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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 … Continue reading

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Cascade Bicycle Club and WA Bikes merge, form nation’s largest statewide bike advocacy organization

Washington State now has the largest statewide advocacy organization in the nation. The Boards of Cascade Bicycle Club and Washington Bikes voted Tuesday to merge the two organizations, following months of negotiations and member outreach by both groups (see our … Continue reading

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WA Bikes/Cascade merger still on track

Work to combine Cascade Bicycle Club and Washington Bikes is still on track and moving forward, according to a WA Bikes update. We reported on the proposed merger back in August, and both organizations’ boards have since adopted a nonbinding … Continue reading

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WA Bikes and Cascade Bicycle Club considering merger

Washington Bikes may dissolve its current organization and join forces with a restructured Cascade Bicycle Club by the end of the year. Under the initial plan for combining organizations, “relevant” WA Bikes staff would join the newly reworked organization and … Continue reading

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WA transportation ‘compromise’ spends billions on highways, ransoms transit but keeps most bike/walk funding

UPDATE 12:10p 7/1: Publicola reports that the revenue portion of the transportation package is headed to Governor Inslee. That includes ST3 authorization and an 11.9 cent gas tax. However, other bills that make up the transportation package, including appropriations for … Continue reading

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Do conventional road designs put Americans who walk or bike at risk? Rep. Larsen requests Federal study

US Representative Rick Larsen has teamed up with two other members of the US House to look into whether American conventional road engineering standards are putting people who bike and walk at disproportionate risk (spoiler: Yes). Specifically, Larsen (WA-2, much … Continue reading

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Poll: Nearly every resident wants safe routes to Washington schools

If you think it’s a bad idea to make walking and biking routes around schools in Washington State safer, congratulations! You are a rare find. A statewide phone poll commissioned by the Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition found that a nearly … Continue reading

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Failed transportation revenue package puts statewide bike funding at risk

On March 13, the Washington State Legislature adjourned with the passage of an 11th-hour supplemental spending plan. The supplemental budget maintains the status quo for statewide bicycle and pedestrian funding for the remainder of this biennium. But, thanks in large … Continue reading

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Supreme Court decision could impact several WA trails, but most should be safe

The US Supreme Court handed down a nearly-unanimous decision this week that could spell trouble for some Washington State rail-trails, including parts of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail and the Foothills Trail. But contrary to some early reports, the reach … Continue reading

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Washington becomes first state to endorse the NACTO Urban Street Design Guide

Washington State is the first state to officially back the NACTO Urban Street Design Guide, which provides best practice guidelines for designing complete streets that consider the needs and benefits of all road users, whether they are walking, biking, driving … Continue reading

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Blake Trask: End days in Olympia – What’s at stake for biking and walking? A lot.

Editor’s Note: Blake has been in Olympia all session working with the legislature to make the state safer and more accessible for people on bikes. In this guest post, he makes the case for why urgent action is needed to … Continue reading

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KUOW discusses the importance of more inviting bike infrastructure

KUOW’s Weekday today discussed the city’s changing focus on more inviting bicycle infrastructure, such as cycle tracks and neighborhood greenways. The segment was excellent (listen online here), and it demonstrated even further how the conversation about biking in Seattle is … Continue reading

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Washington State disproportionaltely underfunds walking and biking

Despite the fact that 13.6 percent of Washington traffic fatalities are people either walking or biking, the state allocates only 0.5 percent of its transportation budget (and 2.7 percent of its federal funds) to walking and biking projects. Seattle has … Continue reading

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Bicycle Alliance announces reformed strategic plan, vision

The Bicycle Alliance of Washington announced their reconfigured strategic plan for 2011-2016, and it’s chock full of citizen biking, safety and a focus on being inclusive. The release of the new plan, which has been in the works since spring … Continue reading

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Bicycle Alliance hires Policy Director, Cascade proposes bylaw revisions

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 … Continue reading

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