The Bicycle AlliAnce AdvocATes for BicyclisTs And A Bicycle-friendly WAshingTon
December 2006


14th Annual Auction THE BEST EVER!
“Hugely successful!” “This space is wonderful; I love having lots of room at the silent auction tables.” “The live auction was terrific!” These were just some of the enthusiastic guest comments overheard as the 14th Annual Bicycle Alliance wound down last month. Auctioneer Dennis Caldirola exclaimed, “In the four years I’ve been the Bicycle Alliance auctioneer, I’ve seen a wonderful change in quality of merchandise, more spirited bidding, and tremendous growth.” Every aspect of the auction was more successful than ever before: 429 bidders, first-rate wines from Wineglass Cellars and other notable Washington vineyards, good beer from New Belgium Brewery, and plentiful fine food from Twelve Baskets Catering. Another great success this year was led by summer intern Daniel Heller, who called for funding for a Complete Streets policy statewide. In Daniel’s words, “This summer as an intern for the Bicycle Alliance, I saw the future. It was a complete street and it was beautiful. It serves all people, regardless of their form of transportation. Imagine your tax money being spent on creating streets which don’t simply encourage more cars and congestion, but instead encourage people to walk or ride a bicycle, safely and comfortably. Luckily for all of us, the Bicycle Alliance is working hard to make sure that Washington is covered with Complete Streets.” And luckily for us, auction attendees responded

well to Daniel’s request for funding and raised $15,000. Nancy MacKerrow of Spokane and Cascade Bicycle Club contributed substantially to the request. Thanks to everyone who attended, donated auction items, and bought items, and to all who contribute year-round to helping make Washington bike-friendly. And a super-duper HUGE thanks to the dozens of volunteers who make the auction run so smoothly.
Photographs by Susan Hiles

Eight Years and Moving On
Barbara Culp
At the November 17th board meeting, I announced my decision to resign on or before April 2007. I started in November 1998 as the third Executive Director of the organization, and look forward to helping the board find my successor. I plan to travel and bicycle in France in the late spring, come home to garden, travel some more, and then look for part-time work to pay our mortgage. It’s been a great 8 years, and I’ll write more about my decision and plans over the next few months. The board has formed a recruitment committee that has placed the job description and application timeline at




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December 2006

NEWS from around the state
Bicycle Alliance Mini-Grant in Moses Lake Helps Solve Safe Routes to School Problem
by Dennis Parr In January 2005, the Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) of Longview Elementary School in Moses Lake, Washington applied for and received a mini-grant for safe and active routes to school from the Bicycle Alliance of Washington. This mini-grant provided seed money for Moses Lake’s Longview Elementary School to begin to address some very serious and unsafe conditions, especially along Maple Drive, one of the main routes children use to bicycle and walk to school. Specifically, the mini-grant provided funds for a professional engineering transportation study to plan and design a program for safer routes. Based on the findings and recommendation of this transportation study, the Longview Elementary PTSO then worked collaboratively with the Moses Lake School Administration, Moses Lake Trails Planning Team, Grant County Public Works, and the City of Moses Lake Community Development and Municipal Services Department to identify a seven-point remediation program of engineering improvements, educational programs and crossing guard and enforcement programs. The remediation program’s implementation was funded by a $132,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Transportation (DOT) Safe Routes to School Program, a $25,000 grant from the Grant County Paths and Trails Fund and a $6,000 dollar grant from the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission. A ribbon cutting celebration was held at Longview Elementary on November 17, 2006. A large crowd of supporters – including Longview’s students, parents and PTSO members, school administration, city and county officials, the Washington DOT, and the

Bike Alliance – attended this event to celebrate successful completion of the project. This project provides testimony of what can be achieved when concerned citizens, organizations and city, county and state agencies come together in a spirit of cooperation to solve a problem. Many thanks go to the Bicycle Alliance of Washington for all their support.

