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Avoid traffic, the hassle of parking, and the long walk from Metro by utilizing easy two-wheeled transportation. The Mount Vernon Trail takes you directly to the heart of Old Town and all its offerings.

Mount Vernon Ride (14.8 Miles – One-Way)

Paralleling the Potomac River, enjoy spectacular river vistas along the Mount Vernon Trail on the way to George Washington’s famous estate. Learn more and plan your actual visit at http://www.mountvernon.org/

National Harbor Ride (8.7 Miles – One-Way)

Take advantage of the completed Woodrow Wilson Bridge project’s addition of a dedicated bicycle path across the Potomac. The new pathway takes you directly to the heart of Prince Georges County’s new downtown neighborhood, National Harbor offering an eclectic mix of shopping, entertainment and dining options.

Leesburg Ride (38.3 Miles – One-Way)

Escape from the bustle of the city by riding out to historic Leesburg via the W&OD Trail. Given the proximity to the W&OD Trail, many of the downtown Leesburg businesses and Lodgings cater specifically to cycling market making for the perfect overnight getaway that will make you feel miles away!

Purceville Ride (48.6 Miles – One-Way)

As the terminus of the W&OD trail, the Purceville Ride is often seen as a must-do for area cyclists. Although it is possible to fit into a single day’s ride, the Purceville Ride provides the perfect opportunity for an overnight trip.

Harpers Ferry Ride (66.4 Miles – One-Way) A touch over a single day’s round trip ride, a trip to Harpers Ferry offers a challenging but worthwhile overnight excursion. Traveling along the historic C&O canal, you’ll be treated with views of the historic C&O canal, a number of lockhouses (some of which offer overnight accommodations through the National Park Service), and a serene natural setting. Plan a tour of Harpers Ferry by visiting the National Park Service website.

DC Site Seeing Rides

Branches of Government Ride (13.6 Miles)

Brush up on your civics lessons from the seat of your bicycle with this casual Branches of Government Ride. The ride visits the home of each branch of the U.S. Government – the U.S. Capitol (Legislative), the Supreme Court (Judicial), and the White House (Executive).

Monuments Ride (8.6 Miles)

The National Mall is deceptively large and hitting all of the sites by foot can be exhausting. Turns out, the best way to fit it all in is on two-wheels! Catch all of the highlights including Thomas Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Reflecting Pool, the Washington Monument, the WWII Memorial, and the newest addition to the Monumental Corps, the MLK Memorial with this easily ridden Monuments Ride.

Nationals Park Ride (5.3 Miles – One-Way)

Avoid ballgame traffic and get to and from Nationals Park by bike! This quick ride is a piece of cake with the park offering tons of bicycle parking for two-wheeled ticketholders.

Fitness Rides

East Potomac Park Fitness Ride (9 Miles, Each additional Haines Point loop is 3.2 miles)

A favorite of competitive cyclists and triathletes, the East Potomac Park Fitness Ride takes advantage of a low speed and low trafficked loop around Haines Point with beautiful river views along the Potomac. From Crystal City, the ride (including one Haines Point Loop) is approximately 9 miles. You can then add additional mileage by completing additional loops, each of which adds another 3.2 miles.

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Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? For just $300 or $800 per year, you can 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.

Introducing Excella Consulting, a WABA 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 sustainable future of our region and are adding their voice to a growing number of bicycle-friendly businesses supporting WABA. Today meet Excella Consulting.

Excella Consulting is a technology consulting firm based in Arlington, VA, but with strong community roots all over the Washington, DC region. Their ability to transform big problems into lasting solutions through technology stems from their team of everyday superstars and great office culture. Excella employees can expect fun perks like an in-house award-winning Rock n’ Roll band, monthly catered lunches, and, of course, bike commuting incentives. They are actively recruiting smart, talented individuals, so if Excella sounds like a good fit for you get in touch!

Partner David Neumann has been riding, commuting, and racing on bikes for 30 years, and has led Excella in supporting the bicycling community on many fronts since 2011, when it became a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Business and Corporate Member of the League of American Bicyclists. Excella also sponsors the Veloworks-Spokes, Etc racing team. We are excited to have such a strong part of the biking community become a WABA Business Member and lend its support in making the DC area better for anyone riding a bike.

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Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? For just $300 or $800 per year, you can 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.

 

Introducing DC Cycling Concierge, a WABA 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 sustainable future of our region and are adding their voice to a growing number of bicycle-friendly businesses supporting WABA. Today meet DC Cycling Concierge.

We all know bikes are the best way to explore DC and the region. Now there is a new business offering fully customized and guided rides to make this safe, easy and fun for visitors or anyone who wants a personal cycling assistant. DC Cycling Concierge is WABA’s newest Business Member, and is the venture of longtime local and national advocate Jeff Miller, former CEO of the Alliance for Biking & Walking and longtime WABA Member.

