- Founded as Northwest Bicycle Foundation (NowBike).
- January: Don Bullard hired as the first Executive Director.
- May: Published first issue of the NowBike Memo, the predecessor to The Advocate newsletter.
- NowBike organized and conducted six effective advocacy workshops in the communities of Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, Wenatchee, Yakima and Vancouver.
- July: Susie Stephens named Executive Director.
- September: Organized the Friends of Burke Gilman Trail.
- Fall: Merged with the Bicycle Federation of Washington and expanded scope of work statewide. Changed name to Northwest Bicycle Federation.
- January: Put forth HB 1984 – Bicycle Safety Education Bill. Did not pass.
- Spring: Led a successful campaign to restore $5 million in the Transportation budget that was diverted away from bicycle projects.
- October: Organized Footprints & Bike Tracks conference, held in Bellevue, for bicycle and pedestrian advocates.
- February: Hosted a meeting for bike clubs and bike advisory boards to discuss legislative issues.
- April: Organized Heels & Wheels Commuter Contest in King County.
- Summer: Executive Director Susie Stephens pedaled to several Washington communities, including Yakima, Ellensburg and Longview, to meet with bike advocates, civic groups and elected officials.
- Provided guidance and organizational assistance to Friends of the East Lake Sammamish Trail.
- March: 250 advocates turned out for our first Bicycle & Transportation Alternatives Lobby Day in Olympia.
- May: Organized the second Heels & Wheels Commuter Contest.
- Summer: Teamed up with Alt-Trans (now Transportation Choices Coalition) to visit 13 Washington communities on the People Smart Transportation Tour.
- March: Cooper Jones Bicycle Pedestrian Safety Education bill signed by Governor Gary Locke. The bill created a bicycle and pedestrian safety education program under the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.
- August: Changed name to Bicycle Alliance of Washington.
- November: Barb Culp named Executive Director
- March: Bicycle Alliance submitted an amicus brief in Pudmaroff v. Allen, arguing that a bicyclist in a crosswalk has the same rights, duties and obligations as a pedestrian. Supreme Court agreed.
- Summer: Worked with DOL to incorporate information about bicycling into the Driver’s Guide.
- December: Bicycle Alliance made a presentation before the House Transportation Committee.
- April: Led the effort to pass SB 5790, strengthening criminal sanctions against motorists whose dangerous driving severely injures others.
- Launched Bike Buddy commuter program.
- Spring/Summer: Worked with local bike groups to organize a series of Pedal with your Politician rides around the state.
- Testified before the Governor’s Taskforce on Reauthorization of TEA-21 and called for Routine Accommodation (now called Complete Streets).
- Successfully opposed an attempt to require registration and licensing of bicycles in Washington.
- Adopted Safe Routes to School as a priority.
- Worked with WSDOT, bike clubs and ride organizers to update policy guidelines for events on state highways.
- Spring: Secured $1 million in WSDOT budget to support a Safe Routes to School demonstration grant.
- Helped with development of Inland Northwest Trails Coalition.
- SR 8693 adopted by the State Senate honoring the life and accomplishments of Susie Stephens
- Legislature approved Share the Road specialty license plate.
- Passed HB 1108, prohibiting passing when cyclists, pedestrians, farm equipment is in view and approaching from opposite direction (Ann Weatherill bill).
- Passage of SB 5186, requiring comprehensive plans to include an inventory of bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
- January: Began managing the Seattle Bikestation facility.
- Successfully opposed a bill that would have prohibited bike trailers on roadways.
- Helped organize Fish Lake Trail Action Group in Spokane.
- June: Gordon Black named Executive Director.
- Co-organized a Safe Routes to School Summit.
- Worked with DOL to incorporate into private Driver’s Ed programs a new curriculum that teaches motorists safe driving habits around bicyclists.
- Washington named #1 Bicycle Friendly State in the US in first year League of American Bicyclists ranks states.
- Passed legislation that requires public school driver’s education programs to incorporate the safe driving around bicyclists and pedestrians module into their curriculum (HB 2564)
- May: Worked with local advocates to launch Bike to Work Week in Spokane (later to become Spokane Bikes).
- Washington named #1 Bicycle Friendly State 2nd year in a row.
- January: Barb Culp returns as ED.
- Passed a bill requiring that all new traffic signals must be able to be triggered by bikes (SB 5482).
- Taught nearly 800 students in Moses Lake, Bainbridge Island and Oak Harbor school districts safe biking/walking skills under a pilot project through OSPI.
- Safe Routes to School program enacted into statute (SHB 1793).
- Washington named #1 Bicycle Friendly State 3rd year in a row.
- Co-sponsored a series of Complete Streets workshops around the state.
- Helped pass a bill that makes texting/handheld cell use a primary offense (HB 2635/SB 6345).
- Reached over 4000 bicyclists through various outreach events around the state.
- Washington named #1 Bicycle Friendly State 4th year in a row.
- Passed legislation that expands teaching drivers how to behave safely around bicyclists and pedestrians to traffic schools (HB 1129).
- Helped pass a bill that created Complete Streets grant program under WSDOT (ESB 1071).
- Trained teachers in 31 school districts how to instruct students on safe biking and walking skills.
- Washington named #1 Bicycle Friendly State 5th year in a row.
- Barb Culp retired.
- August: Barb Chamberlain named Executive Director.
- Washington named #1 Bicycle Friendly State 6th year in a row.
- Passed Neighborhood Safe Streets Bill, empowering cities to lower speed limits to 20mph on residential streets without conducting a traffic engineering study (HB 1045).
- Worked successfully to increase funding for bike/walk projects to an all-time high: over $40 million in the biennial budget.
- November: Changed name to Washington Bikes.
- Washington named #1 Bicycle Friendly State 7th year in a row.
- Achieved designation of USBR10, first US Bicycle Route in the Pacific Northwest and on the West Coast.
- Supported publication of Cycling Sojourner: A Guide to the Best Multi-Day Tours in Washington.
- Washington named #1 Bicycle Friendly State 8th year in a row.
- Washington Bike Summit held March 16-17 in Olympia in conjunction with Transportation Advocacy Day.
- Passed “Dead Red” Bill, giving bicyclists the same rights as drivers and motorcyclists in dealing with faulty traffic signals that do not detect bicycles.
- Achieved all-time high historic levels of investment in biking/walking projects: $500 million included in the 16-year transportation revenue package, record level of trail funding included in capital budget.
- Hosted the National Conference of State Legislatures Bipartisan Bike Ride with colleagues from Bike Texas.
- Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals names executive director Barb Chamberlain its Nonprofit Professional of the Year.