Thursday, December 10, 2015

Cascade Bicycle Club and WA Bikes to Merge


Some interesting news for you bicyclists out there- the Cascade Bicycle Club and Washington Bike are officially merging.

The boards of directors of both organizations approved the merger this past Tuesday. It will enhance both organizations and increase the reach and effectiveness of bike advocacy and education.

As of Jan. 1, 2016, Cascade Bicycle Club will be the name of the 501(c)(3) tax-deductible wing, focused on education, diversity and inclusion programs, events, and other advocacy work. The organization’s 501(c)(4) arm, to be called Washington Bikes, will address statewide policy and outreach, selected statewide events and activities, and candidate endorsements.

The merger will create the nation’s largest statewide bicycle nonprofit, bringing together two organizations to leverage overlapping missions. 

The merger will result in saved overhead costs and more money directly funding current work and new programs. If you are a current Washington Bikes member, your membership will be automatically transferred to Cascade Bicycle Club through the end of your membership year, whenever you’re set to renew. You’ll receive all the benefits of Cascade membership such as discounts at businesses and early access to ride registration for sell-out events. After that you will need to renew membership in Cascade if you wish to belong to a statewide 501(c)(3) bike nonprofit and receive a tax deduction for your support.

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