In the words of Jeff himself, “Cycling is my passion. DC is my city. Becoming the DC Cycling Concierge is not just a new business — it’s an extension of my life’s work to share the benefits and joys of bicycling.”

“Your Ride, Your Pace” is his motto. Want to go for a 30 or 40 mile road ride? Great! Whether it is for training or to just get in some fun miles and hit a coffee shop, your ride can be customized to meet your goals. Or maybe you want to do something completely different. Rides around the major landmarks or some of the lesser-known sites around DC are just as easy to arrange. For instance Jeff’s Rising Tides of DC Tour flows around well-known landmarks that were once waterways or that are flood prone.

And while his initial focus is on recreation and fitness rides, Jeff is also happy to help new commuters who want a little extra assistance. He provides a free consultation to make certain folks know about all the great resources that WABA and others already have. If a bicyclist wants to have some help planning the best route and a partner to ride with them the first couple of times, DC Cycling Concierge can help.

Take advantage of Jeff’s decades of experience cycling across more than 20 countries around the world, as well as through every corner of DC, to create the perfect customized ride for you and your family or friends.

Find out more at dccyclingconcierge.com!

Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? For just $300 or $800 per year, you can 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.

Introducing Dero, a Leadership Level 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 sustainable future of our region and are adding their voice to a growing number of bicycle-friendly businesses supporting WABA. Today meet Dero.

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For the first presidential inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009, Dero partnered with WABA and DDOT to offer one of the largest, single-day bike valets in the country, with over 2,000 bicyclists taking advantage of this WABA initiative. Dero is proud to continue to support WABA’s vision of a more bicycle-friendly Washington, DC metro area.

Dero has been providing bike parking in Washington, DC for years. You may have used one of their bike racks without even knowing it. A few of their fun custom racks are in the heart of DC: Filter Coffeehouse’s French press and coffee cup, Right Proper Brewery’s logo hoops, and Dupont Circle’s “bike here” near the Metro station. We also love Fairfax County’s Silver Line Garage bike parking and American University’s Dero Fixit public bike repair stations on campus.

Each year Dero staff from their Minneapolis headquarters head to the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Summit in DC. Over the years, it has become clear that the DC area is embracing bicycling with investments, such as Capital Bike Share, and bike lanes and trails connecting its cities and landmarks.

In 2014, Dero opened a DC office to support this explosive growth in bicycling. With a local presence, they can now connect with local advocates, contractors, architects, developers, and consultants to assist in providing high quality bike parking throughout the region. Dero’s bike parking expertise encompasses local city zoning requirements and architectural needs, such as free CAD layouts. They also have a free pocket guide for best practices for bike parking.

Since 1995, Dero has been supplying innovative bike parking and bike transit solutions to architects, contractors, municipalities, and higher education campuses amongst many others. Their bike racks, repair stands, air pumps, shelters, and bike lockers are made from high quality American-made steel. With over 20 years of bike parking experience, Dero engineers have thoughtfully designed and perfected secure bike parking using the shared experiences and input of everyday bicyclists. Dero’s dedication to high quality bike parking stems from their employees’ enthusiasm for bikes. Dero is proud to support bicycle advocacy locally and nationally.

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Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? For just $300 or $800 per year, you can 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.

Introducing Toole Design Group, a Leadership Level 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 sustainable future of our region and are adding their voice to a growing number of bicycle-friendly businesses supporting WABA. Today meet Toole Design Group.

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Many of you around the Washington, DC area may already be familiar with Toole Design Group. While they are now a fast-growing company with ten offices around the country, their roots and headquarters are in Silver Spring, Maryland.

We introduced Toole Design Group last year when they became one of the first businesses to join WABA’s Business Member Program – and now we’re proud to welcome them as a Leadership Level Business Member. Toole’s impact can be seen all over the streets of the Washington region. They were instrumental in Washington, DC’s Bicycle Master Plan in 2005, in creating the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, designing the Woodglen Cycle Track, one of the country’s first suburban cycle tracks, and ​their work continues to make difference all over the area.

Toole is also well known for developing and implementing guidelines for bicycle and pedestrian facilities around the country. They are creating the next edition of the Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials which will be the standard reference guide for the development of bike facilities around the U.S.

No one wants to ride on bike facilities designed by people who won’t use them themselves and the designers at Toole certainly keep the rubber on the road. They came in first place for mid-size workplaces for the National Bike Challenge – their 63 riders have ridden nearly 44,000 miles with 76% of their trips for transportation purposes.

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Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? For just $300 or $800 per year, you can 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.

