From Cascade Bicycle Club:
The world continues to grapple with the fallout of the novel coronavirus. The economic impact of this disease is both personal and global. We always have our participants' health and safety at the forefront of all our decisions. We hoped for more movement on testing and our ability to gather; however, we cannot put our volunteers, other communities, or our riders in danger. We have always based our decision on three things: public health recommendations, guidelines of individual municipalities, and our ability to safely support the event. While the stay at home order may or may not be lifted by the time of your event, cancellations of permitting and being able to safely support our community partners and volunteers in delivering these events are no longer clear. We had set decision dates as guidelines, but have been given enough information at this point to make this decision.
We are officially canceling most of our 2020 Cascade event riding season. We could not be more disappointed in this decision, but we know that it is the right one for our community, our partners, and our staff. The only events currently moving forward as planned are our June 19 Bike Everywhere Day, our annual Summit September 20-21, and our Chelan Tour Lite in October. Refund options and instructions on how to request refunds for your specific event are linked below. Because our events are all so different, there was not a one size fits all refund policy. Like most nonprofits and businesses at this time, we are working at a reduced staffing capacity here at Cascade Bicycle Club and so we ask that you be patient as we fulfill your request.
When you sign up to participate in a Cascade Bicycle Club event you are signing up for a fun challenge, joining a community of cyclists with a common goal, or participating for the pure joy of riding a bike. What you are also doing is supporting our non-event programs -- 40 to 50 percent of your registration fee is direct funding in support of our Education, Advocacy, and Policy programs. Education work like providing pedestrian and bicycle education to 21,743 elementary school students through Let’s Go. Registration fees support our Major Taylor Project providing after school programming for middle school and high school students in under-resourced communities. It funds our advocacy work both regionally and statewide, including the many bike trails that are the direct result of Cascade’s efforts. It supports the coalition work that has led to a connected regional trail system in King, Snohomish, and Pierce Counties as well as our Free Group Rides. Now more than ever, we need a voice at the table as our local and state funding sources will be focused on recovery efforts. Cascade Bicycle Club and its sister organization, Washington Bikes, will continue to be the voice of people who bike, and we need your support to keep people who bike, walk, and roll safe.
We at Cascade Bicycle Club are working with organizations at this time to gather the cycling community to volunteer and help in this time of extreme need where possible and safe, including a pilot program we are rolling out to do bike delivery from food banks to our neighbors. We will be posting those opportunities as they develop on our COVID-19 resource page. We are hosting virtual town halls and socials during the stay at home order that are open to all, please visit our COVID-19 resource page for more information. Our next town hall is Thursday, April 30. If you would like to attend please RSVP here to receive log-in information prior to the meeting.
*You must choose your refund option by May 15 at 11:59 p.m.*
Please visit our Refund Policy Page for FAQs or click on the link to see specific options for your event below:
You are our community. We have appreciated your kind emails of support and are grateful for your patience as we navigate this global pandemic. We are confident Cascade Bicycle Club will come out of this stronger than ever with your support.