The state of Washington is lucky to have a great bicycling non-profit like Cascade Bicycle Club. Their mission is to enhance people's lives with bicycling. Cascade Bicycle Club lists the following as their five main goals:
- Share the joy of bicycling.
- Create exceptional opportunities to ride.
- Teach everyone to ride safely
- Bring people together through bicycling.
- Transform the region through bicycling.
This excellent club affects so many people with their wonderful endeavors. Here are a few of the ongoing opportunities the Cascade Bicycle Club organizes:
- low-cost and free bicycle riding and maintenance classes
- summer camps, including biking and non-biking activities
- Maylor Taylor Project: a year-round, youth development program focused on introducing youth from diverse communities to biking
- empowering groups advocating for protected bike lanes and trails
- free group rides, signature events, and club tours around the region
Started in 1970 by two brothers, Mike and Rick Quam, Cascade Bicycle Club has a long history of completed projects. The initial goals included organizing recreational group rides and promoting the development of bicycle trails in Washington. The first few large events included the Chilly Hilly ride on Bainbridge Island, the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic and the Ride from Seattle to Vancouver and Party. The first big trail they lobbied for was the Burke-Gilman Trail located along Lake Washington near Seattle, Wash.
The most recent ride the club has organized is called the Emerald City Bike Ride. This event is the largest, one-day ride in Washington hosting 7,000 bicyclists. Featuring 8-mile and 21-mile routes on roads in Seattle that will be closed to traffic, neighborhood-specific food stops, route support and supported rest stops, this event sold out fast in its introductory run. Not only is this event enjoyable to participate in, the Emerald City Bike Ride's registration fee is a fundraiser for providing bicycle education programs throughout the state.
If you're interested in becoming one of the 17,000 plus members or a volunteer of this fantastic organization, take a look at their website. The organization relies heavily on volunteers for their events, offering free ride participation after accruing volunteer hours. Donations are also greatly appreciated for continued support of their beneficial programs. Boulder Bibs is honored to work with Cascade Bicycle Club, providing quality bibs for a distinguished, respected organization.
The Boulder Bibs Team.