FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BIKE-FRIENDLY CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENTS ANNOUNCED FOR NOV. 6 MAYORAL AND COUNCIL ELECTIONS

AUSTIN, Texas (October 10, 2018) – Bike Austin, Austin’s leading bicycle advocacy organization, announced its endorsements for November’s elections for mayor and five city council races.

The endorsements were based largely on the candidates’ responses to questionnaires addressing a range of bike-related issues. Bike Austin’s Board of Directors considered the responses in all six races, and chose to endorse the following candidates.

  • Mayor:        Steve Adler
  • District 1:    Natasha Harper-Madison
  • District 3:    Sabino “Pio” Renteria
  • District 5:    Ann Kitchen
  • District 8:    Rich DePalma and Bobby Levinski
  • District 9:    Danielle Skidmore

“The Bike Austin Board of Directors is pleased to endorse this slate of candidates for Mayor and City Council,” said Hill Abell, President of Bike Austin. “Our chosen incumbents, Mayor Adler and Council Members Kitchen and Renteria, have already demonstrated their commitment to supporting the implementation of a city wide system of safe cycling facilities. The new candidates we’ve chosen have clearly stated their pledge to continue that work once they are elected to Council, and they’ve shared great ideas on how they will help us continue to create a city that supports human scaled mobility opportunities for every Austinite. Please join us in supporting these candidates with your vote on election day.”

Fellow Board Member Chris Riley noted that the candidates’ responses reflect broad support for improvements in bike infrastructure. “All those who responded agreed that Austin needs to keep making progress on bikes,” said Riley. “The candidates we’re endorsing are all exceptionally qualified to help sustain that progress and ensure that the city achieves its goals for bicycling.”

Additional information, including comments on each race and the candidates’ responses to the Bike Austin questionnaires, is available on the organization’s website: https://bikeaustin.org/2018/09/2018-endorsements-and-questionnaire-responses.

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ABOUT BIKE AUSTIN:

Bike Austin’s mission is to increase the number of all cyclists in the greater Austin area, regardless of the reasons they ride. Bike Austin achieves this by providing innovative cycling education, creating a better connected and informed cycling community, offering a diverse mix of rides, and by engaging with local officials and city departments to ensure that cyclists are treated as an equal part of the transportation system. Please visit bikeaustin.org for more information.

This campaign is the work of Bike Austin a 501 (c) 4. Our sister organization Bike Austin Education Fund, a 501 (c) 3, has not participated in or supported this campaign.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Katie Smith Deolloz / Interim Executive Director, Bike Austin

media@bikeaustin.org / 833.245.3287