PeopleForBikes' grant will be used to supplement the installation of buffers on new bike lanes and to retrofit existing lanes, colored intersection treatments and vertical delineators in order to demonstrate the nature and function of protected bike lanes prior to the creation of planned capital construction projects. Some funds will additionally go to creating and distributing materials to educate people on the new bike lanes, media campaign, PSAs, as well as fund the purchase of a bicycle counter to track and evaluate the facility.
The new Three Mile Creek Greenway, a multi-use path near downtown Mobile, will be an even more attractive option for people on bikes with the addition of bike parking and fixit stations. PeopleForBikes funding will match dollars already raised by the Delta Bike Project to purchase and install a total of nine bicycle repair stations with pumps and parking for 70 bikes in Mobile near this new trail.
Trailnet will use this award to support a campaign to implement a key one-mile corridor of their master plan for a safe network for walking and biking. The plan connects neighborhoods north and south to job centers, key destinations and cultural districts. In a city where 20% of residents do not own a car, increasing support for bike and pedestrian infrastructure is a critical need.
*This award was supported by a grant from REI
This $5,000 grant will help Asheville On Bikes purchase materials for the second in a series of tactical urbanism demonstration projects in Asheville. The goal is to help people see and experience safe, comfortable bicycle infrastructure and spur more support for more.
Aboite New Trails will receive $2,500 to help complete their Central Loop, effectively connecting all the major bike paths in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This path project, which has also received funding from two hospitals, a school, and several businesses along the route, will enable people to safely commute to work and school by bike.
Since 2005, Aboite New Trails has been working to connect the community of Fort Wayne through a system of multi-use paths. When this vision is complete, bicyclists and pedestrians will enjoy 52 miles of linked path facilities.
This multi-use path is the first phase of a larger project by the Friends of Granger Paths to connect the county’s population centers in a network of bike lanes, multi-use paths and greenways. The Adams Road path will link two elementary schools to an existing bike path and join to six subdivisions, a local shopping center, and a library. With our funding, as well as a Safe Routes to School grant, this project will allow more than 950 children to walk or bike to school safely for the first time.
This $7,500 grant will help Sustain Charlotte garner support for better bicycling from elected leaders and the public. The organization’s goal is to get a commitment to build at least one protected bike lane in the downtown/central part of the city by January 2017.
A $5,000 grant helped Wilderness Lakes Trails to restore and expand a central section of the Agonikak National Recreation Trail. This scenic trail, in the Ottowa National Forest, will be a key part of the 40-mile trail system that circumnavigates the Sylvania Wilderness, enabling riders of all ages and abilities to legally experience and enjoy pristine wild lands by bike. Our funds helped match a Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant for the project.
A $5,000 grant helped Wilderness Lakes Trails to restore and expand a central section of the Agonikak National Recreation Trail. This scenic trail, in the Ottowa National Forest, will be a key part of the 40-mile trail system that circumnavigates the Sylvania Wilderness, enabling riders of all ages and abilities to legally experience and enjoy pristine wild lands by bike. Our funds helped match a Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant for the project.
Maryland's One Less Car received $5,000 to help develop ARROW—Alternative Rides and Routes to Work. This workplace-based initiative, modeled after a remarkably successful bike-to-work program in Victoria, B.C., will encourage bicycling as well as other alternative modes of transportation.
PeopleForBikes’ $5,000 grant to the Chicago Area Mountain Bikers (CAMBr) will continue the revitalization of this downtown park with the addition of beginner and intermediate jump lines. Once a dumping ground and site for gang activity, Andres Park has become a place where children, teens and adults can come together to ride bikes and have fun.
When the City of Orlando requested citizen input on the public use of a parcel of land donated after the decommissioning of a naval base, local mountain bikers spoke up. The result is Area C, a facility centrally located in a highly developed part of the city with access to the Cady Way Trail and connections to multiple parks and neighborhoods. Our organization's $7,500 grant will add to the park’s appeal by funding an expanded skills area and an advanced singletrack course.
Friends of Pathways received $5,000 for their "Order of the Arrow" initiative, which is replacing 10.5 miles of eroding, illegal trails with fun, sustainable singletrack on Teton Pass.
A $5,000 helped the City of Asbury develop its bike/ped trail project—a top priority for the city. The path will provide a safe, non-motorized route through town, linking the new middle school, a retirement community, and an affordable housing complex with local businesses and retail shops.
We awarded a $5,000 grant to the Berkshire Bike Path Council (BBPC) to further their efforts to develop a countywide bike path from Vermont to Connecticut. Our funding helped to extend the Ashuwillticook Trail in MA, bringing the group 5 miles closer to their goal. This section of trail enables bike commuters to safely ride from Pittsfield to North Adams, and provides a great route for families and new riders to enjoy.
This $5,000 advocacy grant will help the Austin Metro Trails and Greenways (ATMG) organization to promote a new transportation bond package, which is up for voter approval in November. Included in the bond package is $20 million in funding for a diverse mix of 15 bike and pedestrian projects—totaling more than 50 miles of facilities. Projects will include bike lanes, trails, parking, an underpass, a bridge, and streetscape improvements, and will increase bicycling in underserved areas by improving bike connections in lower-income neighborhoods. Many of the projects will connect to existing trails—popular with Austin residents for both recreational and transportation riding—such as the Lance Armstrong Crosstown Bikeway and the Barton Creek Greenbelt, significantly improving the integration of Austin’s regional trail network. After the November election is over, this grant will also help ATMG build community support for future bicycling initiatives.
The B & O Trail Association (BOTA) received $10,000 to help purchase a 13-acre stretch of abandoned rail corridor in Hendricks County, Indiana. This path will be the first bike/ped connection between downtown Indianapolis and three nearby state parks, providing a recreation and transportation route for active Hoosiers.
Slow Roll Chicago will use this $10,000 grant to develop a teen leadership program focused on creating safe bicycle access to the new Big Marsh Bike Park on the Southeast Side of Chicago. Youth from the neighborhoods surrounding Big Marsh, including Pullman, Hegewisch and South Deering, will engage in advocacy, community organizing and bicycle planning as part of this effort.
The City of Aztec will relocate their track to a safer, more accessible location that connects to an existing trail system.
This PeopleForBikes grant of $5,000 is helping the Friends of the Badger State Trail to build a bicycle trailhead facility in Monroe, Wisconsin. The Badger State Trail runs from Madison to the Illinois border, and this additional access point will help many in this region to benefit from the recreational opportunities offered by the Trail.
The desire to provide places to ride for young kids and the availability of a little-used area in the existing Trails End Park came together with this project. The City of Billings will use PeopleForBikes funding to add three loops designed for balance bikes to a family friendly location.
Baltimore will use this funding to develop a Play Streets pilot to plan and pay for community events that will serve as outreach and engagement tools to help plan future infrastructure improvements.
The Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition is working with the City of Sedona, the Red Rock Ranger District, and the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) to build or improve four miles of mountain bike trail in the beautiful Coconino National Forest. Local businesses and volunteers will participate in trail building days led by an IMBA Trail Specialist, and the PeopleForBikes grant of $5,000 will help achieve the dual goals of making the system accessible to novice riders and providing trail work training for future community projects.
The small town of Beach expects to double in population in the next few years and local leaders are committed to making easy, safe active transportation a part of that growth. PeopleForBikes funding of $10,000 will help leverage a federal grant to build 1.4 miles of multi-use path connecting two ends of town and linking residential areas, the high school, and several community facilities.
The Southern Off Road Bicycle Association of Jacksonville (SORBA-Jax) is working with the City of Jacksonville to turn a blighted, abandoned property into a high quality bike park with features for all ages and ability levels. This $5,500 grant will help fund the design and materials for pump tracks, progressive jump lines and a skills area.
PeopleForBikes’ grant will support construction of the first pump track in the Anchorage area. The facility will prioritize beginner level features to attract kids and families, and is named for a founding member and beloved coach who passed away in a car crash last winter.
Upstate Forever is partnering with a professor of health and exercise at Furman University in Greenville to measure the impact of the Swamp Rabbit Trail development on communities surrounding it. Our grant of $10,000 will enable researchers to examine real estate values, interview business owners, real estate agents, transportation professionals, and local government officials, and conduct intercept surveys of trail users. The organization hopes to use this study to promote greenway and trail development across the region and the country.
The Town of Bethlehem Parks & Recreation Department will use our grant to help build a world-class BMX/skatepark in downtown Bethlehem, providing a safe, legal place to skate and ride. The park will be part of an ambitious greenway project currently under construction.
LivableStreets Alliance is working with Mayor Menino's Boston Bikes Program on key initiatives that will help the city establish policies for safe street design and expand infrastructure for bicycling. They are providing technical assistance and facilitating community involvement to help Boston develop its Bicycle Network Plan, and working to ensure improved bicycle access on the many bridges over the Charles River that are about to undergo reconstruction. In the short term, LivableStreets is working to ensure that proposed stimulus funding for bike parking at transit stations will be spent quickly and efficiently on secure, well-designed bike storage solutions. These important goals will further LivableStreet's mission of working systematically to help Boston become a Bicycle Friendly Community.
With PeopleForBikes’ support, the Village of Beverly will build 0.75 miles of paved trail for people walking and biking between the local elementary, middle, and high school and with links to an adjacent township. The project will support residents’ recreation and transportation options, encourage physical activity, and support long-term trail connections around town and throughout the county.
The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia received a $5,000 grant to help develop a Bicycle Ambassadors program in the city. Ambassadors will attend community events to teach bicycle safety and etiquette, and they will serve as mentors by helping new bike commuters and recreational cyclists ride safely and confidently. The Bicycle Ambassadors will also lead weekly rides based at local bike shops. The program will inspire cyclists of all abilities to explore Philadelphia by bike.
Oregon's Bicycle Transportation Alliance received $5,000 to help promote and develop their campaign for Bicycle Boulevards in Portland. These low-traffic roadways will serve as a way to prioritize bicycle traffic by retrofitting existing streets with bike-friendly treatments rather than building separate, off-street facilities. The BTA will market the Bicycle Boulevard model to other cities that are working towards making their street networks safe and navigable for cyclists.
Phoenix Children's Hospital received a $5,000 grant to revise and improve its Bicycle Driver's Ed program. The program strives to reduce the number of childhood injuries due to bicycle accidents by teaching kids to "drive" their bikes with the same care that goes into driver training.
This $20,000 grant will help the City of Austin amend their Bicycle Master Plan to incorporate protected bikeway information and map out a protected bikeway network. The process will include extensive community outreach and opportunities for public input and will result in an adopted City Ordinance that recognizes where a network of cycle tracks are appropriate in Austin. This effort will also provide a replicable and straightforward planning process that will serve as a model for other cities.
The City of Los Angeles hopes to build on its successful bicycle corral program and provide additional amenities to cyclists through this public/private partnership with local businesses. Our grant of $17,000 will help fund bicycle repair stations and permanent air pumps in public rights of way in 7 locations, and adjacent businesses will provide ongoing maintenance. REI members will provide recommendations on business locations.
Bikes Belong awarded a $5,000 grant to the Big Bend Trails Alliance to help construct mountain bike trails in Big Bend Ranch State Park. The grant provided a portion of the local match required to leverage $25,000 in Recreational Trails Program money as well as other federal funds for the project.
The City of Billings received $5,000 to use towards construction of the Big Ditch Trail, a multi-use path that provides a crucial north-south connector in the city's Heritage Trail Plan, linking 11 miles of existing paths. The trail also provides a safe route for children to ride their bikes and walk to school.
Page Valley Cycling will receive a $10,000 grant to help build a trail and pump track for new mountain bikers in Shenandoah, Virginia's, Big Gem Park. Page Valley Cycling has formed strong partnerships with the Town of Shenandoah, the Chamber of Commerce, and other local cycling groups to execute this project. They've also garnered grassroots support from volunteers and in-kind contributions from local businesses and laborers, and the design and flagging are being donated by IMBA Trail Solutions. The trail and pump track will provide the first natural-surface riding in Page County and serve as a gateway to mountain biking for its citizens. Our funding will help cover construction costs.
Funding will support partnership with Revolutions Bicycle Cooperative to recruit, train and incentivize 20 teens in South Memphis as Big Jump Youth Ambassadors.
PeopleForBikes' early contribution is helping to jumpstart this project to build a bike park on the south side of Chicago. Big Marsh Bike Park will be a playground for cycling! It puts family-friendly bike trails as well as world-class venues for mountain biking, cyclocross racing, and trail riding within minutes of southeast Chicago communities, and just 20 minutes from the Chicago Loop. A local and regional attraction, the bike park is the cornerstone of Big Marsh.
PeopleForBikes provided funding in support of Bike Austin's reorganization under a new Executive Director.
This $10,000 grant helped SABA to promote and complete a "bicycle demonstration project" in response to the Federal Highway Administration's National Bicycling and Walking Study.
This comprehensive advocacy campaign will help Bike Durham develop a complete multimodal network. Their ambitious goal: A city commitment to fund and implement 125 miles of slow streets, protected bike lanes and greenway infrastructure by 2025.
