Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation Programs
Our education department offers school and community-based programming to encourage and educate people of all ages and abilities to ride safely. Our youth programming includes in-school bicycle safety programs in four school districts, after-school riding clubs, bike to school encouragement as well as summer camps. Focused on fostering livable and connected communities, we provide adult riding and maintenance classes, commute workshops for organizations, and resources to promote healthy transportation.
Our outreach staff attends community events across the region to talk to people about bicycling and encourage them to ride more often. We provide free and low-cost helmets and teach people to share our roads and trails safely. We’re committed to reaching people from diverse backgrounds and spreading the word about opportunities to speak up for safe, connected neighborhoods.
Cascade's advocacy team works to make sure that all who ride a bicycle in the Puget Sound Region have safe, comfortable and convenient places to ride. We work on this goal by focusing in three key areas: (1) educating and empowering community leaders; (2) collaborating with city staff and transportation engineers around bicycle infrastructure design, planning and policy; and (3) informing leaders who will work to fund bicycle infrastructure and create safer streets. Our nationally recognized programs include the Advocacy Leadership Institute and Connect Puget Sound.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
In 2014 the Seattle City Council unanimously passed the updated Bicycle Master Plan, setting the stage for almost 475 miles of all ages and abilities infrastructure across the city. Cascade worked for years to make this a reality and is now focusing on the implementation of the plan. When built out, every household in the city will be within ¼ mile of a safe, comfortable bike facility that connects to neighborhood centers and across the city.
Cascade’s large fundraising rides like the Group Health Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic once provided the bulk of funding for the Education Foundation’s work; however, we have had to double our program staff during the past five years to keep up with the demands of the growing bicycling community. We have successfully grown all of our programs, launched new programs and hired new staff over the past year – all while maintaining a three-month reserve of fixed expenses. But we will not be able to continue meeting community need without support from our growing base of individual donors. During GiveBIG, your gift will go further with help from the Seattle Foundation's stretch pool fund. Thank you for your continued support!