Legislative and Policy Work
- Wrote and led passage of HB 1045 – Neighborhood Safe Streets Bill (2013). This legislation removes barriers for cities and towns across Washington to create safer streets by lowering neighborhood speeds to 20 miles per hour.
- Protected $4.5 million in Safe Routes to School in the 2013-15 state transportation budget.
- Amended SB 5263 to require motorcycles overtaking people walking and biking must pass with a minimum 3 feet of separation.
- Lobbied for $10 million in state trail investments to projects in Spokane, Anacortes, Redmond, Tacoma, and other cities across Washington.
- Protected $7.2 million in federal Safe Routes to School funding in 2012.
- Lead bike advocacy organization for the state of Washington in working with national organizational partners on implementation of MAP-21, the federal transportation bill adopted in 2012.
- Passed HB 1129, which incorporates teaching motorists how to drive safely around bicyclists and pedestrians in Traffic School curriculum.
- Helped pass ESHB 1071, a bill that establishes a Complete Streets grant program under Washington State Department of Transportation. Washington Bikes continues to lobby to fund this grant program.
- Leading lobbyist in the passage of SB 6345 – the Text.Talk.Ticket Bill. This legislation makes texting and handheld cell phone use while driving a primary offense in Washington state.
- Worked with then-Rep. Ed Murray to provide $1 million in funding for the first Washington state Safe Routes to School pilot program in 2004. Successful work in subsequent years to protect and expand state investments.
- Worked with five South King County school districts to implement comprehensive Safe Routes to School programs.
- Trained teachers in 31 school districts across Washington State how to instruct students on safe biking and walking skills.
- Provided Safe Routes to School community trainings in Spokane and Ephrata.
- Go by Bike, a pilot program designed to bring bicycle safety education to college students, was launched in 2011 with outreach to partnering community colleges in the Puget Sound region. Over 2/3 of students in the program at four schools have been women–the inverse of the national averages in gender split for bicycling.
- Printed and distributed Share the Road tips flyers for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians and a pocket guide to Washington state bike laws.
- Meetings with advocates held in communities around the state every year to meet with bicyclists, discuss statewide priorities for better bicycling, and listen to what’s on the minds of cyclists around the state.
- Co-sponsored and participated in a series of Complete Streets workshops in Spokane, Mount Vernon, and Tacoma.
- Over 5000 Share the Road license plates sold.
- Thousands of followers on Facebook and Twitter who share and engage with our posts on bike events, projects, trails, groups, policy issues, and more from around the state.
- Storefront office in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square serves as bike information center with bike maps from around the state, safety education materials, and friendly staff to answer questions and provide guidance.
See Timeline for additional accomplishments.