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WA Bikes outlines 2016 legislative agenda

’twas the night before Christmas, and all through the web, every single creature was reading about Washington Bikes’ 2016 state legislative priorities. Last year, transportation money was flying all around the state legislature. As usual, it ended with billions for … 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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Breaking through ‘legislative gridlock’: Bipartisan Bike Ride tours Seattle

I called it Congressional Mass. Then someone next to me joked it should be called Legislative Gridlock. But the 150 or so state legislators and I were on bikes, so we actually moved through downtown and around Lake Union quite … Continue reading

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Gov. Inslee saves bike/walk/transit funding, will create carbon cap rather than swallow ‘poison pill’

It was a weird day when biking, walking and (some) transit advocates were arguing against clean fuel standards, but that was the trap political opponents of Governor Jay Inslee set in the state’s new transportation funding laws. A so-called “poison … Continue reading

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King 5: Inslee backed into corner on ‘poison pill’

Governor Jay Inslee was literally backed into a corner in a recent King 5 report, a pertinent visual for the Governor’s tricky position thanks to the “poison pill” provision in the state transportation package that would sacrifice walking and biking … Continue reading

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Gov. Inslee tries to save face on climate change by spending bike/walk money on highways

Governor Jay Inslee dug one hell of a climate change hole by pushing a highway-filled transportation package through the legislature a couple weeks ago. And now he’s trying to save face by digging deeper. The Governor is currently mulling an … 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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WA Bikes: Write legislators to make sure vital bike/walk funding stays in the transpo bill

Did you know the Washington State Legislature is still in session? It is! And they are still working through the details on a 16-year transportation funding package. We’ve already reported on the modest funding for Safe Routes to School and … Continue reading

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For 8th straight year, WA named #1 bike-friendly state

If Washington State were an NBA team, its bike-friendly championship streak would have just tied the 1959–1966 Boston Celtics at eight championships in a row, the longest ever by far. But, of course, a major difference between the League of … Continue reading

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Seattle Children’s leads new WA Bicycle Friendly Businesses

The League of American Bicyclists has announced their newest Bicycle Friendly Business ratings, and Seattle Children’s leads the way in Washington State. And that should come as no surprise to anyone following all the work the hospital has done recently … Continue reading

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WA Transpo Bill Update: ‘Modest’ walk/bike safety boost, UW trail makeover, Eastside bike share + lots of highways

The WA legislature is getting closer to a possible deal on transportation funding, paid for in large part through a raise in the gas tax and raises in various weight fees. As with state spending for the past generation, the … Continue reading

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Governor Inslee signs the ‘Dead Red’ bill into law

It’s official. And Governor Jay Inslee even had a joke to go with it: [email protected] at Dead Red bill signing: "Riding w/@CBC_Olympia yesterday got stuck at a red light, almost took an early executive action." — Washington Bikes (@WAbikes) April … Continue reading

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Only 1 in 4 Safe Routes to School get funding in WA, lawmakers now have chance to fix that

Few issues in Washington are as divisive as transportation funding. But communities big and small all around Washington State all agree on one thing: The streets near and leading to our schools need to be safe. That’s why so many … Continue reading

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#BikeLove Party is in Pioneer Square Thursday (for real this time)

Back in February, we posted about this awesome bike party in Pioneer Square featuring live metalworking art, a bike ride and, of course, beer. But then it got cancelled. Sad face. But while the “love” theme may have made a … Continue reading

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Bipartisan bill to add bicycles to state’s ‘dead red’ law moving through legislature

So you’re biking along, the only person on the road, and you reach a traffic signal. You wait at the light, but it doesn’t seem to know you’re there. The signal detector system is tuned for heavy cars, but not … Continue reading

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Washington bike advocates and professionals will meet in Olympia for 2-day summit

For the first time in a long time, bicycle advocates and transportation professionals from all over the State of Washington will get together in Olympia for a two-day summit to put their heads together and share knowledge and experiences. The … Continue reading

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Study: Recreation cycling in Washington generates $3.1 billion for state’s economy

Biking is good for the state’s economy. It’s one of those ideas that seems fairly obvious, but we haven’t really had much solid data to know exactly how much cycling helps. Until now. It turns out, it helps maybe even … 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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