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.
Launched the Capital Trails CoalitionFor more than a year, we’ve doubled down on our trail advocacy efforts in the region. In collaboration with some big partners, we’ve been building a coalition to ensure that a seamless trail network is a regional priority. We finally got to tell the world about it last week! Learn more about how the Capital Trails Coalition is reinvigorating regional trail building at capitaltrailscoalition.org.
Taught thousands of kids and adults to rideThrough Learn to Ride classes, Confident City Cycling classes, and Everyday Biking Seminars held all over the region 1,075 adults learned to ride confidently, legally, and respectfully. On top of that, 2,145 kids learned how to get moving on two wheels, too!
Led a super successful Trail Ranger seasonThroughout the summer months of 2016 our team of Trail Rangers biked 2,276 miles of trail as they removed 223 bags of trash, reported 191 issues, coordinated 187 hours of cleanup, and received about a million thank yous and high fives. Click here to see a full recap!
Passed the Motor Vehicle Collision Recovery ActAfter nearly three years of persistent organizing and advocacy by the WABA community, the DC Council voted unanimously last month to pass the Motor Vehicle Collision Recovery Act to fix contributory negligence! Mayor Bowser joined us last week to sign the bill, and it will soon be the law of the land!
Pulled 1,414 miles with the Arlington PAL Ambassador and DC Bike Ambassador BillboardsThanks to our partnerships with BikeArlington and DDoT and nearly 150 volunteer PAL and DC Bike Ambassadors, we’re shaping the region’s roadway culture. Through trailering, in-person outreach, and streetcorner outreach we’re reminding all road-users to be Predictable, Alert, and Lawful. Find out more about our PAL and DC Bike Ambassadors!
Grew a community of Bike Advocates on Two WheelsEveryone who registers for a WABA Ride Event is a bike advocate. For the first time this year, we were able to expand our events team, add brand new signature events (hello WABA in the Wild and stay tuned for DC’s first ever open streets program in Spring 2017!) and expand the number of spots we have available in our events – that means MORE people have the opportunity to participate in a WABA event, and MORE people have the opportunity to become a bike advocate! So far in 2016, WABA Signature Events have turned 1,635 riders into bike advocates on two wheels!
Advocated for more and better bike infrastructureIn the past six months WABA has led the push for hundreds of new miles of bike lanes, dozens of sections of protected bike lanes (including the first in Prince George’s County), the launch of a newly completed Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, and updates for 3 bike master plans (the documents deciding the fate of our bike infrastructure).
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. 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!
- Click here to check out the benefits of being a WABA Member!
- Join or renew during our Member Drive for just $25 and get a limited edition magnet, or join at the $30 per year or higher and receive our limited edition tote bag.
- Make your voice heard by voting for the slogan that will appear on the tote and the magnet when you renew.
- Current WABA Members can receive our limited edition tote by renewing their membership. We’ll add a year to your current expiration date.
- Annual membership is good for one-calendar year. Auto-renewing memberships are charged on the same date every year and do not expire until payment stops.
- Memberships bought or renewed during the membership drive week include all regular WABA Member Benefits.