Cascade election results

We’re excited to share the wonderful news that Cascade Members voted overwhelmingly in favor of bylaws changes that make Cascade Bicycle Club more inclusive, more efficient, more powerful and better able to serve the community. Cascade Bicycle Club will be the name of the 501(c)(3) tax-deductible wing, focused on education, diversity and inclusion programs, most of the signature events and advocacy work. The Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation and its work are now incorporated into Cascade Bicycle Club. Washington Bikes, which became the name of the 501(c)(4) after the merger, will address statewide policy and outreach, selected statewide events and activities, and candidate endorsements.

There were 855 unique Cascade Member responses, and a whopping 90.6 percent approved the bylaws changes. Thanks to you and your efforts, Cascade has grown tremendously in the past decade, and the structure realignment will help us better serve our increased reach, membership and programs. Furthermore, these changes will make it much simpler to run the organization.

Due to these changes and the recent merger, all donations to Cascade Bicycle Club (including most of your membership fee) beginning Jan. 1, 2016 will be tax-deductible. Donations can also be directly made to Washington Bikes to support our work in statewide policy and outreach and candidate endorsements. (These are not tax-deductible, but are greatly appreciated.)

Cascade Members also voted in five members to the Cascade Bicycle Club Board of Directors, including incumbents Haley Keller (Woods) and Sandi Navarro, and new Board Members Kevin McDonald, Bill Montero and Tamara Schmautz. Please join us in congratulating our new and returning board members!

We’re excited for the future with a more stable and flexible framework that lets members and staff continue what they do best: improving lives through bicycling.