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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Liberal Bicycle Mafia Endorses the Mayor

Posted by on Thu, Apr 18, 2013 at 10:35 AM

The Cascade Bicycle Club, which has 15,000 members and generally makes the bike-hating Seattle Times go ballistic, issued four early endorsements today in this year's races for mayor and city council. They're not shocking choices:

· Mike McGinn – Mayor
· Sally Bagshaw – Seattle City Council, Position #4
· Richard Conlin – Seattle City Council, Position #2
· Mike O’Brien – Seattle City Council, Position #8

Yes, it's totally predictable for a bicycle lobby to bless the reelection of a mayor who ran with a "Mike Bikes" campaign slogan, but it's not because he or the council have been amazing for bicycles. The city's Bicycle Master Plan, created in 2007, has barely been funded. At five years into the 10-year plan, we've paid for only $36 million of the $240 million goal. That's less than one-quarter of the funding it needs. And only now is the city promising one "north-south cycle track route and an east-west route through downtown," the mayor recently said.

I'm guessing that it's not that McGinn has been so great. To me, it seems, the rest of the mayoral candidates—particularly Senator Ed Murray, Council Member Bruce Harrell, and Council Member Tim Burgess—disqualified themselves by stubbornly hawking bills to spend billions of dollars on freeway projects.


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Will in Seattle 1
We're not a mafia.

Be a shame if something was to happen to your bridge funding there, guv'nah.
Posted by Will in Seattle on April 18, 2013 at 10:37 AM · Report this
TomJohnsonJr 2
Why would they endorse Richard Dreyfuss? Lingering admiration for his work during the "panties on the rod" scene from Goodbye Girl, is all I can figure.
Posted by TomJohnsonJr on April 18, 2013 at 10:40 AM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 3
This is American Politics 101. You have to support the guy who will throw you a ragged bone once in a while over the guy who will actively work against you.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on April 18, 2013 at 10:58 AM · Report this
theophrastus 4
So (according to The Cascade Bicycle Club): stay the course, keep calm and carry on, nothing to see here - move along, etc.
Posted by theophrastus on April 18, 2013 at 11:07 AM · Report this
Remember when Cascade endorsed Nickels in the 2009 primary? I do, and haven't been a member since.
Posted by DOUG. on April 18, 2013 at 11:21 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 6
@2 for the Wolf in Sheep's clothing win.
Posted by Will in Seattle on April 18, 2013 at 11:32 AM · Report this
The city is promising much more than the two cycletracks you mentioned - McGinn has been talking about a citywide network. McGinn proposed using the commercial parking tax to fund the bike master plan, but the City Council used it instead for Mercer Street. So McGinn got the VLF proposal on the ballot in 2011 which would have funded more bike projects, but unfortunately it didn't pass.
Posted by junipero on April 18, 2013 at 11:32 AM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 8
Richard Conlin? Of course. Cascade Bicycle Club is all about stuff white people like.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on April 18, 2013 at 12:22 PM · Report this
Kinison 9
And all someone else has to do, is dangle a separated bike lane option to Cascade to win their endorsement. If its ok that McGinn lie to voters, it would be ok to lie to a bike lobbyist.
Posted by Kinison on April 18, 2013 at 3:31 PM · Report this
Wow, what a surprise. The next surprise will be when the entire staff of the Stranger lines up on their knees to take whatever their demigod chooses to give them.
Posted by Unbrainwashed on April 19, 2013 at 11:49 AM · Report this

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