Bikes Belong awarded $5,000 to the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition to help them conduct a Bike Education and Safety program using the League of American Bicyclists LCI curriculum.
Grant funds will be used to bolster the newly-launched Bike Friendly Business program which seeks to build support for bicycling and green lanes among businesses and to develop new partnerships with business owners and managers. In addition to displaying their support for bicycling, Active Trans will recruit business champions to take a more visible role by signing and posting petitions, writing letters to the editor, and connecting with other businesses around this issue. The local REI will serve as a model Bike Friendly Business and help with workshops and other business programming.
The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition will work with LA's bike-friendly council districts and surrounding communities—including Pasadena, Culver City, Burbank, Long Beach, Glendale, and Santa Monica—to build upon regional bike-friendly efforts.
The Borderland Historical Society will encourage bicycle tours and other recreational riders to experience Oroville and the greater North Okanogan County by adding to the bicycle amenities at their tourism center. This grant of $1,250 will help purchase and install a bicycle repair station and make more copies of the local trail map available to visitors.
The Steel Yard’s Weld to Work program joins training for low income community members with attractive and functional bike parking to create a win for Rhode Islanders. With PeopleForBikes support, the Steel Yard will install 32 beautiful bike racks free of charge to communities in need across the state.
Cook Inlet Housing Authority and businesses along Spenard Road are working together to make the neighborhood more appealing to people on bikes. In alignment with the road redesign which adds wider sidewalks and bike lanes, this $6,000 grant will match funding from local businesses to build and install 20-24 custom bike racks along the business corridor. These racks will make it easier and safer for bicyclists to visit merchants.
The City of Center Line will make it easier for its residents and the local workforce to use their bikes to connect to transit with a $3,840 grant to install bike racks at each of the 37 bus stops in the city. While this inner ring Detroit suburb is small in geography (1.7 square miles!), they hope to provide a model for neighboring communities by encouraging more travel by bike and bus.
The United Gospel Rescue Mission will use this grant to purchase and install racks to provide secure bike parking for the homeless population that access its services in Poplar Bluff, Missouri.
Fatbikes provide new options for transportation and recreation in snowy states. This grant will help the town of Valdez make riding a true year-round activity. Levitation 49 will use its PeopleForBikes grant to install three bike repair stations in key locations and purchase a grooming attachment to create bike lanes along Nordic and multi-use winter trails.
This study will analyze the impact of Nice Ride station usage levels on local consumer-oriented business activity. With the help of this $7,500 grant, University of Minnesota researchers will survey and interview businesses within a quarter-mile of selected stations for information about changes in sales and in the number and type of customer visits. They will also include questions in the Nice Ride subscriber survey about expenditures and use of the bike share system. The data will help the team evaluate bike share station impact on local businesses and, more broadly, in the Twin Cities area.
We approved a $7,500 grant to the Billings Parks, Recreation and Preservation Foundation for its BikeNet project to build a new bike trail from the Yellowstone River into downtown Billings along the existing rail corridor.
We approved a $10,000 grant to the Billings Parks, Recreation and Preservation Foundation for its BikeNet project to build a new bike trail from the Yellowstone River into downtown Billings along the existing rail corridor.
This youth-driven project, growing directly out of Bikes Not Bombs’ Bicyclists Organizing for Community Action project, will place a bike park or pump track in one of the three neighborhoods where most of the program’s students live. This facility will be the first of its kind in the area and the organization is working closely with the City of Boston to identify an appropriate site.
The Woodstock, Georgia, chapter of the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) is using its $10,000 grant to expand the popular mountain bike trail system at Blankets Creek. Plans include extending the beginner loop and creating an advanced loop with technical terrain. SORBA has more than 2,200 members and a great deal of community support. They've garnered significant funding for the trail project from individuals and local businesses, and they have tremendous support from many bike shops in northern Georgia.
The Cape Fear Cyclists will use their $9,435 grant to complete a mountain bike trail and begin building a BMX track at the Blue Clay Bike Park in Wilmington, North Carolina. This new facility includes the only legal trails for mountain bikers in the area, and is one of the few places where young people can ride in a car-free environment. When complete, the bike park will also include a skills area and pump track.
The Cape Fear Cyclists work to create great opportunities for everyone who rides a bicycle in southeastern NC—from recreational cyclists, bike commuters, and road racers, to mountain bikers and BMX riders. As part of the Blue Clay project, CFC is pushing for bike lanes that will connect the park with the community college, downtown Wilmington, and other parks.
The Cascade Bicycle Club will continue to work with their city to bolster important bicycling initiatives that can serve as models for aspiring Bicycle Friendly Communities. Work includes developing Seattle's Bicycle Master Plan, Complete Streets ordinance, and Bike Smart Seattle program.
The Cache County Trails Coalition used a $2,000 grant to help connect communities throughout Cache County with bicycle facilities. Our funding supported Phase I, which included construction of a path to link downtown Logan and the Utah University campus.
PeopleForBikes will help support a fundraising event hosted by Mayor A C Wharton, to be held on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at Wiseacre Brewery. Wiseacre is located on Broad Avenue and is adjacent to the Overton Broad Connector.
Charleston Moves will use this grant award to power its campaign to add to, retrofit or redesign three crossings of the Ashley River. Bridges that are safe and accessible to people on bike or on foot are critical to equitably connecting the residential and work centers of Charleston, North Charleston and the entire county.
This $5,000 grant helped the Village of Oakwood construct a multi-use path along Broadway Avenue. The path, which is part of the greater Oakwood Fitness Trail system, accesses the central business district, and encourages active living.
The Hoosier Mountain Bike Association (HMBA) received $10,000 to develop 10 more miles of sustainable mountain bike trails in Brown County State Park—the first state park in Indiana to allow mountain bike access. Bikes Belong funding will help match a Recreational Trails Program grant for trail construction, which HMBA will use to build singletrack for seasoned riders and new mountain bikers, alike.
A $2,500 grant assisted the Town of Concord Massachusetts in building a 3.5-mile segment of the Bruce Freeman Trail through their township. This segment connects to another 20 miles of Bruce Freeman trail as well as other state trails.
An $8,000 grant is supporting Team Evergreen Trailblazers' trail work in the Buffalo Creek Recreation Area of the Pike National Forest. This network is a major destination for mountain bikers from the Denver and Colorado Springs metro areas.
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is partnering with contacts at City Hall, in city agencies, and among business leaders to build the case for how bicycling will benefit the many businesses in San Francisco. Engaging at both the grassroots level with businesses located on proposed green lane corridors, and the grasstops level with influential business leaders, this effort will reach a key constituency that will ultimately affect decision makers and the general public as well. SFBC will work with REI to spread the word about green lanes and involve them in outreach events and initiatives.
The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia will use their grant award to develop a bike lane toolkit to help supporters take action and contact their district councilpersons, work with young athletes to be spokespeople for better bicycle infrastructure, develop and post maps of proposed bike lanes, and develop a candidate questionnaire to boos support for installation of 75 new miles of bike lanes and 30 miles of protected bike lanes.
We awarded a $10,000 grant to the Bicycle Alliance of Washington to aid its efforts to complete the final segment of the Burke-Gilman Trail.
A $5,000 grant supported the Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) in its effort to complete the final phase of development in the Cable, Hayward, and Seeley clusters, creating 28 miles of continuous singletrack at this well-loved mountain bike destination. Our funding bolstered significant contributions from CAMBA members and the community, as well as generous support from the state's bike industry.
This grant helped the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) regain mountain bike access to Saguaro National Park’s Cactus Forest Trail—the first legal singletrack open to mountain bikes in a national park.
The City of Carrollton's Greenbelt Committee received $7,500 to build a spur trail that will link residential neighborhoods with the Greenbelt multi-use path. When all phases of the project are complete, the Greenbelt will circumnavigate the city, connecting schools, parks, and neighborhoods with stores and businesses.
This $10,000 award to the Cedar Trails Partnership will match state and federal funds to rebuild the Wolf Creek Bridge. When complete, the Cedar Valley Nature Trail and the American Discovery Trail will once again connect, allowing users to enjoy the entire 52-mile trail network.
This grant would fund a high profile celebration of the coming bike share as a hook to get even more business leaders to attend. Bike share will launch in Austin in December. Many of Austin’s elite companies – C3 Entertainment, Cirrus Logic, KUT/KUTX, GSDM, SXSW, Whole Foods Market, etc. - are founding investors in Bike Share. Many other high growth companies – BazaarVoice, Chaotic Moon, Facebook, Mutual Mobile, National Instruments, RetailMeNot, etc. - want to become involved. Most business leaders rather immediately respond positively to the successes of bike share elsewhere. We are proposing a pre-launch celebration in mid November (most likely November, 12th) to accomplish several important outcomes. Movability Austin, Bike Share Austin, Downtown Austin Alliance and others would host a high profile social event with music, hors d'oeuvre and adult beverages. During the event we would schedule a welcome and “celebratory” toasts from key attendees recognizing the people and companies sharing in the coming launch of bike share in Austin.
We awarded $10,000 to the Town of Berlin, VT, to match funds designated for design and construction of a 4-mile portion of the Central Vermont Region Path, from Montpelier to Berlin.
With PeopleForBikes funding, the Central Ohio Mountain Bike Organization will complete the pump track, skills park, and a 2-mile beginner loop at Chestnut Ridge. Added to the 8 miles of existing single track, these new facilities will greatly improve the only ride center in Central Ohio.
This $10,000 grant award supported the efforts of Chicagoland Bicycle Federation (now Active Transportation Alliance) to win construction of the Navy Pier Flyover. The project, to be managed and built by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) will eliminate a major safety and access problem for people on bike and on foot.
CicLAvia, sponsored by the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, will use our funding to launch LA's first Ciclovia this September, setting the stage for seasonal, monthly events in 2011 The city of Lost Angeles has committed $175,000 to the effort.
The Presidio Community YMCA was awarded a $5,000 grant to expand the reach of City Bike—an after-school bicycle education, health, and safety program for middle-school students.
The City of Dayton, OH is adding beginner to advanced pump tracks, a perimeter trail with skill features and a progression jump zone to the existing Welcome Park with the help of this $8,000 grant from PeopleForBikes. The City is working with local non-profits to donate bikes for area youth to use, encouraging more neighborhood residents to start riding.
This $4,500 grant helped Portland's Alliance for Transportation Choice plan and implement their city bicycle network, consisting of 25 miles of bikeways and routes linking the downtown area with recreational trails, beaches, neighborhoods, and suburban communities.
We awarded $5,000 to the City of Cadillac, Michigan, to help build the Clam River Greenway, a 1-mile bike/ped path between the city center and the 92-mile White Pine Trail system.
This $10,000 grant from PeopleForBikes joins local, state and federal funding for the Riverwalk Trail, part of Cleveland Metroparks’ exciting redevelopment at Rivergate Park along the Cuyahoga River. The future 1.1 mile trail will link several existing paths, connect to neighborhoods and area attractions, and provide access from downtown to the new Rivergate Park.
ClevelandBikes received $10,000 to develop and promote an urban bike station. The facility will be downtown near the transit hub, which is accessed by a network of bike lanes and designated routes, making it easily accessible for commuters. The site, which was donated by the city, is also near the Quicken Loans Arena (The Q), and the station will be able to provide secure bike parking for events.
The Mystic River Watershed Association will use this grant to fund community outreach and design and engineering for a critical half-mile link on the Mystic River Greenway. Once complete, the Greenway will extend 10 miles and connect Medford city center with several parks, two transit stations, schools and residential areas.
The Whatcom Council of Governments, in Bellingham, Washington, received a $10,000 grant to help build a key link in the Coast Millennium Trail. The trail link will bypass a busy, narrow bridge that is currently a barrier between the popular Bellingham Greenways system and the northern continuation of the Coast Millennium Trail. This trail bypass will provide a safe route for commuters and school children. The group has already secured Safe Routes to School funding for the project, and they will use our funding to help match a state Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Grant. Local bike shops, the Mt. Baker Bicycle Club, and many others are very supportive of this important project.
This half-mile trail will provide easy and efficient access to the 48-mile Mon River Rail-Trail from residential areas and businesses along the Collins Ferry Road. The Monongahela River Trails Conservancy will use their $5,000 grant to leverage $60,000 in federal funding to surface and sign this key connector.
The Moab Trails Alliance was awarded $7,000 to help develop a bike and pedestrian bridge over the Colorado River. Completed in 2008, this bridge provides safe access to the trails and facilities west of town, which were previously accessed by a narrow, heavily used highway bridge.
This year, Columbus will join the growing list of cities hosting an open streets day to introduce its residents to the idea of using their roads for something besides driving. This $5,000 grant to Consider Biking will help support the city’s inaugural event in September 2014.
Grant funding will support the initial start-up costs for this important statewide bicycle advocacy organization.
Our first grantee in the state of Kansas, the Community Connection Trail Coalition received $10,000 towards construction of a multi-use path that will connect Strong City and Cottonwood Falls. These two communities, currently divided by a busy highway, share schools, athletic fields, a library, and a youth center. The path will enable kids to ride their bikes to these destinations instead of shuttling back and forth in their parent's cars. It will also provide a link for bike commuters and a recreational route for people of all ages to access the trails in the National Tallgrass Prairie Preserve.
