Cascade Bicycle Club Endorses McGinn, Bagshaw, Conlin and O’Brien

Today, Cascade Bicycle Club announced its early endorsements in Seattle. Cascade Bicycle Club issues early endorsements to a select group of previously endorsed candidates who have demonstrated a strong and consistent commitment to creating a better community through bicycling and have made substantial accomplishments on bicycling-related issues.

Cascade’s early endorsed candidates in Seattle include:
Mike McGinn – Mayor
Sally Bagshaw – Seattle City Council, Position #4
Richard Conlin – Seattle City Council, Position #2
Mike O’Brien – Seattle City Council, Position #8

Mike O'Brien

“Mayor McGinn has shown bold leadership in making our streets safer for everybody, whether they drive, haul freight, ride transit, bike or walk,” said Craig M. Benjamin, Policy and Government Affairs Manager for Cascade Bicycle Club. “He recognizes that sixty percent of people in Seattle want to bicycle more, but they are not doing it because they don’t feel safe. So he has shifted our bicycling investments toward physically protecting bike lanes from speeding car traffic and building more neighborhood greenways – low-speed, low-traffic streets that are safer for families.”

“Councilmember Bagshaw has worked hard to make bicycling so safe that Seattle families will let their eight year olds ride their bikes to school, to parks, to libraries and through their neighborhoods; and grandparents will choose to ride their bikes to the local neighborhood business district for a morning cup of coffee and newspaper,” said Evan Manvel, Director of Policy, Planning and Government Affairs.

“Councilmember Conlin has a track record of leadership in taking bold steps to advance bicycling, from supporting safety improvements that make our streets safer for everybody, to getting a bike lane planned on the new Portage Bay Bridge, to working with partner agencies and jurisdictions to secure tens of millions of dollars for investments in bicycling,” said Benjamin.

Richard Conlin

“Councilmember O’Brien has championed efforts to secure additional funding for bicycling infrastructure and the region's early efforts to bring a bike share program to Seattle,” added Benjamin. “He sees what other cities are doing to support building a better community through bicycling and wants to see Seattle not just keeping up, but leading the way.”

“We’re proud to endorse these candidates because of their hard work to make our streets safer for our children and everyone who wants to ride,” said Mo McBroom, a Cascade Bicycle Club board member and chair of its Legislative and Endorsements Committee. “We look forward to working with them to connect our city with a complete network of protected bike lanes and neighborhood greenways.”

Over the next few months, Cascade will make endorsements in additional races across the Puget Sound region.

Please contact Craig M. Benjamin, Cascade's Policy and Government Affairs Manager, at (206) 713 6204 or craig.benjamin@cascadebicycleclub.org for more information.