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Seattle Advocates Use Winning Campaigns Training to Win Bike Boulevards

imageA successful campaign to increase walking and biking sometimes take years, but the right amount of perseverance, skill and timing can lead to a quick win. That’s exactly what happened for Neighborhood Greenways in Seattle.

The group advocates for a citywide network of low-traffic streets that limit cut-through cars and are safe for biking and walking. Only a few months after forming, the group celebrated its first victory, in no small part thanks to the tips they learned at the Alliance’s Winning Campaigns Training in Seattle.

“At your Winning Campaigns Workshop I made some great contacts and did some good strategic thinking about developing a complete citywide network of neighborhood greenways,” said Cathy Tuttle, one of the groups leaders who attended the training last June. “Making a citywide network is something I’ve been thinking about for years. Winning Campaigns helped me think about our own people powered movement in a smarter, stronger, more strategic way.”

The campaign included a well-placed Op-Ed in The Seattle Times that called on members of the City Council to support greenways, while letting Seattleites know that greenways will create a safe place to walk and bike, without forcing people out of their cars.

At a January Neighborhood Greenways Meeting, City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw announced plans to fund several miles of greenways in 2012. Not only has the campaign resulted in a tangible win on the ground, it has also lead to new groups in neighborhoods advocating for more greenways. “Quite frankly what I’m dealing with now is how to manage success,” said Tuttle. “Local greenway groups are springing up all over the region!”

Looking to jump start your next campaign? The Alliance is hosting three more Winning Campaigns Trainings this year in Boston, Houston and Kansas City. Learn more about the trainings and register to attend here.

PHOTO: Exploratory tour of a potential bike boulevard in Seattle courtesy of Neighborhood Greenways.

Posted by mlhall on February 07, 2012
Tags: winning campaigns training, seattle, neighborhood greenway, bike boulevard
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Cascade Bicycle Club Converts Commuters With Green Bikes

imageThe logic is like that old proverb. Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day; teach him how to fish and he’ll eat forever.

The folks at the Cascade Bicycle Club tweaked that idea with a cycling perspective. Organize a ride and a Seattle resident may pedal for a day; give that resident her own wheels and she’ll commute forever.

Now in its second year, the Green Bike Program aims to do just that — get car commuters to replace auto trips with bicycle travel. And it’s reeling in results. Turns out, getting people to give up their beloved automobiles can be as easy as baiting the hook with equipment and education.

Back in May, Cascade recruited a few newbie cyclists for the Green Bike initiative, providing willing participants with bicycles, locks and helmets. Next, they schooled the amateur commuters on road safety and basic mechanics. Then, they extended a challenge: Commute on two wheels for 50 percent of your travel and that shiny new bicycle is yours to keep.

Sound like wishful thinking? Not by a long shot. An impressive 86 percent of participants are now proud owners of Green Bikes.

“This is an incredible result,” Chuck Ayers, executive director of the Cascade Bicycle Club, said in a statement. “In only three months, we’ve helped more than 30 people new to bike commuting become comfortable, confident, and competent cyclists. I don’t know of many other programs that can boast an 86 percent success rate.”

Among those new cyclists is Alex Fuentes, a teacher at Odyssey High School who converted her 25-mile commute from automobile to open-air. Last week, she joined other green bicyclists at a celebration led by Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen. The look on her face (pictured) says it all: Fuentes is hooked. “I love riding my bike to work,” she said, “and plan to keep it up the rest of my life.”

  Click here to read more about the Green Bike program.

Posted by Carolyn S on August 31, 2010
Tags: washington, seattle, green bike program, cascade bicycle club, bike commuting
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Feet First to Celebrate Seattle Summer Streets

From Feet First’s Footprints - Feet First is a partner in the Celebrate Seattle Summer Streets. During the summerlong program, streets will be opened for pedestrians and bicyclists, offering people a way to have fun, celebrate the spirit and personality of their neighborhood, and support local businesses. Each event is organized by a local group. Celebrate Seattle Summer Streets is modeled after similar successful events held in New York; San Francisco; Portland, Oregon; Vancouver, British Columbia; and Bogota, Colombia.

For more information, click here… 

Posted by 000joshua on April 01, 2009
Tags: washington, summer streets, seattle, feet first
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