Voters Support Bike-Friendly Candidates, Approve Parks Levy

Cascade Bicycle Club's endorsed candidates make it through all seven primary elections

Tonight voters supported bike-friendly candidates in all seven primary races in which the Cascade Bicycle Club made endorsements, and passed the King County Parks Levy.

In the region's most watched race, Seattle voters continued to back Mayor Mike McGinn.

In reaction, Brock Howell, Policy and Government Affairs Manager for the Cascade Bicycle Club said, "Voters in Seattle went beyond the rhetoric and looked closely at the ability of the candidates to deliver on Seattle's priorities.  The difference was in the strength of leadership and vision, which inspired voters to support Mayor McGinn."

"Mayor Mike McGinn has the record of accomplishment, including fighting to complete the Missing Link of the Burke-Gilman Trail, improving the Bicycle Master Plan, funding critical neighborhood projects and being an outspoken advocate for safer streets."

"Voters in Seattle now face a clear choice -- whether to move forward with the proven leadership of Mike McGinn, a mayor who shares our values and has hit his stride, or to jump to the unknown," said Howell.

King County voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 1, a renewal of two expiring levies supporting over 200 parks and 175 miles of regional trails that comprise the King County Parks system. Proposition 1 will complete key missing links in the regional trail system, pay for critical repairs and maintenance, and keep our parks clean, open and safe.

"Our regional trails are some of the best places to ride with families and for recreation, as well as good connections to get to work, school and shop," said  Evan Manvel, Director of Policy, Planning and Government Affairs for the Cascade Bicycle Club. "From supporting bike-friendly candidates to bike trails, it's clear that voters support helping families get on bikes."

Across the region, voters also supported the other candidates endorsed by the Cascade Bicycle Club.

Richard Conlin for Seattle City Council Position 2, Mike O'Brien for Seattle City Council Position 8, Lynne Robinson for Bellevue City Council Position 6, Jennifer Gregorson for Mukilteo Mayor, Dow Constantine for King County Executive, and Rod Dembowski for King County Council Position 9 all made it through their primaries. In addition, Vandana Slatter may make it in the top two of the Bellevue City Council Position 6 race.

The election results are explained by the overwhelming support that bicycling has in the region. Cascade conducted polling last November that showed voters supported people who bicycle by a four-to-one margin.

"Tonight the region's voters have made it clear," said Manvel. "Making streets safe to walk and bike for everyone from commuters to families should continue to be the top transportation priority of our elected officials.”

A list of all of the Cascade Bicycle Club's endorsements is available online at http://cascade.org/elections

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Founded in 1970, Cascade Bicycle Club is a 15,000-member, nonprofit organization based in Seattle, Washington, serving cyclists in the Puget Sound community. Cascade is dedicated to creating better communities through bicycling, and the club envisions a community where bicycling is normal, safe and convenient for everyone.

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