Verde Brand Communications
BOULDER, Colo. (July 31, 2014) — PeopleForBikes, the movement to make bicycling better for everyone, is investing in great projects across the U.S. this summer with grant awards totaling more than $50,000.
Eight projects received funding in July through the competitive Community Grants Program, including support for a Regional Ride Center in Richmond, VA that will build handcycle-friendly mountain bike trails, and an award for the first open streets day in Columbus, OH. Grants in this round ranged from $1,500 – $10,000 and will support infrastructure and advocacy initiatives.
“We know that when people ride bikes, great things happen,” said Tim Blumenthal, President of PeopleForBikes. “Our grant program allows us to make tangible investments in projects that improve the environment for bicycling in communities across the country.”
The PeopleForBikes Community Grants Program has funded nearly 300 projects since 1999, with most helping build facilities like bike paths, trails, and parks. Grant recipients this round include:
1) Cleveland Metropolitan Park District (Cleveland, OH): Awarded $10,000 for the new Riverwalk Trail as part of redevelopment along the Cuyahoga River
2) Platteville Community Arboretum (Platteville, WI): Awarded $10,000 for upgrades and an extension to the Rountree Branch Recreational Trail
3) Virginia Association for Parks (Richmond, VA): Awarded $10,000 for the new Richmond Regional Ride Center mountain biking facility
4) Friends of the Lafitte Corridor (New Orleans, LA): Awarded $5,600 for destination and wayfinding signs on the first-of-its-kind Lafitte Greenway
5) Southern Off-Road Bicycling Association (Jacksonville, FL): Awarded $5,500 for the Beach and Peach Urban Bike Park, turning an abandoned property into an opportunity for skill building and mountain biking
6) Transit Columbus (Columbus, OH): Awarded $5,000 for the city’s first open streets day in September 2014
7) City of Brownsville (Brownsville, TX): Awarded $2,500 to make bicycling a better transportation option by adding bike racks across the city
8) FreeWheels for Kids Bike Clubs (Kansas City, KS): Awarded $1,500 to help two middle school Bike Clubs build an off-road bike path in their neighborhood
In addition to the Community Grants Program, PeopleForBikes leads the charge to improve bicycling through the Green Lane Project, national partnerships, government relations and the PeopleForBikes Business Network. By uniting people who love to ride under a single umbrella—from individuals to businesses to city leaders—PeopleForBikes strives to improve all types of bicycling, increase participation, and promote the bike business.
PeopleForBikes is a movement to make riding better for everyone. PeopleForBikes unites millions of individuals, thousands of businesses, and hundreds of communities to improve bicycling. Join the movement at PeopleForBikes.org.