The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition (ABC) is working with the Atlanta Regional Commission and Georgia's Department of Transportation to enact Complete Streets policies and guide bicycle facility design. They're also helping to increase awareness through Bike Month and Bike to Work Week participation programs. ABC's unique approach to enforcement combines enacting new legislation and partnering with the police department to plan targeted-enforcement "stings" and update crash reporting and investigative techniques. Best practices from their enforcement work will serve as good models for other communities.
The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition will use innovations from the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide in this project to connect two segments of existing bike lanes along a popular corridor. Partners Georgia Tech, the City of Atlanta, and the Midtown Alliance share the goals of increasing safety and accessibility while making riding an appealing transportation option on campus and throughout the city. Our grant of $10,000 will fund material costs while leveraging in-kind donations of engineering and design work.
This $10,000 grant will help the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Education Fund lead community outreach efforts and engage stakeholders in the planning and design of three priority crosstown bikeways. In partnership with the Department of Public Health, the Mayor’s Office, and David Baker Partners, this project will help San Francisco work toward its goal of 20% bicycling mode share by 2020.
Coos Cycling Club will use this funding to connect the existing mountain bike trail network in Gorham to the downtown area with three related projects: improvements to the main “Pipeline” trail, addition of an easy climbing trail and construction of a loop trail with skills features.
This critical advocacy project spearheaded by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition will transform three key corridors by adding conventional and protected bike lanes. The PeopleForBikes grant of $10,000 will join support from Ponce Street Market, MailChimp, and the City to build community, business, and leadership support, examine the multiple effects of these changes, and work to secure infrastructure funding.
Bike Newton joined with students at the two area high schools to develop a plan for adding covered bike parking. The project will incorporate solar powered air pumps and lighting, public art space and bike routes to the parking areas. The project was designed by greengineering students and will be built by students from Newton North's carpentry program.
Local businesses, foundations, and town and county governments are joining the Covered Bridge Gateway Trails Association in building the first of 10 planned miles of trail that will ultimately connect to the National Heritage and B&O Trails. Our grant of $5,000 will help fund the first section extending from Roseville to Rockville, Indiana, and demonstrate the benefits of having a place to ride and walk comfortably and safely. Local leaders see this project as an engine for tourism and economic development that will build on the one million people that come to the area for the Covered Bridge Festival every year.
The Black Hills Mountain Bike Association received $5,000 expand the singletrack on Cowboy Hill. Our funding will help match a federal Recreational Trails Program grant for the project. BHMBA has hired IMBA Trail Solutions to assist with sustainable trail design and initial construction, and the rest of the job will be handled by dedicated volunteers.
The Family Friendly Bikeways campaign seeks to build momentum among suburban communities looking to take their bike networks to the next level. The goal of the campaign is to move a diverse group of suburban communities along the network development spectrum through focused advocacy, outreach, and technical assistance. PeopleForBikes' support will enable Active Trans to devote additional staff resources and contribute to the development and implementation of six target community workshops and local action plans.
This PeopleForBikes grant will help the Cacapon Resort State Park foundation build a 2.6-mile, beginner-level mountain bike trail to complement the existing advanced trails throughout the park. This addition will create a trail loop that meets the requirements for NICA mountain bike team races, helping support the local team as well as residents and visitors from near and far.
Kids on Bikes (KOB) will use these grant dollars to build a pump track next to an elementary school and near an existing trail network. Once complete, KOB will bring their “Earn A Bike” program, group rides, bicycle camps, and bicycle training to support the facility’s use. Partnerships with local schools and bicycling organizations will help make Cresta Bike Park a site of safe, accessible outdoor recreation for students and youth in the community.
This project was generously funded by Tern Bicycles.
We provided a $5,000 grant to the Citizen Trails Advisory Committee to help design and construct a missing link in the northern section of the 25-mile Crestmont Trail. This grant award leveraged TEA-21 money and helped link local parks, schools, and neighborhoods by multi-use path.
The Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew will help more people “ride to their ride” with this 4+ mile single track trail from the City of Cuyuna to the popular Yawkey trails. A local funder is matching contributions, further leveraging PeopleForBikes’ $5,000 grant.
A $10,000 grant helped the Cuyuna Lakes Trail Association construct two sections of paved trail that connect an elementary school, a senior housing facility, and a community center to the five miles of existing trail in Crosby, Minnesota. When complete, the 39-mile Cuyuna Lakes State Trail will link to the popular Paul Bunyan Trail as well as an IMBA Ride Center currently under development, enabling people to extend their rides and introducing bike-path enthusiasts to the sport of mountain biking. Our funding leveraged grants from several local foundations and trusts as well as a state bond for the trail system, which is a priority project for Congressman Jim Oberstar.
Bikes Belong's first-ever grant was to the Washington Area Bicycling Association (WABA) to help develop the Metro Branch Trail. When finished, this complex, multi-year project will provide a non-motorized route from northeast D.C. to downtown.
Bikes Belong's first-ever grant was to the Washington Area Bicycling Association (WABA) to help develop the Metro Branch Trail. When finished, this complex, multi-year project will provide a non-motorized route from northeast D.C. to downtown, linking sev
The first car-free streets day in Dallas will not only provide a safe and fun event for the local community, it will also show the appeal of car-free public spaces. The event will include a design contest to demonstrate how a dedicated bicycle facility can be added to an existing bridge to connect the bustling neighborhood of Oak Cliff with downtown. With the recent unanimous adoption of the City of Dallas Bicycle Plan and broad public support for bicycling, this $5,000 grant will further the quick wins Dallas needs to make bicycle infrastructure projects permanent.
The Deckers Creek Trail is part of a 48-mile trail network connecting downtown Morgantown with communities across three counties. Utilized by riders of all ages and abilities, the trail provides direct routes to and from schools, work, shopping centers, and parks, and is incorporated into West Virginia University Hospitals’ rehabilitation and wellness programs. This $10,000 grant will allow the Monongahela River Trails Conservancy to complete critical repairs to the trail surface and foundation while improving drainage and stabilizing the stream banks to prevent further erosion. These necessary repairs will keep the trail system accessible to thousands of users each year.
Through participation on the Denver Bike Initiative committees, Bike Denver will help the city to implement a bike-share program and improve city infrastructure and policies related to cycling. BikeDenver plans to work with their state group, Bicycle Colorado, to help update the Colorado DMV manuals and tests to include bike-specific information and questions—a key enforcement initiative. They'll also encourage more people to participate in Bike to Work Day through their Bike Pool program, and expand their successful Bike Valet at major events this year.
A $10,000 grant helped Bicycle Colorado in their effort to insure that a bikeway in included among the preferred alternatives of the Colorado Department of Transportation's US 36 corridor improvement project.
Neighbors Building Neighborhoods of Muskogee will use this grant to install bike racks in the newly renovated Depot District public space. The bike parking will serve people riding to downtown attractions including the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and Muskogee Little Theater.
A $10,000 grant helped the Derry Rail Trail Alliance pave 2 miles of path connecting their namesake trail to the Windham Rail Trail and the Derry Bike Loop. This new connector section of the Derry Rail Trail is also part of the Salem to Concord Bikeway, a 25-mile multi-use path from Concord, New Hampshire, to the Massachusetts border. Our funding helped match donations from several local foundations, individual and business donations, and in-kind contributions of environmental assessment and engineering work.
PeopleForBikes’ grant will help complete phase two of the only mountain bike park in El Paso. A mountain bike trail and an advanced jump line will provide progressive park features that serve all ages and abilities, building on the project support that Desert Downs BMX has generated from local businesses, the city, and area residents.
PeopleForBikes’ grant of $5,000 will help the Huntsville Madison County Marina & Port Authority add a 2-mile extension to the network of greenways along the Tennessee River. In conjunction with the City of Huntsville, the organization’s five-year plan will continue this expansion with connections to a local high school and residential areas.
The Greater Houston Off-Road Biking Association (GHORBA) will receive $10,000 to help expand the mountain bike trail system at Double Lake Recreation Area, one hour north of Houston, Texas. The grant will enable GHORBA, an all-volunteer group, to speed trail construction by hiring professional trail builders, helping meet the increasing demand for mountain bike trails in the area. Bikes Belong's funding will serve as a match for a Recreational Trails Program grant.
A $10,000 grant will go to the Greater Houston Off-Road Bicycling Association (GHORBA) to help expand the trail network at Double Lake Recreation Area. Although Bikes Belong supported this project last year, Hurricane Ike destroyed nearly 2,000 volunteer-hours worth of work; this grant will help rebuild what was lost.
As part of a citywide goal to boost bicycling mode share to 25%, BTA is working to build strong business support for two new routes: a north/south connection through downtown and bridgehead improvements that will link the new routes to the existing network. BTA will personally connect with business owners to understand and address their concerns and priorities and to share information on how better bicycle facilities can benefit the bottom line. Longtime partner REI will help with communications, events, and meeting space.
This $10,000 grant to Prescott Alternative Transportation leverages $1.2 million dollars of Transportation Enhancements dollars to help build momentum for three key projects: the SR89/SR69 Interchange, Bikeway and Walkway, and Prescott Rails-to-Trails, Phase II.
A strong relationship between the City of Duluth and the Cyclists of Gichee Gumee Shores is transforming multiple small mountain bike trails into a single trail system of more than 100 miles. Our $10,000 grant will help complete the system to link seven biking centers, connect neighborhoods directly to trails, and turn Duluth into an epic destination for mountain biking enthusiasts from all across the Midwest.
The City of Charleston received $10,000 to help match SAFETEA-LU funds allocated for a bike/ped pathway on East Bay Street. The path will serve as a critical link for cyclists between the new bikeway on the Cooper River bridge and Charleston's downtown, making it particularly useful for bike commuters.
PeopleForBikes funding will help the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park add 6.5 miles of intermediate trail to the existing East Rim Trail network. Cuyahoga Valley National Park will partner with the local Cleveland Area Mountain Biking Association to provide volunteer labor to construct and maintain these trails with the goal of increasing mountain biking in northeast Ohio.
This $6,000 grant will help the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, in partnership with the University of Northern Iowa Sustainable Tourism and Environment Program, study the statewide economic impacts of bicycling by looking at retail sales, tourism, and bicycling-related events. With the goal of completing the study by the end of 2011, the Coalition will use the results to guide policy development and spur investments in bicycle transportation and infrastructure.
The Three Rivers Park District received a $10,000 grant to help construct 7.7 miles of singletrack in Elm Creek Park Reserve. This trail helped to meet a need for singletrack in the northern suburbs of Minneapolis and, because it connects to 20 miles of multi-use path, it serves as a gateway to mountain biking in the park. Our funding helped match a Recreational Trails Program grant for the trail system, which is maintained by volunteers from MORC, the Minnesota Off Road Cyclists.
Working in partnership with local non-profits and low-income/affordable housing sites, Ghisallo Cycling Initiative will provide bikes, locks and helmets to residents, and use this funding to build and install two bike parking corrals where they can be secured.
The City of Enid, Oklahoma, is using their $5,000 grant to begin construction on its comprehensive multi-use trail system. Enid, a rural community north of Oklahoma City, currently has no trails for active transportation and recreation—and 98 percent of its street infrastructure is without sidewalks. Their "Master Trail" system, as it's come to be called, will improve the quality of life in Enid by providing residents with a safe, inviting route for walking, running, and bicycling.
Our grant will help match Oklahoma Department of Transportation grants and local funds for path construction. The City of Enid hopes this pathway project will serve as a model for other communities in their state.
Bikemore will use PeopleForBikes’ $7,500 grant to create and manage a community outreach initiative and online bike rack request system to add an additional 100 bike racks in Baltimore City. Baltimore City Department of Transportation will provide the racks, and Bikemore will work to ensure timely installation.
Alaska Trails used our funding to help construct 8 miles of singletrack-the first in the Fairbanks area-to complement the existing doubletrack trails at popular Ester Dome, in the Happy Valley drainage. The trail helped reduce crowding and user conflicts experienced on the doubletrack, which is also open to motorized users, and create a more tranquil experience for mountain bikers, trail runners, and snowshoers. Alaska Trails received two Recreational Trails Program grants as well as significant local support for this trail project, which set the stage for an entire network of singletrack at Ester Dome. This was our organization's first grant to the state of Alaska.
T.R.U.S.T. South LA will use their grant of $7,500 to help the Central Avenue corridor become more bike-friendly on the eight miles from downtown to Watts. This advocacy project aims to build community support for bicycle infrastructure while boosting ridership through pop-up demonstrations of improvements like bike lanes, bike parking, better crosswalks and parklets.
The Friends of the Falling Waters Trail received $10,000 to help expand their local trail system. This grant will leverage state funding to grade and pave a 10.5-mile abandoned railbed from Jackson to Concord, Michigan, providing a safe place for bicyclists of all ages and abilities to ride. It will also connect to an existing 3.5-mile pathway that spans the town of Jackson, enhancing opportunities for bike commuters.
