With the primary election moved up to August 21st, many Seattleites find themselves flipping through election pamphlets, researching candidates and bombarded with advertisements. Cascade released their 2007 Primary Endorsements today, offering up another perspective on the many transportation issues currently faced by Puget Sound residents.
The Cascade Bicycle Club ventures into politics and elections for one vitally important reason – policies that effect bicycling begin and end with our elected representatives.
However, good answers can’t tell the whole story. We also evaluate a candidate’s past votes, talk to local activists and, when necessary, interview them face to face.
Critical votes for incumbents spanned a range of issues impacting bicycling, including: child safety, bicycle lanes and trails, transportation funding, land-use and sprawl.
Finally, we ask ourselves, “If elected, will they work with us to improve conditions for bicycling?”
Remember, Cascade’s endorsement process is strictly non-partisan.
The Bike Master Plan has yet to be approved by the City Council and the Stone Way Gap is an issue that impacts city residents across the board, far beyond us crazy cyclists.
Make people-moving a priority over moving cars. Get out the vote!