Bicycle Activists Become Major Political Players

A one-time fringe bicycle activist group in the Pacific Northwest has turned into a major player in mainstream politics.

The Seattle Times profiles the Cascade Bicycle Club and explores how the activist group has become a voice not to be ignored.

"The success of the bike lobby, represented mostly by the one-time weekend-riding club, is well documented. Over the past decade, Cascade has tripled its membership to more than 13,000 and pushed successfully for sweeping city policies that promise 118 miles of new bike lanes and safety improvements to encourage cycling.

Last year, the club helped elect bike-commuting Mayor Mike McGinn, who joined a host of pro-bike elected leaders. Cascade members meet once a month behind closed doors with a newly formed caucus of City Council members to discuss cycle-friendly projects."

Full Story: Politics, friction reshape influential Cascade Bicycle Club


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