PeopleForBikes’ grant will fund a bike repair station and bike racks for the Community Center and multigenerational playground on the Pine Ridge Reservation. This project is part of a larger development led by the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation to provide community and recreational spaces for the Lakota people.
Farmer City BMX will use grant funding to convert the starting hill from dirt to asphalt and improve erosion control.
The City of Farmington will use this grant to add a pump track to the existing Sycamore Park. This location was selected based on neighborhood need for a safe place to bike and the programming and resources provided at the adjacent Sycamore Community Center.
PeopleForBikes grant of $10,000 will help River Action, Inc. provide a safe route over a busy four-lane highway for people on bike and on foot. The reconstruction of this historic railroad bridge will connect downtown Davenport to the River Heritage Park, Mississippi River Trail and American Discovery Trail.
The City of Fitchburg received $5,000 to help build a BMX park next to the existing Joubert Skate Park. Conflict between skaters and BMXers at the skate park caused the city to evaluate its options for pleasing both parties, and planners deemed separate facilities to be the best solution. Our funding enabled the City include a bank ramp and kicker in the park's design, making the facility more exciting for BMX riders.
The Safe and Active Flint Coalition received $5,000 to improve bike safety and awareness through a Sharrow program. They identified Sharrows—pavement markings encouraging cars and bicycles to share the road—as key to marking the first designated bike routes in the city.
PeopleForBikes’ $3,400 grant will be used to help close the funding gap in a key 1.39-mile segment of the Folsom Trail. When complete, this link will connect the 100-mile Provo-Jordan River Parkway Trail from Provo to Ogden and to the Salt Lake City central business district.
This collaboration between the City of Colorado Springs, Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates and Kids On Bikes will bring a new bike park to an existing park. When complete, the park will include three beginner/intermediate mountain bike lines, a pump track and a traffic garden and will offer programming to help kids learn to ride and keep pedaling.
*This award was supported by a grant from REI.
This $10,000 grant award helped MORE to reroute and construct three sections of machine-built trail in Fountainhead Park, replacing eroding, unsustainable trails and improving the riding experience. The new segments of trail—phase one of four planned for this park in the D.C. Metro area—are the first step in completing a safe, sustainable stacked-loop system for mountain bikers of varying abilities. The Conservation Fund and IMBA have also contributed to this project.
As part of their mission to promote youth leadership through bicycling, FreeWheels Bike Clubs are working with students from two middle schools to build an off-road bike path in their community. The completed trail will connect two neighborhoods and link to the mountain bike trails the group is also constructing. PeopleForBikes’ $1,500 grant will pay for trailbuilding supplies and volunteer days.
Columbia, Missouri's PedNet received $10,000 to launch the pilot of their bicycle safety and education program, "From Proficiency to Practice." This three-stage program will begin this fall by teaching bicycling basics to 600 fourth graders, training children in safe bike handling through an after-school program, and establishing a Bike Train for kids who want to ride to school.
Note: PeopleForBikes no longer funds education grants.
Grant funds will support education, outreach and promotion of the protected bike lanes being installed as part of Memphis' participation in the Green Lane Project.
Funding will be used for wayfinding signs to and on the multi-use path that connects to Gateway Green and to Gateway Green itself. Gateway Green is a new 25-acre park located between two interstate highways in east Portland, and includes the Dirt Lab featuring single track trails, bike jumps, a pump track and skills area.
This $10,000 grant to the Grand Canyon National Park Foundation helped construct the Gateway Trail in Grand Canyon National Park. The grant provided a portion of the local match required to activate $2.7 million in federal funding.
The Des Moines County Nature Trails Association (DMCNTA) received $7,500 to help complete their Gateway Project in Burlington, Iowa. This 1.5-mile trail will be a bicycle and pedestrian "gateway" to the town, and will connect the city and county portions of the popular River to Lake Trail.
This grant of $7,500 will help Gearing Up launch a partnership with an alternative sentencing court and a mental health agency to help women in transition from abuse, addiction, and incarceration leverage the power of the bicycle as a tool for independence and physical and emotional health. PeopleForBikes support joins in-kind donations from Advanced Sports Inc./Fuji Bikes and Saris Cycling Group on this innovative program to reach an underserved population of women.
This $10,000 grant to the Salem Area Trail Alliance (SATA) funded a paved pump track for beginners and a jumpline at the existing Geer Community Park. SATA’s partnerships with the City of Salem, the National Park Systems River, Trails, and Conservation Program, West Salem Business Association and several local businesses built support and momentum for the new facility.
Movability Austin will use their grant to conduct research examining how downtown businesses view bicycling as a mode of transportation, their barriers to supporting bicycling, and what factors they care about during design and construction of bicycle facilities. Utilizing the results, the organization will work with a Project Advisory Team made up of local leaders to address business concerns and forge strategies on how to partner with the business community on bicycling issues. Collaboration with their local REI will likely come at the conclusion of the research as they seek to disseminate it and implement its lessons.
Grant funding will help COMBA to construct the first phase of the Golden Bike Park. This project has received great support from IMBA as well as the local bike community and promises to get lots of use from mountain bikers across the Front Range.
The City of Conway has ambitious plans for incorporating bicycle and pedestrian friendly infrastructure into its community and this $2,250 grant will contribute to those efforts. New bicycle-safe drainage grates and a redesigned trail crossing at U.S. Highway 378 will improve the connection between an existing recreation center, a new recreation complex, neighboring subdivisions, and a low-income neighborhood. Conway sees this project as an important part of its goal to create a bike route around the city and ultimately connect to the East Coast Greenway.
PeopleForBikes awarded a $10,000 grant to the League of Illinois Bicyclists for the continued coordination of the Grand Illinois Trail, a 535-mile loop route consisting of off-road trails and on-road connections in Northern Illinois.
Children and youth from the whole community will learn bicycle handling and riding skills on this traffic garden with a miniature street pattern and pump track in the Civic Center park. Norte Youth Cycling will offer programming to schools and provide loaner bikes for anyone who needs one.
Bikes Belong's $10,000 grant to the Allegheny Trail Alliance supported the coalition's efforts to extend the popular rail trail from Cumberland, MD, to Pittsburgh, PA. Our award helped leverage TEA-21 funding for trail construction.
The Vermont Mountain Bike Association (VMBA) received $9,200 for their Green Mountain National Forest Access Program. This grant is helping VMBA reconstruct and extend three sections of singletrack in the Green Mountain National Forest's Moosalamoo National Recreation Area—previously off-limits to mountain bikes. Our funding is leveraging a National Forest Foundation grant as well as state funding for this important mountain bike initiative. VMBA, the state's stellar mountain bike advocacy group, works to increase ridership in Vermont while minimizing impact on public lands through sustainable trailbuilding and stewardship. They also foster active, healthy lifestyles through Trailheads, their youth mountain biking program, and are working to promote mountain biking at eastern ski areas in the summer months.
Livable Memphis, in partnership with the City of Memphis and the Historic Broad Avenue Business District, will use this $10,000 grant to help construct a two-mile separated bikeway connecting Overton Park with the Shelby Farms Park Greenline. This critical segment will link two parks, a low-income neighborhood, multiple businesses, and a local community center and make cycling an easy and safe transportation option.
The City of Gresham, just east of Portland, received a $7,500 grant from us to help construct Phase II of the Gresham—Fairview Trail. This multi-use path will provide a north-south route for bike commuters and recreation riders as well as pedestrians. It will also link two existing paths and two proposed trails in Gresham.
PeopleForBikes grant will support WABA's efforts to help communities outside the urban core of Washington, DC build grassroots action committees to advocate for protected bike lanes on key corridors. WABA will support existing action committees in Montgomery County and Prince George's County and bolster fledgling committees in Arlington and Alexandria, using the lessons learned in Washington, DC.
When a member of the United Citizens Association saw a row of bicycles chained to the fence bordering the trail near a local high school, he knew there was a better option. The Association will match this $800 grant award from PeopleForBikes to purchase secure bike racks for two of Hammond’s high schools this summer.
The Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin used our grant for the construction and implementation of the Hank Aaron Trail. Located in Milwaukee, the trail links the Miller Park baseball stadium with Lakeshore State Park and the Summerfest Grounds.
The Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin used our grant for the construction and implementation of the Hank Aaron Trail. Located in Milwaukee, the trail links the Miller Park baseball stadium with Lakeshore State Park and the Summerfest Grounds.
The Harrison Downtown Development & Revitalization Foundation received a $5,000 grant to help the Harrison BMX/Skatepark Committee build a new facility in their town. The park will be part of revitalization efforts in the historic downtown area, replacing jumps and ramps local BMX riders and skaters have constructed in a dilapidated parking lot. This grant award is contingent on the group receiving federal stimulus funding for the project. They've already gained significant support from the Tony Hawk Foundation, FedEx, their local McDonalds, and several individual donors.
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition received $10,000 to campaign for car-free Saturdays in Golden Gate Park. This initiative, based on the 40-year success of car-free Sundays in the park, will expand opportunities for safe cycling in the city.
The City of Gastonia, North Carolina, will use a $10,000 grant to help pave the Highland Rail Trail. This multi-use path, which will weave through a neighborhood whose residents are heavily dependent on walking and bicycling for transportation, will create a safe commuting route as well as a beautiful recreation corridor.
In addition to our funding, the city received grants from two local foundations and was also awarded a Recreational Trails Program grant.
Historic locations and other key destinations in this small border town will add bike parking with help from this PeopleForBikes grant. The City will add racks for up to 10 bikes on Main Street, the central plaza, at schools and shopping areas.
The Mountain Trails Foundation received $3,000 to help extend the Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail in Park City. This popular route provides a safe, paved path for children, families, recreational cyclists, and commuters, and an adjacent compacted-gravel path for trail runners and mountain bikers. It also connects to an extensive system of mountain biking and hiking trails. The grant will serve as leverage on an application for SAFETEA-LU funding to improve 23 additional miles of abandoned railway, extending the multi-use route.
Mountain Bike the Tetons will use this grant to make trail improvements allowing youth mountain bike programs and the local NICA team to use more of the trail network. By rerouting the existing Bovine Trail, beginner and intermediate riders will be able to access more of the network while improving its sustainability.
The Backcountry Bicycle Trails Club was awarded $5,000 to help with their transformation of a previously unusable piece of land to a 2-acre mountain bike skills park beneath Seattle's Interstate 5.
This $10,000 grant helped the nonprofit Idaho Velodrome and Cycling Park (IVCP) in Eagle, Idaho, to build a downhill trail—part of Phase II of the park's multidisciplinary design. This trail enhanced the park—which already had dirt jumps for all levels, a fully irrigated dual-slalom and mountain-cross course, two pump tracks, a skills park, and 10 miles of cross country mountain bike trails. This ambitious group also plans to expand the skills park, build a BMX track, and add race infrastructure in Phase II, insuring that there's something for every rider at IVCP. A contribution from REI, local funding, and a lot of elbow grease (more than 6,000 volunteer hours) from the Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association's (SWIMBA) dedicated members have helped make this visionary facility possible.
The project will create an on-street connector between the city of McKeesport and the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) trail that connects to Pittsburgh (and to DC at the other end). The new bikeway will provide a safe cycling alternative to the currently used trail connection.
Grant funding will help BikeMN increase its advocacy capacity and lobbying support to ensure that bicycling and walking are included in a significant way in 2015 transportation funding bills. BikeMN will develop a strong statewide grassroots campaign and experienced lobbyists on both sides of the aisle to ensure that funding for bicycling, walking, and safe routes to school is maintained or increased.
The Mountain Watershed Association is a grassroots group transforming abandoned railroad beds in western Pennsylvania into scenic trails that attract visitors and provide recreation and transportation options for residents as well. This $10,000 grant helped fund the construction of the Donegal Township Bridge, connecting 43 miles of trail to 7.5-mile segment that leads into Springfield Township. Economic development from increased tourism is one project goal in this rural part of the Laurel Highlands region where destinations including Ohiopyle State Park and the Great Allegheny Passage draw millions of visitors annually.
INDYCOG, the bicycle advocacy group serving Indianapolis, is partnering with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to help five underserved urban neighborhoods develop bicycle infrastructure plans that improve current bike routes and add more to serve key destinations. This $10,000 grant will fund planning summits in all five neighborhoods. The City of Indianapolis has committed to incorporating the results of these community-led events into their master bicycle planning document.
This $25,000 grant will fund green pavement treatments on sections of The Wiggle, a critical bicycle route that connects downtown San Francisco with neighborhoods to the west. These on-street markings will visually identify the network, brand the street as a unique and important bicycle route, and improve safety and accessibility for cyclists. The design is based on recommendations that came out of a recent ThinkBike Workshop hosted by the Dutch Embassy and inspired by a study tour we led in the Netherlands.
We provided a $3,000 grant to the Iowa Valley Resource Council to begin work on the Ioway Trail project. Once complete, this trail will span 80 miles and seven counties.
