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Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation 

Description

Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation is the charitable arm of Cascade Bicycle Club, a non-profit 501(c)(4) organization with more than 15,800 members. Through bicycling education and advocacy, we are committed to reducing pollution, improving health and strengthening communities across the Puget Sound region. Our programs encourage people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to ride bikes and ensure that they have access to safe, convenient bicycling routes to get where they need to go.

Mission Statement
Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation’s mission is “creating a better community through bicycling.”
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Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation
7400 Sand Point Way NE 
Seattle 
WA
98115-0165 
(206) 522-3222 

Elizabeth Kiker 
Executive Director 

Programs

Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation Programs

Education
Our education programs help kids and families embrace healthy lifestyles. Each year, we teach bicycling skills to 16,000 kids during their P.E. classes, encouraging a lifetime of safe riding. We also work with school districts to create safe routes to schools and run bike-to-school programs for 3,500 kids annually. Through our Major Taylor Project for underserved high-school students, we teach bike-maintenance and riding skills while also fostering life skills like leadership and goal-setting.

Outreach
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.

Policy and planning
When our communities are connected by safe, convenient bicycling routes, more people will ride. By pushing for policies and transportation plans that create safe, livable neighborhoods, our policy and planning programs improve community health and sustainability. We encourage businesses to become bike-friendly workplaces; train city planners to design transportation plans that encourage walking and biking; empower volunteers to become effective advocates; and work with partners across sectors to build broad support for bicycling.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

Recent success
Results of a poll Cascade commissioned in December 2012 showed overwhelming support for safe, convenient bicycling infrastructure among Seattle voters, yet local governments and agencies are lagging behind community support. Harnessing the enthusiasm of our community, we ran a six-week campaign to stop a backroom deal that would have led the City of Seattle and Sound Transit to spend tens of millions of dollars on a 900-stall parking garage at the Northgate Link light rail station. The campaign generated more than 1,000 emails from our constituents, resulting in $20 million for gravely needed bicycle and pedestrian improvements in Northgate and setting a precedent for bicycle and pedestrian access to and around future stations.

Current need
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 four-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!

Evaluation


Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation programs provide education and outreach to encourage safety and skills in bicycle riding.

Proven Success
Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation has expanded their youth programming in recent years and offer camps and after school programs. The first three Major Taylor clubs began in spring 2009 at Global Connections High School in SeaTac, the YES Foundation of White Center, and Bike Works in Columbia City.

This afterschool program aims to reach young people of all bicycling skill levels who have a demonstrated need for increased out-of-school-time activity, mentorship, social support and/or physical activity.

Sustainability
The Club underwrites many of the costs of the Foundation. They are developing a fundraising program for the Foundation to raise funds to support their programs. We are interested in seeing more success with outreach to their members to support the Club and the Foundation and more comprehensive programming.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

DateAmountPurpose
6/10/2014 $40,000.00support general operating expenses.

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