Why Washington Bikes endorses
Washington Bikes endorses electoral candidates at all levels of government. Endorsement and support are given to candidates who commit to or have a record of making communities better for people on bikes — through growing local economies, improving health outcomes, or creating safer streets and roadways. Additionally, Washington Bikes makes endorsements of ballot measures which will benefit Washington communities through bolstering transportation choices, supporting outdoor recreation, and working to safely connect neighborhoods and cities.
Where Washington Bikes endorses
Washington Bikes has identified key regions for engagement in the 2017 electoral season. These regions include: Bellevue, King County, Port Angeles, Sammamish, Seattle metropolitan area, Shoreline, Spokane, Tacoma, Redmond, Vancouver, and Yakima.
Reasons for regional focus:
- Our goal is to build an endorsement program that has strong accountability and follow-through built in, to both the candidate and Washington Bikes. Washington Bikes endorsement process is in its second year, and so it is beneficial to begin in communities where partners who advocate for bicycling already work. Washington Bikes endorsement program will continue to grow as we build statewide relationships and execute plans of engagement while continuing to support and monitor endorsed candidates.
- Races that fall outside of the regions of focus may also be considered.
Following the 2016 merger of Cascade Bicycle Club (becoming a 501(c)(3) organization) and Washington Bikes (emerging as a 501(c)(4) organization), Washington Bikes assumed all endorsements and electoral responsibilities for bicycling statewide.
In our inaugural 2016 round of endorsements, Washington Bikes endorsed: