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WA Bikes endorses Moon for Mayor + more across the region and state

WA Bikes has endorsed Cary Moon for Seattle Mayor.

The politically-active sibling organization to Cascade Bicycle Club released its latest round of 2017 endorsements Tuesday, and Senior Policy Director Blake Trask said the organization will be writing more about their choices over the next week.

The choice of Moon for Mayor puts WA Bikes at odds with Transportation for Washington, who endorsed Jenny Durkan. TFW is the politically-active sibling to Transportation Choices Coalition. TFW is focused primarily on transit, but also includes biking and walking in their mission. The organization had endorsed Jessyn Farrell in the primary. TFW and WA Bikes are on the same page on most their choices, so the Mayor disagreement is notable.

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Seattle Subway, which has endorsed Moon, expressed surprise at the TFW endorsement of Durkan, since their transit-loving members strongly favor Moon.

In Seattle, WA Bikes had already endorsed Teresa Mosqueda and Lorena González for their City Council Positions during the primary and continue to support them in the general election.

Seattle Bike Blog has not yet endorsed a candidate for Mayor or City Council Position 8 (of course you should vote for Lorena Gonzalez for Position 9). Let us know what questions you want Seattle Bike Blog to ask Moon, Durkan, Jon Grant and Teresa Mosqueda in the comments below.

You can also see Moon and Durkan debate their visions for a livable Seattle at the Mayoral Forum on Arts and the Environment noon Monday at KEXP.

The deadline to register to vote online is October 9. Ballots will be mailed October 18. The election is November 7.

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8 responses to “WA Bikes endorses Moon for Mayor + more across the region and state”

  1. Micah

    I would like to know if the mayoral candidates support the street car and the expansion. If they will continue with the expansion, how do they justify the impact on cycling, bus transit and the city budget? What safety measures would they advocate to protect cyclists from the tracks?

  2. westseattleguy

    10 questions I’d love to ask:

    1 – What will your administration do to speed implementation of the bicycle master plan, and what do you think is an acceptable timeline is for completion?
    2 – Do you think it is acceptable for the city to ignore recommendations from the Bicycle Master Plan, as is currently being done with RapidRide implementation on Delridge Way, to preserve on-street parking?
    3 – What is the best example of a piece of Seattle bicycle infrastructure?
    4 – What do you, personally, find scariest or most frustrating when cycling in Seattle?
    5 – Will your administration prioritize Portland-style diverters on neighborhood greenways to reduce cut-through traffic?
    6 – What is more important: the number of miles of bike lanes, or the overall connectivity of the network?
    7 – Do you think sharrows improve safety for cyclists?
    8 – Under what circumstances will your or won’t you close an adjacent general traffic lane to avoid extended closure of a bike lane due to construction?
    9 – What are some of the obstacles you perceive that prevent people from commuting by bike, and what should the city do to help surmount those obstacles?
    10 – What is your stance on the all-ages helmet law?

    1. westseattleguy

      Lots of typos. Embarrassing. Maybe you should also ask something about the quality of the public school system in Seattle. I’m proof of its inadequacy.

  3. Liam

    I wholeheartedly second Micah’s question — this is a pivotal issue for the bike community and the rest of the city alike. I also wouldn’t mind hearing responses to Westseattleguy’s questions 1 and 9.

    I would also like to know what tools, methods, or rhetoric the candidates would use to keep implementation of major bicycle projects from getting stuck in expensive court battles, forced to make expensive settlements, or making compromises to the efficacy of the bicycle infrastructure because of pushback from a vocal or well-funded minority interest.

    For example, what would they have done differently to push through projects such as the “Missing Link”, or avoid settlement costs such as those with Nautical Landing for the Eastlake cycle track? What tools could be used to avoid similar issues in the future?

  4. Matthew Snyder

    Is there a bicycling-focused reason to support Pete Holmes over Scott Lindsay for City Attorney? It doesn’t look like WA Bikes has made available the candidate questionnaires (or at least I can’t find them on the WA Bikes site), so I’m not really sure what the difference between the two candidates is, at least in terms of cycling.

  5. Breadbaker

    I’d like to know as a general matter their positions on how to find a SDOT director, and what to do about gridlock and how it affects cyclists, pedestrians and transit riders. The current administration seems to believe that lengthening light cycles on places like Mercer St. westbound and Fifth Avenue southbound will have a positive impact on “traffic” (which it won’t because volumes are simply too high), while the impact of this on the cross street is that cyclists wait forever (and are tempted to dash between stopped cars, no one’s idea of a safe tactic), while pedestrians can miss their buses and trains waiting through long cycles where no cars, nonetheless, move.

  6. William

    I would like to know what administrative capabilities the candidates have to run the city efficiently. We have 9 council members who can grandstand on whatever they like with little impact but the mayor actually has to build and oversee and administration that gets stuff done. There is little point having a mayor who is pro-bicycles if they are administratively incompetent.

  7. ronp

    I sort of feel on transit, biking, walking, urban design, Moon will be better, but for management overall Durkin will be better. I cannot really decide who to vote for. More research needed…

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