Fish Lake Trail Action Group
The Fish Lake Trail Action Group is up and running in Spokane. This new group of trail supporters is working with the City of Spokane to secure funds to complete the Fish Lake Trail between Spokane and Cheney. Mayor Dennis Hession has requested $2 million from the Governor’s budget toward the trail and the Fish Lake Trail Action Group has sent a letter of support to the Governor. The group’s next meeting is scheduled for January 15, 2007 at 6:30pm, location to be determined. For more information about the group, contact Louise McGrody at 206.224.9252 or, or Dan Schaffer at

Share the Road Plates Generating Revenue
We have received nearly $16,000 in Share the Road license plate revenue as of mid-November! As license plate sales and renewals continue, so will the revenue. By the time you read this article we expect over 1,700 plates will have sold. We continue to distribute posters and cards to bike shops and car dealerships, so if you want to help do that, please contact Dave Janis at 206.224.9252, or Applications for the plates can be downloaded from our website at
To those who bought a plate, thanks for your support in spreading the message!

❑ Sarah Armstrong

Please vote for one or all of the following candidates. Mail your ballot to PO Box 2904, Seattle, WA98111 or email your vote to

❑ Bobby Mullins: Incumbent
Bobby was born and grew up in Dallas, Texas. He first began bicycling on a “bike shop quality bike” his senior year in high school, and completed his first century (The Hotter ‘n Hell Hundred) in 1987. After completing college with a degree in Criminal Justice, he spent a summer in Glacier National Park, where he met his wife, and two summers in Denali Park, Alaska. In 1992 Bobby moved to Austin and began working at REI. After a brief stay in North Carolina, Bobby and his family moved to Seattle in 1996. Bobby is currently the Operations Manager at the Seattle REI store. He and his wife Kimball have a 6 year old son and 3 year old daughter, who both enjoy bicycling. One of his goals is to bicycle across the country with his family in 2012. He has been a member of BAW for several years, and also served a two-year term on the City of Seattle’s Bicycle Advisory Board. He is a dedicated everyday bike commuter and touring cyclist.

Sarah is retired from the Port of Tacoma where she was a Project Manager for three years, responsible for the design, contracting and construction of engineering and environmental projects. Prior to the Port of Tacoma, she held numerous positions at the Port of Seattle for 27 years, including construction inspection, Resident Engineer, contracts, Marine Maintenance Facilities Manager and Tribal Liaison Officer Sarah enjoys multi-sports, including road bicycling, mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, mountaineering and rock climbing. She returned to bicycling in 2000 after many years. She started by commuting to work, became a member of the West Sound Cycling Club (WSCC) and has been an active road biker and ride leader, including week-long bike trips and assisting with fundraising rides such as the Tour de Kitsap and RAPSody. She participated in the 2005 Bicycle Alliance Lobby Day. In addition, she has recently been assisting the WSCC’s President, Phil Talarico, with bike safety presentations at a local school and at a Boy Scouts Bike Rodeo. Sarah views joining the Bicycle Alliance Board as a unique opportunity to become actively engaged in promoting bicycle activity and education. She enjoys bicycling and effecting change to allow the activity to be safer and more family friendly. She believes that more bicyclists will promote more bicycling. “More bicycling will contribute to a cleaner and a more healthy environment and society. Barriers include not only safe routes, but rideable routes for kids, commuters, and families. Maintained pavement, swept pavement, roadway clearances wide enough to accommodate bicyclists, plus driver’s education regarding bicycles on the highway are part of the rideable route makeup.” Sarah would like to make a difference in increasing the use of the bicycle as a sport of fun and as an important mode of transportation.

❑ Thom Skaanland: Incumbent
Thom has had a passion for cycling for over 40 years, including bicycle commuting for the last 35 years. He commutes by bicycle when he is not traveling as an environmental compliance auditor, and he encourages others to commute by bicycle for their health and to protect our environment. Thom and his wife enjoy recreational cycling on either a tandem or singles; they both cycle for various non-profit fundraisers, including a fundraiser ride from Seattle to Washington D.C. in 2005. The cross-country trip reinforced for Thom how blessed all cyclists are who ride in Washington State. The work of the Bicycle Alliance has been essential to preserving existing cycle routes, developing new bike infrastructure and making bicycling safer for all types of bicycle riders. As a rural King County resident, Thom brings a combined perspective to bicycling: as a bicycle commuter to Federal Way and as a recreational rider. He would appreciate the opportunity to continue serving on the Board alongside the Bike Alliance’s staff and members as we continue to strengthen cycling state-wide.

