As the leadership of the “old” Washington Bikes and Cascade Bicycle Club embarked on a merger, we engaged people from across the state in our planning process for the new Washington Bikes and the new Cascade. Our strategic planning consultants interviewed stakeholders statewide, led focus groups, and held a two-day retreat with members of both boards and staff.
In that process we realigned which organization does what now that Washington Bikes functions as a 501(c)(4) and Cascade operates as a 501(c)(3). To help clarify the new responsibilities we’re highlighting our strategic plan priorities with a series of posts over the next few days. You’re also invited to review the Cascade strategic plan, distributed in October.
Briefly, our strategic priorities are:
- Support the election of bicycle-friendly candidates
- Promote bicycle-friendly policies and investments
- Increase ridership statewide
- Communicate our purpose
This isn’t a plan that’s simply executed by staff. This is a plan that relies on the engagement of individuals and partner organizations across the state. All our work relies on the belief that people who bike make a difference.
- You make a difference when you take action to elect bike-friendly candidates.
- You make a difference when you advocate for better bicycling at the local, state, and federal levels.
- You make a difference when you simply get out and ride — more people on the streets creates more safety for everyone who rides.
- You make a difference when you communicate with your bicycling friends and enlist them to join you in standing up, speaking out, and supporting our work on behalf of better bicycling.
Join us on our journey guided by the vision of Bicycling for All, because people who bike make a difference.