A $10,000 grant will help the Centerville-Washington Park District, along with the cities of Centerville and Kettering, Ohio, construct the Iron Horse Trail. The new bike path will eventually connect the communities of Centerville and Kettering (suburbs of Dayton) to an extensive multi-county trail network, enabling cyclists to commute by bike more easily and ride to recreation instead of driving to area paths. Our funding, a contribution from the William & Dorothy Yeck Nature Fund, and support from an area bike shop will leverage Clean Ohio Trail Funds for project construction.
We awarded a $10,000 grant to Jackson Hole Community Pathways to help expand the mountain bike trail system at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, in Wyoming's Bridger-Teton National Forest.
Extensive community engagement led to a redesign of this bridge, with the final product including protected bike lanes, walking and viewing areas. The City of Atlanta will end with a safer facility that also meets the needs of the neighborhood.
We awarded a $5,000 grant to the Nebraska Trails Foundation to help them develop Phase I the Jamaica North Trail, a 6-mile segment that is part of the greater path network in Lancaster County.
The Arlee Community Development Corporation is partnering with the local school district, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, and other state and local organizations to build the first trail system in this rural community on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Motivated by a high rate of childhood obesity and the absence of safe routes to school, the community is promoting active transportation and physical fitness. The Bikes Belong $10,000 grant will fund the first phase of the project, creating a set of “hub” trails connecting residents within a one mile radius with the school complex and town center.
Following the successful completion of Phase 1 trails, the Eastern Oregon Trail Alliance started planning for the addition of a skills area to provide more places to ride in this small community. PeopleForBikes’ grant will match significant investments of volunteer time to make the bike park a reality.
A strong foundation of volunteers and a recreation business base, along with a town committed to providing more recreational opportunities for its residents, is making this bike park vision a reality. The Town of Johnson will add a mountain bike skills track with 13 features and a bicycle repair stand to the existing park, a facility that will complement existing trails nearby and encourage more youth to ride.
A $5,000 grant helped the city and NEABC build four miles of a 30-mile greenway that connects residents and destinations in Jonesboro, paving the way for active transportation and recreation. The city also secured a Community Development and Tourism Block Grant, as well as funding from Arkansas State Parks & Tourism and the state's DOT for the multi-million-dollar path project.
Parks Foundation of Kalamazoo County, in partnership with the City of Kalamazoo, will finally connect two halves of the 22-mile trail with one mile of protected bike lane through the city itself. Using surveys and resident responses to a demonstration project in June 2015, local planners created an on-street link designed to be safe and appealing for all.
This $10,000 grant to Friends of the Katy Trail helped the group build and secure matching funding for roughly 3 miles of rail-trail in Dallas. The stretch of path is a crucial bike link between more than 10,000 schoolchildren and their schools, as well as a key step toward securing public and political support for the regional Veloweb, with a goal of 327 miles of bikeways by 2010.
PeopleForBikes’ grant funding will be used to transform planned bike lanes on 1.1 miles of a steep, heavily used street in Little Rock into protected bike lanes. Beyond making riding a bike safer and more comfortable for people in this neighborhood, this project will provide a model for future bicycle infrastructure projects.
PeopleForBikes funded Phase 1 of this planned 24.5 mile trail stretching from Main St. in Urbana to the Vermillion County fairgrounds west of Danville. Phase 1 consists of 10 miles of trail, 6.7 on the Urbana side, 3.3 miles on the Danville side and includes two railroad trestle bridges.
The first two miles of the Kings Mountain Gateway Trail opened in November 2009, and already the trail has become a popular recreation destination for Kings Mountain bikers, hikers, and walkers. This $5,000 grant will fund a 2.8 mile extension of the multi-use trail, including stream and rail crossings. The new trail will allow cyclists to start their ride from downtown Kings Mountain and improve connectivity within the town as well. Future phases of the trail will connect to nearby state parks, the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, the Kings Mountain National Military Park in South Carolina, the cities of Shelby and Cherryville, NC, and the Carolina Thread Trail. Land has also been allocated along the Kings Mountain Gateway Trail for three future singletrack mountain biking trails.
This $5,000 grant to the City of Ronceverte helped fund 5 miles of rail trail connecting the downtown area, a recreational park, and several schools. Our grant also leveraged Recreational Trails funding for the project.
The small community of La Harpe has been working to provide its residents with more opportunities for outdoor recreation. Thrive Allen County will use this grant award to build a pump track in the existing City Park, providing a place for those both young and old to get outside and ride.
New Orleans' Urban Conservancy, in partnership with Friends of Lafitte Corridor, received a $10,000 grant to create a planning document for a bike/ped greenway linking the French Quarter and Canal Boulevard. This path will connect neighborhoods, cultural features, historic sites, retail areas and public spaces while providing a safe route for children, bike commuters, recreational riders, and tourists.
PeopleForBikes matched funds raised by The Bike Lane in a pilot Retail Roundup program to support local bicycle infrastructure projects. The pump track will add a bike facility to the existing Lake Fairfax Park.
The Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers (BUMP) will receive $10,000 to help build the Lake Trail in Oak Mountain State Park. Our funds will leverage a Shelby County Grant for the project, helping BUMP to connect two sections of singletrack that are currently linked by a roadway while creating a 3-mile mountain-bike loop specifically for beginners. Oak Mountain State Park receives more than 500,000 visitors annually. BUMP, which has gained and maintained mountain-bike access in the park since 1990, anticipates that many of these outdoor enthusiasts would try mountain biking if beginner options were available. They hope the Lake Trail will bring new riders to their sport and encourage more people to actively enjoy the park.
A grant helped the Stearns County Parks Department pave a 10-mile portion of Minnesota’s popular Lake Wobegon Trail, increasing the off-street bike route to 45 miles. The long-term plan is to expand the path network in several directions, potentially linking hundreds of miles of multi-use paths. Bikes Belong’s funding—together with money from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Stearns County, the towns of Albany and Holdingford, and private foundations—matched a federal TEA-21 grant earmarked for the project. Congressman James Oberstar (D-MN), an avid cyclist and bicycling proponent, also championed the path.
A $5,000 grant will help the City of Lancaster, Ohio, build a 9.6-mile multi-use loop around their town. Because Lancaster doesn't have a developed transit system, the city is working to promote other forms of alternative transportation, including bike commuting. They've identified this loop as particularly important to bike commuters, as it links two much longer pathway systems on either side of the city.
Laramie Bicycling Network will build a beginner mountain bike trail with skill-building features at Laramie’s only middle school. The trail will support safe and accessible skills development in their Riding For Focus physical education program and outdoor club. The trail will be open to the greater Laramie community outside of school hours, providing a fun, safe place to ride bikes and develop cycling skills.
A $10,000 grant award will help the Johnson County Trails Association break ground on their ambitious Laurel Creek Trail project in northeastern Tennessee. Our funding will help build a bicycle bridge at the beginning of what will be an 87-mile crushed-stone bike path through spectacular Appalachian countryside.
The Laurel Creek Trail will link to the popular Virginia Creeper Trail, just across the namesake state's border to the north. Together, these two trails will provide touring cyclists and local riders with more than 120 miles of continuous bike paths to explore.
The 0s3 Movement (pronounced “zero stress” in Spanish) is working to make bicycling easier and more accessible in its small border town. PeopleForBikes’ grant will help place six bike racks in public and retail locations and install a bike fixit station at the downtown Mercado.
This project will install green bike lanes on Liberty Avenue on the approaches to the Bloomfield Bridge intersection. The green lanes will increase their visibility as they pass through an auto/bicycle conflict zone.
Our $5,000 grant to the Top of Michigan Trails Council helped the group to design the last section of the 29-mile Little Traverse Wheelway.
A $7,500 Bikes Belong grant went to the California Bicycle Coalition to bolster their lobbying efforts to promote bicycling in the Sunshine State.
Bikes Belong awarded a $10,000 grant to the LACBC to continue their work on the LA River Bikeway. Cyclists, environmentalists, and transportation professionals all expressed enthusiasm for the LA River Bikeway project, as it promises to reduce congestion
Bikes Belong awarded a grant to the LACBC to continue their work on the LA River Bikeway. Cyclists, environmentalists, and transportation professionals all expressed enthusiasm for the LA River Bikeway project, as it promises to reduce congestion and expand options for mobility.
The Lovell Chamber of Commerce is encouraging more people to ride in their compact downtown by adding bike racks to key locations. PeopleForBikes’ grant of $1,500 will help the Chamber design and install these custom racks by spring 2015.
The Wisconsin Bicycle Federation will use this grant to build a demonstration parklet including seating, flex space/stage area, bike parking and a small pump track. The parklet will travel to several locations, hosted by Business Improvement Districts throughout the City of Milwaukee, before being awarded to one permanent home.
The City of Madison is using a $15,000 award to conduct a survey to determine key bicycling needs and attitudes. Their survey results will help the city rank and prioritize bike projects in their Platinum Plan, helping them advance toward their ambitious goal of "making Madison the best place in the country to bicycle."
BTA will build business, political and local support for improvements on Tualatin Valley Highway and N/NE Broadway that make it safer and easier for people to ride bicycles on these key corridors. The key strategies in these campaigns is building a diverse coalition of stakeholders, including youth, seniors, people with disabilities, and other transit-dependent community members
A $2,500 grant to the City of Northampton helped them design a 3.4-mile section of trail.
The Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC) used a Bikes Belong grant to help develop the North–South Greenway, a commuting and recreation route just north of San Francisco. The route combines bike lanes and paths to connect transit centers, downtown districts and other key destinations.
The Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC) used a Bikes Belong grant to help develop the North–South Greenway, a commuting and recreation route just north of San Francisco. The route combines bike lanes and paths to connect transit centers, downtown districts and other key destinations.
The Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC) used a Bikes Belong grant to help develop the North–South Greenway, a commuting and recreation route just north of San Francisco. The route combines bike lanes and paths to connect transit centers, downtown districts and other key destinations.
A $2,500 grant will help Garrett Trails to evaluate the Marsh Hill to Visitor Center Trail project by measuring ridership and surveying users. This multi-use path will focus on safety and connectivity in the community.
A $10,000 grant helped Friends of the Belmont Community Path, a subcommittee of the Belmont Citizens Forum, to fund a portion of the Mass Central Rail Trail from Brighton to Belmont Center. This multi-use path, which leads through a heavily populated residential area to the subway station, will serve as a major connection for bike commuters from Boston's western suburbs. Our funding leveraged a $50,000 grant from the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation, and both together will be used to match federal funding already secured for the multi-million dollar project.
The Village of Mayville, Michigan, will use their $5,000 grant to build bike elements at their new BMX/skate park. The facility is part of a community recreation plan that includes a pathway linking it to the bike-path network and areas schools. The project is also being funded by local donations and the Tony Hawk Foundation.
The City of Memphis will use this $25,000 grant to install buffers on new bike lanes and retrofit existing lanes, and improve intersections with color treatements. The goal is to demonstrate the nature and function of protected bike lanes prior to the creation of planned capital construction projects. The grant will also help with the creation and distribution of materials to educate people on the new bike lanes, create a media campaign around the pilot, and develop Public Service Announcements.
This $10,000 grant from PeopleForBikes will help fund Phase II of a planned 6.5-mile greenway connecting Boone to Blowing Rock, North Carolina. This segment will link the facility to the Blue Ridge Parkway, shopping, residential areas, tourist and employment destinations, as well as the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System acute care facility.
A $5,000 grant helped the City of Middleton and the Capital Off-Road Pathfinders (CORP) to build a bike park adjacent to the city's public golf course. Middleton, a suburb of Madison, has been working diligently to improve its bike friendliness, and saw this facility as a key step in the process. The city will make the park a central element of its trails master plan, so mountain bikers can ride to trails instead of drive. Our organization's grant leveraged funding from the city and help garner additional contributions from individual donors and the local bike industry.
The Midtown Greenway Coalition was awarded $10,000 to champion three major initiatives that will make the Greenway safer and more accessible for bicyclists. Advocacy efforts will go toward extending the Greenway across the Mississippi River to St. Paul; constructing entrance ramps in neighborhoods along the Greenway; and providing street-level access to a new Bike Center situated on the Greenway.
Milwaukee is joining the long list of cities celebrating bicycling with open streets days – where streets are temporarily closed to motor vehicles – by planning at least three events for summer and fall of 2015. The Wisconsin Bike Federation has partnered with NEWaukee, the Cesar E. Chavez Business Improvement District, Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative, Journey House, the City and other community organizations, using this grant award to match more $25,000 in additional commitments.
Businesses, volunteers and local organizations are all contributing to this project, led by the Vail Valley Mountain Trails Alliance. When complete, the bike park will include kid-friendly trails, a pump track and the first adaptive mountain bike trail in the county along with dirt jumps and flow trails for more advanced riders.
PeopleForBikes awarded $4,600 to the Oil Heritage Region, Inc. to help them close a 7-mile gap in their historic rail-trail system, linking 60 miles of continuous paths. Our funding was used to leverage TEA-21 funds for the project.
PeopleForBikes awarded a $10,000 grant to the Anacostia Watershed Society to help develop a 1.5 mile link between the Anacostia Tributary Trail System and the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail in Washington, DC.
