About Cascade Bicycle Club
Cascade Bicycle Club, a non-profit organization based in Seattle, Washington, serves more than 15,000 members and the Puget Sound bicycling community. Our mission is to Create a Better Community through Bicycling. Cascade is operated by a 14-member volunteer Board of Directors, 32 professional staff, four AmeriCorps members, and thousands of volunteers.
To join, please complete our Membership Form. A club newsletter, the Cascade Courier, including the rides calendar, is published monthly and distributed free to all members. (You can pick up a copy of the Courier at the club office).
To contact a staff member, club officer, or event director - go to the Contact pages. For directions to the Cascade Bicycle Club office go to the Map & Directions page. For more information, call (206) 522-BIKE.
Rides and Activities
The Cascade Presentation Series covers a wide range of topics of interest to members and the general cycling community. Meeting locations and times vary.
Cascade volunteers lead over 1,000 free daily club rides - at least one ride virtually every day of the year. The club also leads multiple day club tours and Cascade Affiliated International Tours. The Ride Calendars are available online. Rides are open to anyone wearing a helmet. Waivers must be signed. Night rides require lights.
Cascade is active locally in advocacy and education to improve the facilities and safety of all cyclists. Visit the Advocacy (policy, planning and government affairs) pages and the Education Foundation website to read more about these programs.
The Club hosts several online message boards, including Bike Talk, Government and Policy, Bike Commuting, Cascade Rides and Events, Classified Advertising, and forums for buying and selling Cascade event registrations.
Cascade produces several major event rides during the year. The most famous is our double-century ride, the Group Health SEATTLE TO PORTLAND (STP) BICYCLE CLASSIC. Our events are:
The board of directors meets on the third Wednesday of each month. Meetings are posted on our online calendar and are open to anyone interested. Board elections are held in October.
Cascade Bicycle Club's bylaws detail the various rules and procedures that govern the Board of Directors and the organization as a whole.
Vision, Mission & Goals
As contained in the Cascade Bicycle Club's 2011 Strategic Plan Executive Summary (143 KB pdf), the board reaffirms Cascade's commitment to its vision while updating its mission statement and goals:
Mission: Creating a Better Community Through Bicycling
Cascade Bicycle Club envisions a community that bicycles an inclusive, diverse and accepting community where people of all ages and backgrounds bicycle to work, to get around, and for fun and for health, and where bicycling brings people and neighborhoods together. Bicycling will be convenient and safe, connected by a world- class bicycling infrastructure and widely recognized and appreciated as an important contributor to a healthy and fun life and a prosperous and livable community.
- Engagement: To get more people of all communities, backgrounds and ages to cycle regularly and safely for transportation, fitness, recreation and daily activities.
- Community Partnership: To cultivate a community of bicyclists and non-bicyclists who respect each other on the road and trail and a broad-based coalition that supports bicycling as part of a larger vision of healthy, sustainable, and connected living.
- Infrastructure: To significantly expand and improve infrastructure that facilitates safe and convenient cycling.
- Presence: To increase the visibility of the Cascade Bicycle Club to reach a broader audience.