Washington’s largest bicycle advocacy groups have seen some changes in recent months. The Bicycle Alliance of Washington has hired Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board chair Blake Trask as its new Statewide Policy Director:
Currently the chair of the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board, Blake looks forward to turning his transportation focus statewide with his new position. He is excited to draw upon the knowledge and background of the Bicycle Alliance’s Legislative and Statewide Issues Committee and lobbyist Michael Temple on 2012 priorities.
“I’m especially interested in the 20 mile-per-hour bill (HB 1217) and HB 1700, which relates to the design standards as a complement to Complete Streets and better bicycle/pedestrian design,” said Blake. “They tie into my interest in broadening the toolboxes of individual municipalities to make safer streets for all roadway users,” he added.
As the father of a 9-month-old daughter, Blake feels even more inspired to promote safe and accessible transportation options for all Washingtonians. The Bicycle Alliance’s work to implement Safe Routes to School statewide and promote active transportation are priorities for him. Blake believes there are opportunities to improve urban and rural cycling, and to strengthen the link between cycling and economic development. He’s excited to be a part of making these opportunities a reality.
We look forward to Blake pushing to make important changes for bicycle safety in our state.
In order to ensure that your club remains strong, Cascade’s Board of Directors is in the process of revising the club’s bylaws. The bylaws were written for a much smaller club in an age before the internet; procedures that worked then, like bringing the membership together in a room to conduct club business, no longer make sense.
The board is proposing bylaw revisions in three areas:
1) The process for director recall;
2) The terms of board-appointed interim directors; and
3) The quorum required for the board to conduct club business.
You can read the full text of the proposed changes here. Members will be asked to vote on these proposed changes during the October 2011 election; they will appear collectively on the ballot along with this year’s candidates for the board of directors. Ratifying the proposed changes will require a two-thirds majority vote.