Biking and Walking Solutions in Minneapolis used a $5,000 grant to help create better on-road access along Lexington Avenue, increasing connectivity among trails and parks accessed along the 7-mile road.
A $10,000 grant went to the Moab Trails Alliance to help complete the Moab Canyon Path (aka The Old Highway), one of the key components of the North Moab Recreation Areas Alternative Transportation System. This paved path links Moab's Lions Park Trail and Transit Hub with Arches National Park and the beloved singletrack trails north of town, providing a safe, scenic route for avid, recreational, and new riders alike. In fact, if 20% of Moab's visitors use an aspect of this active-transportation network once it's complete, roughly 500,000 people will leave 200,000 cars behind while they explore Moab's public lands! Our contribution helped provide a match for the many federal, state, and local grants that make up the funding package for this important paved trail network.
A $5,000 grant went to the Mon River Trails Conservancy to expand the 41-mile Mon River Trail system. The grant helped leverage $760,000 in TEA-21 funding to build an additional 16 miles of trail.
The Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance will continue to implement bicycling initiatives and policies in the Motor City by supporting Detroit's Non-Motorized Transportation Plan in coordination with its own ambitious vision for a greenway network, complete streets, and safe routes for cyclists.
An unused tennis court in this urban neighborhood park is the perfect location for a new traffic garden where area youth can learn bike skills. Spearheaded by the Mott Park Neighborhood Association in collaboration with the Flint Public Art Project, this facility will resemble and reflect the streets surrounding it.
This project—which is a partnership between the Park, the International Mountain Bicycling Association, and the Big Bend Trails Alliance—will serve as a model for bringing mountain biking into National Parks across the country.
This $10,000 grant to the Platteville Community Arboretum will provide critical upgrades and an important extension to the Rountree Branch Recreational Trail. Improvements will provide safe access to the business corridor, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville campus, and a planned trail with connections to more than 200 miles of pathway throughout the state.
A $10,000 grant is supporting the Centre Region Bicycle Coalition's Musser Gap Greenway project in State College, Pennsylvania. The greenway will connect the Penn State campus and downtown State College to the great trails and natural beauty of the Rothrock State Forest.
A $10,000 grant from PeopleForBikes will help the City of Lincoln and the Nebraska Trails Foundation add a 2.2-mile protected bike lane through the downtown area that will provide a critical link in the City’s 128-mile bicycle network. With support from Screen Ink, a local business, the Downtown Lincoln Association, and the Great Plains Trails Network, the project will connect trails on the east and west sides, downtown businesses, the new Haymarket redevelopment area, and the University of Nebraska.
BikeWalk NC will work with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and leaders at the state level to strengthen the state’s Complete Streets Policy and build support for increased funding for active transportation infrastructure. Towards that end, this campaign will focus on a collaboration with the NCDOT to train decision-makers across the state about the benefits of Complete Streets legislation.
The Adventure Cycling Association (ACA) received $10,000 to help establish the corridor plan for a U.S. National Bicycle Route Network. This system of bike routes, modeled after successful networks in Europe and Canada, will make bicycling a more visible and viable means of transportation and recreation on U.S. roads.
The Lafitte Greenway, in planning since 2006 and scheduled for completion in 2015, will provide a transformative cross-town corridor to those traveling on foot or by bike. Bike Easy and the Friends of the Lafitte Corridor partnered on this grant and will use the $5,600 award for destination and wayfinding signs on the new facility.
Our $20,000 grant to Active Transportation Alliance will focus their community outreach and organizing work on four projects that are part of the city’s Green Lane Project goals. Supporting Chicago’s Streets for Cycling Plan 2020, Active Trans will generate aldermanic and community support in the neighborhoods where the projects are taking place while continuing their education around the benefits of a safe, connected network of protected bicycle lanes.
Funding for this Bike Newport project will be used to paint and sign neighborhood loops where children and adults can practice bike skills and increase their on-road confidence. The routes will include popular destinations such as the local community center, schools and park, and complements Bike Newport’s popular Bike Library, a fleet of restored bicycles available for local youth to borrow and earn.
The Community Cycling Center is revitalizing a vacant lot in the mixed-income New Columbia community in North Portland to promote bicycling skills and physical activity for children and youth. The Center will work closely with We All Can Ride, a group of local residents and community champions in the planning, maintenance, and management of this innovative project. Our organization's grant of $10,000 will add to support from partners Home Forward, ODS, and the Bike Gallery to build an age-appropriate skills course and pump track and develop a bike skills learning and repair center.
New Haven Bike Month will expand a pilot project from 2016 to at least five new communities. PeopleForBikes funding will support planning for open streets days focused on the neighborhoods’ culture and needs, and an urban design course for local elementary school students who will use their learning to design and implement pop-up bike lanes during the events.
The Metro Bicycle Coalition received $5,000 to help launch New Orleans' first bicycle event since Hurricane Katrina devastated the area in 2005. The community ride will promote bicycling and bike commuting while continuing to build momentum for bike facilities in the Unified New Orleans plan—a city-wide post-Katrina planning process. New Orleans received honorable mention in the last BFC round for its commitment to including bicycling in its infrastructure improvements.
The Moab Trails Alliance received $5,000 to help construct the New Spanish Trail/SR 128 Bike Path. This scenic path will appeal to new cyclists and families and provide a safe alternative to the highway for mountain bikers on their way to and from Moab's well-loved singletrack.
The New York Mechanical Gardens Bike Coop will transform a shipping container into a public resource for outreach, education and bike maintenance with the help of this PeopleForBikes grant. Located in a community garden along a popular Queens bike route, the facility will be outfitted with work benches, tool stations and bike racks and will offer workshops, classes and other events.
The NorCal High School Mountain Bike League received $7,500 to continue to develop mountain biking as a school sport. The League has started teams in more than 12 public schools in the San Francisco area, and this grant helped them expand their reach.
Vermont's City of Montpelier Parks & Recreation Department received a $4,000 grant to help construct a bike-legal connector trail from the city center to the mountain bike trails outside of town. Before the trail was built, mountain bikers had to drive to legal trails or ride on the road, as the trails within Montpelier's North Branch Park were closed to cyclists. The connector trail provides an off-road solution for mountain bikers and mitigates user conflict in the park.
The Mt. Washington Valley Trails Association is building the first multi-use path in North Conway with the help of this $6,500 grant. When complete, the 2.8-mile multi-use trail will link residential neighborhoods, shopping areas and the local high school.
Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship (SBTS) is using their $5,000 grant to help complete the final four miles of the North Yuba Trail—referred to as the Golden Spoke—which will connect 14 miles of singletrack.
A $6,400 helped the Richmond chapter of the Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE) to complete the final phase of the Northtrail, a key link in the James River trail system. This great stretch of urban singletrack is used by mountain bikers and bike commuters.
The trail connecting Northampton to Hatfield is an important addition to the growing network serving riders throughout Hampshire County. Our $5,000 investment will fund survey and design work to get the project to the “shovel ready” phase with the goal of leveraging a much larger investment of state and federal dollars for construction. When completed, the project will tie to more than 24 miles of trail and serve some of the largest affordable-housing residential areas in Northampton.
Funding will support two Community Bike Fairs where the org provides services and resources including bike repairs, trip planning skills rodeos, lights, maps, bike share info, and conduct a community survey on environmental and cultural challenges and incentives, and start informal conversations about biking and walking. Event is designed as a kickoff to community conversations.
Friends of the Norwalk River Valley Trail will use this grant funding for a two-mile segment of the planned 38-mile trail, matching state funding already secured. The WilWalk segment will extend from the Wilton Town Center to the Merritt7 office complex in Norwalk and connect to two heavily used train stations as well.
Ocean Springs Pedestrians and Residents for Exercise and Youth Safety (OSPREYS) has been working diligently to make its community safer and more appealing for people walking and biking. This funding, matched by a contribution from the City, will be used to purchase and install eight bike racks and two bike repair stations near popular destinations.
Verde Valley Wheel Fun will use PeopleForBikes funding to build a mountain bike skills park on school property to serve this rural school population. A youth-led project to build a fitness course will be located adjacent, providing opportunities and motivation to get students outside and active.
While Oakland, California has the fifth highest bicycle mode share of any major U.S. city – 2.2 percent and growing – its bicycle facilities are fragmented and incomplete. A grant of $10,000 will help Walk Oakland Bike Oakland advance their campaign to see the city complete the entire bikeways network by 2020 with 50 miles of priority projects implemented by the end of 2012.
A $10,000 grant helped the Ohio River Way, Inc. to pave a segment of the Ohio River Trail that will link downtown Cincinnati to Lunken Airport. This scenic path with dramatic river views serves as a beautiful transportation and recreation route, eventually connecting to the popular Little Miami Scenic Trail, when complete. Our grant leveraged private funding raised for this stretch of path; federal and state grants have been secured for adjoining sections of the trail. Ohio River Way expects more than 500,000 trail users to enjoy this route annually.
We awarded a $10,000 grant to the Ohio to Erie Trail Fund for the purchase of 2.3 miles of right-of-way about 20 miles southwest of Columbus. Currently, 224 miles of the trail are open for use. When finished, the trail will be 460 miles long, and cyclists and pedestrians will be able to travel from Lake Erie across Ohio linking Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati via paved multi-use paths.
Bikes Belong's $5,000 grant helped the Friends of the Old Trinity Trail to revitalize the area surrounding a historic watercourse and provide bicycle and pedestrian access.
A $10,000 grant went to the Peninsula Trails Coalition to help them develop the Olympic Discovery Trail, a non-motorized trail system between Port Townsend, WA and the Pacific coast. Our funding helped construct the "Adventure Route," an 8-mile stretch of singletrack that winds through the coastal woodlands.
The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition used their $5,000 grant to encourage bicycling, educate city leaders on local cycling needs, demonstrate the benefits of better on-street bicycle infrastructure – and have a whole lot of fun – during this June 2011 event. The route runs 20 city blocks, and efforts are already underway to engage local businesses in the planning process and reach out to the culturally diverse neighborhoods along its course. Organizers hoped the ciclovía will attract 10,000 participants and become a Minneapolis tradition.
Bike Walk Mississippi hosted the state’s first open streets event – in which city streets are close to motor vehicles so people can walk, bike, rollerblade, and enjoy - this autumn in an effort to boost walking and bicycling in the capital city. Our $4,000 grant provided seed funding for an initiative that is expected to engage partners from the business, government, and non-profit communities and make Jackson a healthier and more bike-friendly city.
Friends of Pathways received $5,000 for their "Order of the Arrow" initiative, which is replacing 10.5 miles of eroding, illegal trails with fun, sustainable singletrack on Teton Pass. Our funding is bolstering grants and volunteer hours from the National Forest Foundation and the Teton Freedom Riders. More than 650 Boy Scouts from the trail's namesake service team are donating their time to trail construction this summer.
Friends of Pathways promotes active healthy lifestyles through great trail facilities. Their advocacy and fundraising work helps connect and enhance communities and recreation opportunities—from paved paths to backcountry trails—in and around Jackson Hole.
Building on a study underway to measure the economic impact of bike recreation and travel in Oregon, this $10,000 grant will extend the study to include local bike manufacturing and retail sales. Travel Oregon hopes to use this research to document the multiple ways that bicycles and bicycling benefit the state’s economy and to build the case for additional investment in bicycling infrastructure.
We awarded $8,000 to the Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists (MORC) to help expand their organization. This grant, along with funding garnered at the grassroots level, has enabled MORC to take their important mountain bike advocacy work to the next level by hiring a full-time staff person who can pursue more sponsorship and advertising opportunities, coordinate grant writing efforts, and focus on community building.
Livable Memphis is spearheading the development of bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly routes as part of efforts to create healthy, thriving, and economically sustainable communities throughout Greater Memphis. This $20,000 grant will allow them to finalize engineering documents for a critical link between the Shelby Farms Greenline and the neighborhoods, schools, and business district stretching west to Overton Park.
Our $10,000 grant helped pay for improvements to the popular Ozaukee Interurban Trail, in eastern Wisconsin. The Trail Advisory Council is working to replace a 2-mile on-road section of bike lane with a 1.3-mile segment of separated trail, including a bridge over I-43, greatly improving safety for trail users.
The Delaware Trail Spinners will use their $10,000 grant to help build a section of natural-surface trail connecting Middle Run Valley Natural Resource Area and Paper Mill Park. This link will serve as a gateway trail, introducing new riders to mountain biking.
Proving that a small connector can have big benefits, the City of Nampa is using their PeopleForBikes grant of $5,250 to help construct a 1-mile multi-use path to fill a critical gap in their existing system. When completed, the facility will link two heavily-used paths serving multiple residential areas and soon connect to the City’s downtown area.
We awarded a $10,000 grant to the Randall Sawyer Memorial Fund to help provide a match for Phase III of the Patrick Randall Sawyer Memorial Bike Path. This multi-use path was constructed in honor of Patrick Sawyer, who was hit and killed by an automobile while riding his bicycle. It provides a safe, scenic place for the members of the Hartsville community to ride.
