With a mission to improve lives through bicycling, Cascade Bicycle Club, the nation’s largest statewide bicycle organization, is powered by 15,000 members and serves bike riders of all ages and abilities across Washington state.
In 2015 our education department served thousands of children through school-based programming. Among the biggest accomplishments of the year was the signing of a contract with Seattle Public Schools to expand our Basics of Bicycling program, an on-bike safety and skills education program for students in third through fifth grades. With the new program expansion rolling out in 2016, every third, fourth and fifth grade student attending elementary school in Seattle Public Schools will receive this programming in their physical education class. All together, more than 24,000 students will receive Basics of Bicycling training.
The Major Taylor Project (MTP), a youth development program designed for middle and high school students from traditionally underserved communities, expanded from four partner schools to 10 in 2015. Not only did we double the number of partner schools served, but we also expanded programming to Tacoma in Pierce County. Previously, MTP focused only on schools in South King County. The expansion to Tacoma allowed us to increase the number of students served and extend our geographic reach into more areas of the state.
In 2015 we fostered critical community support by training effective neighborhood leaders through our grassroots organizing programs. Two of these programs, the Advocacy Leadership Institute (ALI) and Connect Puget Sound, taught community leaders how to organize projects around a common goal. The programs presented opportunities for community leaders to work on timely projects affecting the state of bicycling in their neighborhoods. As a result of their participation, community leaders are now actively organizing additional projects within their neighborhoods, which is steadily making it easier for everyone to bike wherever they need to go. All together, nearly 1,600 people participated in ALI and Connect Puget Sound throughout 2015.