FAQ about the membership dues increase on January 1, 2018
Why are annual membership dues increasing, and what will you do with the extra funds?
Cascade Bicycle Club constantly evaluates how we can better meet the needs of our community. Cascade membership has increased 44% since 2011, however the revenue received from membership dues only covers the cost to maintain our existing programming. In order to grow and diversify our member offerings, keep pace with inflation, and sustain our efforts to improve lives through bicycling, a modest increase in membership dues is necessary.
Our goals are ambitious. With the extra income in 2018, Cascade will be able to improve our online customer experience by providing necessary digital innovations and upgrades, sustain our production of world-class rides as we navigate the latest bicycling trends, and expand our capacity to be influential leaders while advancing bicycling throughout Washington state.
When will Cascade membership dues increase, and for which levels?
As of January 1, 2018, annual membership dues will increase from $40 to $45 for Individual memberships and from $65 to $70 for Family-level memberships.
Student/Limited Income, Supporter, Advocate and Champion membership dues will not increase. Review our complete list of membership levels here.
How often does Cascade increase their membership dues?
Membership dues are not increased annually, but are periodically evaluated to keep pace with the market. The last increase in membership dues took place in 2011. The 2018 increase in dues will bring the cost of membership in line with the value of Cascade’s membership benefits.
Will auto-renewing memberships be affected?
The increase in dues applies to both 1-year and auto-renewing memberships. The $5 increase will be in effect the next time your credit card is automatically charged for your membership renewal.
Can I renew my membership before the increase at the old rate?
Yes, any memberships renewed or purchased at the current rate prior to January 1, 2018 will be extended by 12 months.
For example, if your current 1-year membership expires on April 1, 2018, you may renew your membership anytime in December at the old rate to extend your membership expiration date to April 1, 2019. Renew your membership here.
Does Cascade membership still provide good value?
We know it does! Cascade members collectively save more than $200,000 in reduced ride registration fees, receive early access to our most popular events, and are emailed the latest deals and discounts in Wheels n Deals, our members-only e-newsletter. Learn more about member benefits here.