 

Introducing The Center For Plastic Surgery, A WABA 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 sustainable future of our region and are adding their voice to a growing number of bicycle-friendly businesses supporting WABA. Today meet The Center For Plastic Surgery.

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Located in both Chevy Chase, MD and Annandale, VA The Center for Plastic Surgery (CPS) is a multi-doctor plastic surgery practice that has provided Washington D.C. area patients with safe and successful plastic surgery and non-surgical aesthetic services for decades. With a unique approach to plastic surgery, CPS strives to provide patients with thoughtful, caring, and comprehensive patient care. The surgeons and staff at CPS are committed to providing patients with the latest in safe, clinically proven minimally invasive and non-surgical technologies and treatments.

The CPS recently welcomed two new surgeons to the practice, James R. Bruno, MD, FACS & C. Coleman Brown MD, FACS.  Looking to check out treatments for the first time? Check out their seasonal September specials, like 20% off laser hair removal packages, a luxury HydraFacial® for $175, and more!

With two practice locations, the surgeons and staff at CPS often find themselves bouncing back and forth between Chevy Chase and Annandale which inspired them to create the best bike route between their centers.

They put together a fun, heart-pumping 90-minute bike ride filled with great local sights as well as places to refuel and hydrate. Click here to see the Ultimate CPS Bike Route, give it a try, and enjoy the trails, bike lanes, and great D.C. businesses along the way.

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Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? For just $300 or $800 per year, you can 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.

Introducing The Strong Law Firm, a WABA Business Member

We’ve recently introduced you to our business membership programWe debuted the program in 2012 and are steadily signing up new business members in 2014. As part of the program, we’d like to introduce you to some of our business members. Today, meet The Strong Law Firm

The Strong Law Firm is a law firm located in Falls Church, Virginia specializing in all types of personal injury law, safety violations, and bankruptcy law. The Strong Law Firm is headed by Michael Strong, a long time WABA Member and supporter. The firm also offers representation for bicyclists who have been injured in accidents.

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Michael Strong, Principal attorney at The Strong Law Firm

The Strong Law Firm was one of our first business members when we started the program over a year ago and they were quick to renew their membership this year! We are happy to count The Strong Law Firm as a business member.

Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? For just $300 or $800 per year, you can 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.

Introducing KGP Design Studio, a WABA Business Member

We’ve recently introduced you to our business membership programWe debuted the program in 2012 and are steadily signing up new business members in 2014. As part of the program, we’d like to introduce you to some of our business members. Today, meet KGP Design Studio KGP Design Studio is a design firm based in DC that specializes in urban design, architecture and transit. You may recognize their work at the bikestation outside of Union Station. They also design structures around the United State and the world, with offices is Hawaii and the Philippines. They have designed bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure from DC and Baltimore to Pittsburgh all the way to the Netherlands.

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The Bikestation at Union Station. Designed by KGP Design Studio.

 

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The inside of the bikestation provides ample space for bike storage.

Two of KGP’s principal designers, William Gallagher and Donald Paine, are long-time WABA supporters. Many of the employees at KGP ride to work as well.   In an interview with Greater Greater Washington Donald Paine talked about the firms commitment to building greener more bike friendly cities saying, “Smart growth isn’t just an economic thing. A walkable and bikeable city is a safer city. It’s a less congested city. It’s a more pleasant city. It’s a healthier city.” We are happy to count KGP Design Studio as a business member. Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? For just $300 or $800 per year, you can 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.

Introducing Alex Khachaturian – Slate Properties, a WABA Business Member

We’ve recently introduced you to our business membership programWe debuted the program in 2012 and are steadily signing up new business members in 2014. As part of the program, we’d like to introduce you to some of our business members. Today, meet Alex Khachaturian

Alex Khachaturian is a real estate broker with Slate Properties – a full service real estate brokerage, property management, and development firm in the District.  Having grown up working in real estate, as part of his family’s business, Alex has a wealth of experience in residential rentals, sales, and development. What further distinguishes Alex is his background as an attorney at a major law firm and at a U.S. financial regulator.  You can also follow his listings on Twitter.

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An avid cyclist, Alex regularly commutes by bike and offers “alternative” showing opportunities by bike.  He has competed in various cycling events in the DMV area, highlighted by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 100-mile fundraising ride.

He was introduced to WABA because he was impressed with our involvement in adding and improving bike lanes throughout various parts of the city – including the lanes on M Street leading to Georgetown. Alex was also a volunteer, sponsor and valuable fundraiser for the Columbia Heights Pit Stop at this year’s Bike To Work Day event.  He is committed to further improving bike transportation around the District. We are happy to count Alex as a business member!

Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? For just $300 or $800 per year, you can 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.