The Prickly Pear Land Trust will add PeopleForBikes funding to state and local grants to complete Phases 1 and 2 of this key connector. When complete, the trail will link to an existing commuter and recreational trail through Helena and allow people on bike and on foot to access new public open space, Tenmile Creek, Fort Harrison, the VA Hospital, and surrounding neighborhoods with ease and safety.
The Bicycle Coalition of Philadelphia used our $10,000 grant to implement their Bike Network Outreach Project. This community outreach program helped to mobilize advocates behind the effort to complete some critical links in the planned 300-mile citywide bicycle infrastructure network.
Pumptracks – dirt sculpted into mini tracks of bumps and corners – are attracting cyclists of all ages as a place to practice bike skills and increase fitness. Building on this trend, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Department, Neighborhood Bike Works, and the local bicycle industry will use their $5,000 Bikes Belong grant to bring the first pumptrack to their city. Planners hope to attract 200-300 riders every year and will locate the facility near an existing recreation facility and with access to trails and bike lanes.
PeopleForBikes supported the initial build of the Philly Pumptrack back in 2011 and we couldn’t say no to their expansion plans. This $4,000 award to the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia will help build a more advanced dirt jump line around the outside of the existing advanced pump track at this neighborhood facility.
Colorado Springs, Colorado's Trails and Open Space Coalition received $5,000 to help build a safe, ADA-approved link between the heavily used Pikes Peak Greenway and the bike lanes on South Tejon Street. This link will also give path users safe and easy access to the nearby public transit station, encouraging people to commute by bike. Bikes Belong's funding will help meet a shortfall in the city's Trails, Open Space and Parks budget for the project.
Complementing its ongoing investments in bike lanes, bike parking and a bicycle repair station, the City of Hoboken will use a $5,000 grant from Bikes Belong to install pilot bike corrals holding 12-24 bicycles each in three locations. The corrals will be located in high traffic areas and will benefit from city plans to put bike lanes on 80% of its streets by the end of 2012.
We awarded $5,000 to the City of Pineville to help with the construction of their BMX Track.
This funding will support the rapid installation of protected bike lanes on Penn Ave and Schenley Drive. The award will also ensure that the City of Pittsburgh becomes a member of NACTO, a key component of them learning from and contributing to national efforts to improve bicycle infrastructure.
A $10,000 grant will help the western chapter of the Chicago Area Mountain Bikers (CAMBr West) to construct the Plainfield Bike Park. The recent closure of a private bike park and BMX bans at several skateparks motivated CAMBr West to seek a legal place for BMX riders, mountain bikers, and freeriders to ride in the Chicago Metro area.
The bike park will be part of the Plainfield Park District, which plans to hold bicycling events and youth programs at the facility once it is built. The Park District is also constructing a bike path that will link to the regional path network and make the bike park a "destination facility" along the route. The park's location will provide great exposure for bicycling and encourage new people to get out and ride!
The Coastal Trails Coalition (CTC) in eastern Massachusetts received $5,000 to help fund the Plum Island Bike Lanes. This project improved cycling safety on the Plum Island Turnpike, encouraging recreational riders and families to ride from the town of Newburyport to the beaches and scenic bike routes on Plum Island.
PeopleForBikes awarded a $5,000 grant to Plymouth, Indiana's Parks & Rec department to help match TEA-21 funds for the first phase of their Greenway Trail.
Santa Cruz County, Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz, and Project Bike Tech students at two area high schools will join together to construct a new pump track to serve the Watsonville area. This grant will fund construction costs matched by volunteer hours from these partners.
This new pump track — located next to a park and connected to trails — will provide youth and families in this dense part of the city with a fun, safe place to ride. Bike Newport is using vacant land next to its Bike Barn and will offer programming and loaner bikes once the facility is complete.
Bike Walk Indian River County will use this $1,800 grant to purchase and install five bike fixit stations across the county. Working in partnership with community-based organizations that help low-income residents get working bicycles and serve at-risk youth, the organization will locate the stations in places accessible to the people who most need them.
A $5,000 grant will support the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition (BABC) in their efforts to secure and increase funding for bicycling projects through the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).
A devastating flash flood in July 2019 created a 40-foot chasm in the 51-mile Redbank Valley Trail, rendering it impassable along a popular stretch. PeopleForBikes’ grant will help the Redbank Valley Trails Association build a bridge to reconnect these sections and revive this popular destination for residents and visitors.
Outdoor Chattanooga, an organization dedicated to the recreational use, education, and stewardship of the region's natural areas, received a $9,850 grant to help build the first of many new trails on Raccoon Mountain. This urban mountain bike facility enables Chattanoogans to ride singletrack just five miles from their city's center.
The Raccoon River Valley Trail Association (RRVTA) will receive $10,000 to help pave their namesake trail in west-central Iowa. The 33-mile loop will connect to 23 miles of existing trail spanning many counties—all of which have contributed funds to the project. RRVTA, which has been an active steward of this trail system trail since 1994, also secured a Vision Iowa Community Attraction and Tourism grant for the expansion project.
Brownsville has been moving quickly to improve the environment for bicycling in their south Texas community, and adding more than 100 bicycle parking spaces is part of the plan. This PeopleForBikes grant of $2,500 will help fund bike racks at popular destinations across the city, supporting other investments in trails and bike lanes.
A research team from Southern Illinois University is collaborating with the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) to conduct a two-phase study of the Raystown Lake mountain bike trail system. Part one will count trail users and part two will assess the regional economic impact of the trail system. Our grant of $6,000 will fund equipment and analysis during the first phase.
The Binghampton Development Corporation (BDC), in partnership with the City of Memphis, will use this grant to pilot a 1.2-mile demonstration project using upcycled car tires as bike lane barriers. If successful, the BDC will help launch an employee-owned business to produce the barriers as part of its new Business Hub.
The Red Lantern Bike Shop will use this PeopleForBikes grant of $950 to purchase and install a bike repair station outside the local library.
This $10,000 grant helped the City of Redmond build the Redmond Bike Park. The city has forged strong partnerships with the bicycling community—including the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, the Cascade Bicycle Club, and local bicycle shops and suppliers—to design and build this park. Roughly 2,450 mountain bikers live within 2 miles of the facility, which is easily accessible by bike from several local schools and serve as a great destination for the Seattle Trips for Kids chapter. Our grant helped the city leverage additional funding from other organizations and foundations.
Working in partnership with Houston’s mountain bike club, the Cabo Rojo Bike and Hike Association will use our $10,000 grant to restore 20 miles of mountain bike trail to pre-hurricane condition.
Rich City Rides will install and outfit a 20’ container as a Bicycling Hub to serve as a second bike repair location for the community. This facility will expand the organization’s capacity for extensive advocacy, education, and community-building work and help introduce more local youth, families, and residents to bicycling.
The Virginia Association for Parks will use their $10,000 PeopleForBikes grant to help fund the rehabilitation of 15 miles of existing mountain bike trail and construct an additional 20 miles in this urban bike facility. Additional features in Phase I include a handcycle-friendly gateway trail and a handicap accessible trailhead and other facilities. One goal of the organization is to make this the first International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) Ride Center that caters to the handicapped community.
PeopleForBikes awarded a $10,000 grant to Forward Quest to help with construction of the River Path, a 40-mile linear park. Our grant was used for construction of a 1.25 mile section connecting the cities of Melbourne and Silver Grove, Kentucky.
PeopleForBikes funding will help the City of Ruston add two miles to this multi-use trail, connecting multiple destinations including Louisiana Tech University, a low-income neighborhood, retail, restaurants, businesses and schools. When complete, the Greenway will extend six miles and provide a safe and appealing way for residents to get around by bike.
A $5,000 grant helped the Watauga County Tourism Development Authority (WCTDA) and Boone Area Cyclists to develop a mountain bike trail system at Rocky Knob Park near Boone, North Carolina. Though Watauga County and the town of Boone are emerging as fast-growing destinations for outdoor enthusiasts, residents and visitors previously had to drive outside of the county to access legal singletrack trails—a situation the WCTDA's new outdoor recreation planner (an avid mountain biker) was determined to change. Our grant helped leverage additional funds and serve as a match for pending grants from the state's Parks and Recreation Trust Fund and Adopt-a-Trail program.
PeopleForBikes awarded $5,000 to the North Georgia Bicycle Dealers Association to help create an access point at a key intersection between several popular bike paths.
The Ocala Mountain Bike Association (OMBA) used our $10,000 grant to help build 2.5 miles of singletrack that provide western access, via the Ross Prairie Trailhead, to the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway. Once on the greenway, riders can access 68 miles of mountain bike trails, including the legendary Santos Trail System-an IMBA Epic. This new link enables residents in surrounding neighborhoods and visitors from the nearby Ross Prairie campground to ride instead of drive to great trails. Our funding also helped OMBA hire a professional contractor to work with the challenging soil and topography along the trail corridor, and served as part of the match for their Recreational Trails Program grant. This project received tremendous support from local bike shops, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and the state's Office of Greenways and Trails.
Groundwork Minneapolis received a $10,000 grant to help complete the Ryan Lake Trail in north Minneapolis, Minnesota. They're using Bikes Belong's grant as a match for Department of Natural Resources and community funding to construct a highway underpass, completing the first phase of the multi-use path. This project will serve bike commuters and recreational riders in north Minneapolis and nearby inner-ring suburbs, who currently have no safe way to access the regional trail system to the south.
Groundwork Minneapolis is a grassroots group tasked with community improvement and environmental stewardship in Minneapolis; it also is part of the international Groundwork network. They've partnered with the Victory Neighborhood Association, the City of Minneapolis, the National Park Service, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and several local schools to restore open space around the Ryan Lake shoreline for public use. The Ryan Lake Trail is a key element in that restoration project.
This advocacy campaign to build better bikeways in East Oakland will provide connections to the new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System and the East Bay Greenway slated for construction in 2013. The East Bay Bicycle Coalition will use their $10,000 PeopleForBikes grant to build community support through an extensive outreach initiative to residents, businesses, faith communities, neighborhood groups, local associations, and others. This project will serve as a model for incorporating bicycle infrastructure into large transit projects.
Salmon Valley Stewardship will use this $10,000 grant to construct a 5-mile trail connecting residential and recreation areas, two employment centers, the airport and the Town of Salmon. PeopleForBikes’ award will be used as a match for state grant funding.
In this pilot project, the city will construct low-cost protected cycle tracks and collaborate with a graduate student at the University of Utah to assess their safety and modify the design as needed. Our $25,000 award will fund construction of this bikeway, and Salt Lake City hopes to replicate the final approved design in multiple locations.
The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition is focusing on education and encouragement to promote bicycling in their city. Through public outreach and awareness as well a new social marketing campaign, modeled after successful programs in Chicago and Portland, they hope to get more people to use the excellent infrastructure that already exists in San Diego—and make the case for more bike facilities that will bridge existing gaps in the network.
This $10,000 grant to the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition (SDCBC) will further their work in developing the San Diego River Bikeway. The Coalition used our grant to leverage nearly $3 million in federal and state funds for the project.
Bikes Belong awarded a $9,860 grant to the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition for their work on their Bicycle Network, which utilizes low-traffic streets, bike lanes, and paths to provide safe, relatively flat routes between most of San Francisco’s residential neighborhoods and key destinations.
Bikes Belong awarded a $10,000 grant to the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition for their work on their Bicycle Network, which utilizes low-traffic streets, bike lanes, and paths to provide safe, relatively flat routes between most of San Francisco’s residential neighborhoods.
When complete, the Santa Cruz Coastal Rail Trail will extend 32 miles from Davenport to Watsonville. PeopleForBikes’ $4,000 grant to Friends of the Rail Trail/Ecology Action will help advance their fundraising efforts and develop community and business support for this transformative project.
PeopleForBikes' award will help the bicycle coalition work closely with the city of Philadelphia to prioritize, fund and complete the popular Schuylkill River Trail network. This high-profile project has also received funding from the William Penn Foundation.
Project will install several different vertical delineators along the 15th Street protected bike lane (planters, flex posts and pre-cast curb, alsop possibly parking block or smaller fixed objects like zebras or armadillos) and evaluate them based on user perception through surveys of peds, transit users, motorists, businesses, residents and visitors, how well each treatment withstands various environmental and traffic conditions, and how much each costs to install, maintain, replace, and frequency of replacement. They will also collect data on what other cities do and find successful.
This 3.5-mile bikeway runs along the western side of downtown Grand Rapids, connecting two major trails and providing safe cycling access to businesses, residential areas, and Grand Valley State University. The Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition, CycleSafe, and Freewheeler Bike Shop donated cash, equipment, and assistance to this project, and our $5,000 grant helped fund engineering and design costs.
Riders on balance bikes, BMX and mountain bikes, including the new local NICA mountain bike team, will all benefit from this new bike park, accessible by a multi-use trail. Frederick County Parks & Recreation selected the location because it has space to add more features and elements over time.
Navajo Youth Empowerment Services (Navajo YES) will use this grant award to rebuild a pump track at the Shonto Prep School on tribal lands. With a professional design and contributions from the school, this facility will greatly benefit the students and greater community.