❑ Molly Johnson: Incumbent
Molly has been biking in the Pacific Northwest since the summer of 2001. She joined the Seattle Bicycle Club where she was involved with the club as a rider, ride leader and ride director in late 2002. She was the President of Seattle Bicycle club (SBC) for 2003. In 2004 she was the SBC’s Past President as well as a committee member for RAPSody. Molly enjoys being involved with area bicycling clubs, leading rides, planning events and being involved with activities that will help the greater good of the bicycling community. She usually enjoys more of the country type rides since these are usually safer, quieter and very scenic. She likes to get in touch with nature and loves different recreational outlets such as hiking, kayaking, walking, cross-country skiing, camping and any activity associated with the outdoors. She loves the Pacific Northwest for all it has to offer. Molly would like to see more bicycling opportunities offered to our residents in the Pacific Northwest. Safer routes, better commuter and recreational routes (i.e. accessibility, better links to other modes of transportation such as buses) and more events are desirable to support the bicycling community without being penalized as a minority group (i.e. fees to our local/state government to use roads that are already paid by our tax dollars). Molly looks forward to continue serving on The Bicycle Alliance of Washington’s board and being an active member in the bicycling community. She is currently involved in the racing community. She is interested in continuing to help with events and auctions where she feels she will really succeed with her organizational, social and sales skills.

❑ Mark Thomas: Incumbent
Mark Thomas serves as the Treasurer of the Bicycle Alliance and sits on its Executive Board. Mark is an avid long-distance road cyclist and a bicycle commuter. He is currently the president of the Seattle International Randonneurs and of Randonneurs USA, organizations devoted to long-distance riding. Mark is the co-owner, with his wife Chris, of Sammamish Valley Cycle in Redmond. Mark and Chris have two teenage children and live in Redmond. When not in wool and lycra cycling gear, Mark also works as the CFO of SinglePoint, a wireless data company in Bellevue.

❑ Jane Whicher
Jane Whicher is an attorney with 30 years of practice. She worked for the ACLU of Illinois for 20 years, specializing in First Amendment litigation. She retired from the ACLU and moved to Port Townsend in early 2004. She is a member of the Washington bar, but her practice now is largely pro bono: She volunteers her time to represent community groups and small non-profits. She is the president of the Port Townsend Bicycle Association (actually, she prefers to be called the Supreme Allied Commandress), a member of the city’s Nonmotorized Transportation Advisory Board, and the chair of the Jefferson County Chapter of the ACLU. Jane has substantial familiarity with nonprofits and advocacy groups, having served on many boards over the years, and having and worked as a volunteer as well. Jane is primarily a road cyclist. She commuted by bike while living in Chicago. In 2004 she rode across country from Anacortes to Bar Harbor. She rides between 5,000 and 6,000 miles a year. Over the last year or so, Jane has worked with Barb Culp on trying to straighten out the WSDOT policy for bicycle events. She has been impressed not just with Barb’s commitment but also by the fact that she and the Bicycle Alliance of Washington command the respect of both other advocates and government officials. Cyclists frequently need to speak with one voice in order to succeed in advocacy, and BAW can be that voice. Jane would like to see BAW’s membership numbers increase (“I know the membership numbers have grown substantially in the last few years, but it seems to me that 2500 is a low figure for a state as like ours with so many avid cyclists”). In addition, she would like to see BAW’s advocacy efforts strengthened even more, and to see the organization’s visibility enhanced so that when people think of cycling, they think of the Bicycle Alliance.

❑ Kristin Kinnamon: Incumbent
Kristin currently serves as co-chair of the Legislative Committee of the Bicycle Alliance Board. She is in marketing and promotions for Community Transit, Snohomish County’s public transportation provider. Previously she was a public information coordinator (media relations person) for Community Transit. Prior to her six years at CT, she spent 10 years as an editor and reporter for weekly newspapers in Snohomish County. Kristin has been involved in Bicycle Advocacy and has coordinated Snohomish County’s participation in Bike to Work Day since 2001. She just finished three terms as president of the Snohomish County BIKES Club. She helped create Snohomish County’s first bike map in 2004. She is involved in the Snohomish-Arlington Trail Coalition, which works to support expansion of the Centennial Trail. She is a member of the Ride Around Puget Sound organizing team. Kristin is also an active volunteer with Sharing Wheels, an Everett-based non-profit that “connects unused bikes to people who need wheels.” Sharing Wheels is similar to Bike Works in Seattle and has bike programs for low income children, teens, and adults. She has commuted to work by bus and bike (and now vanpool, too) at least three days a week year-round for several years and also vacations by bike, touring portions of France, Canada and the western U.S. self-supported.



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