PeopleForBikes’ grant will help fund this track relocation project. The new facility will include two world-class BMX tracks, allowing the organization to expand and serve more riders across Northern California.
Bikes Belong awarded $3,000 to the California Bicycle Coalition to help jump-start an ambitious lobbying campaign that furthered the bicycling agenda in the state.
Our $5,000 grant helped the Black Hills Mountain Bike Association (BHMBA) build 10 miles of singletrack at Skyline Wilderness Park in downtown Rapid City, South Dakota. This gateway trail system brings recreation right to the community's doorstep and provides the city's Parks Department with a central venue to host classes and clinics for mountain bikers of all abilities. It also complements other BHMBA efforts, including the Black Hills Dirt Jump Park and several new and proposed trail systems-all of which contribute to Rapid City's concerted effort to be a premier destination for mountain biking. Our funding helped leverage a Recreational Trails Program grant for this project, which has received significant city funding and local support.
The Austin Ridge Riders received $4,400 to build a critical stretch of singletrack in their Slaughter Creek Trail network. This funding will help accelerate the trailbuilding process and meet Recreational Trails Program deadlines by helping the committed grassroots group pay for a 2-mile section of machine-built trail.
PeopleForBikes’ grant of $10,000 to Traverse Area Recreation & Transportation (TART) Trails will help add seven miles of multi-use trail through the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore during Phase 2 of this multi-million dollar project. When completed, the 27-mile facility will link two communities and allow thousands of visitors to enjoy this spectacular area on foot or by bike.
We awarded a $10,000 grant to the Friends of the Community Path, for their efforts to construct a pedestrian and bicycle route into downtown Boston, Massachusetts. The grant helped to complete the first phase of the design process, and provided a match toward construction funding from the Federal Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality (CMAQ) program.
Colorado's Lower Valley (LoVa) Trails Group received a $10,000 grant to use toward construction of the South Canyon Trail. This extension of the Colorado River Trail allows bicyclists to continue west past Glenwood Springs without riding on dangerous Interstate 70. The path, which also received a significant grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), will link to an extensive system of multi-use paths to the east, in Eagle and Summit Counties, and will ultimately stretch more than 50 miles to the west, enabling cyclists to take multi-day rides across the state.
This grant will help the Conservancy to construct 6 miles of singletrack, connecting nearly 50 miles of trail in BLM and Forest Service land. Local youth mountain bike clubs and teams will particularly benefit from this link.
This grant will fund several initiatives related to the city's Big Jump goals and activities, including ambassador training, installation of bike racks in the focus area, engagement activities at Cyclovía Tucson, a grandparents tricycle club, and scholarships for community-minded youth to attend the Youth Bike Summit in Washington, DC.
Thrive Allen County will use this grant award to construct a bike/ped bridge over Elm Creek, connecting the town to a former quarry site that is now home to Elks Lake and the Lehigh Portland Trails. The site provides residents of this small town with easy access to a growing network of multi-use and mountain bike trails for recreation and exercise.
Targeted initiative focused on building support for upgrading planned improvements to Lee Street from conventional bike lanes to protected bike lanes. Lee Street runs through an underserved community and links to MARTA stations, resurgent neighborhoods, and Atlanta's Historic Black Colleges. The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition will build support among residents and businesses, gain the support of the GDOT member who represents the area, and help find funding for the upgrade.
PeopleForBikes’ grant of $10,000 will join federal, state and local funding for this multi-use trail stretching from Warrensburg, MO through the Missouri State Park at Knob Noster and end near the entrance to Whiteman Air Force Base. The facility will extend nearly 12 miles when complete and provide a safe place to ride for residents of Johnson County including students at the University of Central Missouri and the servicemen and women at Whiteman AFB.
We awarded a $10,000 grant to the Bicycle Transportation Alliance of Portland, Oregon, to help build a connector trail linking 30 continuous miles of trail through Portland and east to the foothills of Mount Hood.
Palmetto Conservation Foundation will use this funding to develop an additional 10 miles of sustainable, single track flow trail to the existing four miles in this network. With very few places to mountain bike in the region, this facility will see increased use with each mile of trail added.
This small Appalachian community is using a reclaimed coal mine to build a bike park and beginner trail next to an existing 24-mile mountain bike trail network. PeopleForBikes’ $8,000 grant will help the City of Prestonsburg, Jenny Wiley State Resort Park and a team of volunteers provide a facility to encourage more people to get outside and ride.
With the help of this $7,500 grant, the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition will provide safe, secure, weather-protected storage for 72 bicycles at the NJ Transit Train Station in Summit, NJ. The organization will follow their successful Montclair model, using rental fees to support future bike depots.
Our $5,000 grant helped the University of South Carolina include bike lanes in the streetscaping of a popular downtown street, helping to make the campus and community safer and more bike friendly. As part of the project, USC, which has seen student ridership nearly double in the last year, conducted research to measure the use and the economic impact of the new lanes. Their methodology is replicable by other communities.
The Active Transportation Alliance received $10,000 for community outreach and coordination as they work to make some Chicago streets car-free on select Sundays. Sunday Parkways, modeled after a successful program in Bogota, Colombia, will devote major boulevards to non-motorized travel, enabling Chicagoans of all ages to cycle, skate, and stroll on safe, inviting streets. This initiative will encourage more people to ride for recreation and exercise, while enhancing the sense of community in Chicago.
Livable City will use a $10,000 Bikes Belong grant to help bring Sunday Streets to San Francisco this summer. The program, modeled after Ciclovia events in Bogota, Columbia, will transform miles of San Francisco streets into car-free spaces on summer Sundays.
Business and Bikes on Market Street is a series of working sessions for key Market Street business stakeholders to develop actionable strategies for implementing business- and bike-friendly Market Street improvements. The City of San Francisco is poised to begin work on significant transportation improvements on Market Street that improve biking. This series will bring together the diverse business community in the Central Market area to discuss how to shape and ensure those improvements go in the ground, and how to get the most out of them for their businesses. The Central Market CBD, in partnership with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition will organize, plan, and facilitate three two-hour working sessions from October to December 2013 (roughly one per month in October, November, and December). The first session will focus on defining a clear business vision for bikes on Market Street. The following meetings will focus on strategy for making the vision a reality.
Philadelphia's Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) will receive $10,000 to put toward their Sustainable Trails Initiative. The 57-mile trail network in the city's Fairmount Park is a haven for Philly's mountain bikers.
A $10,000 grant will help Greenville County Recreation District construct the 10-mile Swamp Rabbit Trail. This multi-use path will create a safe and accessible route for cyclists between downtown Greenville and a trail system in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our funding for this greenway will complement Recreational Trails Program funds, a grant from Newman's Own, and individual donations as well as support from Hincapie Sports.
A $10,000 grant helped the Northern Colorado Council of Governments build the Lowry Phase of the Swan Mountain RecPath—a missing 1.5-mile link in a popular 45-mile network of trails in Summit County, Colorado. This path "completes the street," giving cyclists a safe alternative to riding over dangerous Swan Mountain Road.
PeopleForBikes’ funding to Teton Valley Trails and Pathways will leverage significant volunteer time to consistently groom more than 21 miles of trail for winter fat biking. In an area supported by recreation, this grant will help make biking a year-round sport.
The Missouri State Parks Foundation was awarded $10,000 to help construct a bike/ped bridge across the Missouri River, connecting the popular Katy Trail to Jefferson City. The Katy Trail is the longest rail trail in the country, stretching more than 225 miles and hosting up to 500,000 bicyclists annually. This project will enhance the trail's appeal to new riders and long-distance cyclists by enabling them to safely access the restaurants, lodging, and bike shops in Jefferson City.
The Five Mile Creek Greenway Partnership, a division of Birmingham's Cawaco Resource Conservation & Development Council, will receive $5,000 to help construct the first stretch of the Tarrant Aqueduct Trail. This multi-use path, in Birmingham's historic Tarrant neighborhood, will connect two schools and link to 16.5 miles of existing rail trail as well as parks, green spaces, and residential areas.
Our funding will leverage two Transportation, Community, and System Preservation Program grants, as well as two grants from the City of Birmingham. This is our first grant to the state of Alabama.
Colorado's Trails and Open Space Coalition will receive $5,000 to help build a safe, ADA-approved link between the heavily used Pikes Peak Greenway and the bike lanes on South Tejon Street.
This $2,500 award will help Tempe Leadership – a program of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce Foundation – install permanent bike parking at the popular and centrally located Tempe Beach Park. The parking will be open to anyone most of the time, and function as a bike valet location operated by non profit organizations during events.
This $7,500 grant went to the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) to promote and develop bicycling as means of exploring Grand Teton National Park. NPCA's advocacy campaign was successful, and, in 2007 the Park Service approved a 42-mile path system in Grand Teton. Creating a successful model for bicycle infrastructure in Grand Teton will help set a precedent for National Parks across the country.
Bikes Belong awarded a $10,000 grant to fund an informational campaign directing schools and the public through the Texas Safe Routes to School Program application process.
PeopleForBikes’ $5,000 grant will help TrailSpring fund the design of a critical quarter-mile trail segment connecting two greenways separated by a freeway. This project will significantly improve safety and encourage more bicycling and walking in the area.
The City of Manhattan, KS will use PeopleForBikes’ $5,000 grant to construct a 0.7-mile trail linking a residential neighborhood to other trails, restaurants, a grocery store and employment. When complete, this segment will connect to two existing trails forming a 3-mile loop.
A $10,000 grant helped 21st Century Parks to build a stacked mountain-bike loop in the Floyds Fork Greenway, a multi-million-dollar, 4,000-acre system of four parks currently under development in Louisville, Kentucky. The singletrack is part of an extensive network of biking, hiking, and equestrian trails in the greenway, which directly accesses surrounding neighborhoods and links to the Louisville Loop-a non-motorized route that circumnavigates the city. 21st Century Parks partnered with representatives from the Kentucky Mountain Bike Association to insure the 50 miles of dirt trails in the greenway were professionally built and provide exciting opportunities for riders of all abilities. Funding for the Floyds Fork Greenway project was a mix of federal transportation and local government grants, as well as generous contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporations in Louisville.
Miami/Dade County’s newest multi-use trail will use land running beneath the MetroRail Line for this 10-mile path from the Miami River to Dadeland South Station. With design completed, PeopleForBikes’ grant of $10,000 will help Friends of the Underline begin construction of Phase 1, in the Brickell area, Miami’s Financial District.
The Loppet Foundation will use this $10,000 grant to add 3.5 miles of trail, a dual slalom course, a skills training area and a pump track to the existing facilities at this Twin Cities park. This project will support existing youth programs and provide a more accessible venue for the local high school mountain bike league.
This funding will support purchasing heavy barriers/planters for a protected contra-flow bike lane on Third Avenue between Smithfield and Stanwix Streets as part of the Great Allegheny Passage route through downtown, connecting to Point State Park. One part of a two-phase project that will be completed by October 2018.
A local trail builder and significant donations of volunteer time will help make this 2.4-mile beginner mountain bike trail a reality. With PeopleForBikes’ $10,000 grant, New Historic Thomas will add to their existing intermediate and advanced trails to provide more recreational opportunities for youth and novice riders.
When the value of land slated for development plummeted in the last recession, the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association (COPMOBA) partnered with Mesa Land Trust to make the most of the situation. Our grant of $5,000 will help the organizations finalize the land purchase and develop trails on the Three Sisters property. This new network, adjacent to Grand Junction’s Lunch Loop trail system, will provide much-needed beginner-level trails and advance the bike path development that will link these trails with downtown.
This grant to the Roanoke River Rail Trail funded Phase 1 of the Tobacco Heritage Trail. When complete, this three-phase project will create short- and long-distance cycling routes in and around Southside, Virginia.
Tornado Alley BMX, in Amarillo, Texas, used a $7,500 grant to build a new track in the town’s athletic complex. The facility’s location enables kids to safely ride their bikes to the track, provides great exposure for the sport, and makes it easy for spectators to access BMX events. The committed volunteers at the Tornado Alley BMX Parents Association have organized effective programs to increase ridership at the track, with an emphasis on getting more girls into the sport. The association is also giving back to the community by hosting charity rides and events at the track to benefit local health and wellness organizations.
A $5,000 grant is supporting the Yukon BMX Parents and Riders Association, in Yukon, Oklahoma, a suburb of Oklahoma City, as they work to resurface their track and build a mountain bike trail surrounding the BMX facility. These two improvements will help Yukon BMX support a growing number of young riders during peak times, and the singletrack trail will give kids who are interested in bicycling, but not necessarily in BMX, the chance to ride with their friends in a safe, off-road setting. This timely grant comes on the heels of Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett's challenge to his constituents to collectively lose one million pounds through healthy eating and active living.
PeopleForBikes funding will match local, regional and federal grants to add 10 miles of mountain bike trail to the existing network. The Warren County Development Association in partnership with the US Forest Service hopes to boost recreational opportunities for residents and tourists alike with the construction of trails that serve beginner to advanced riders.
Bike SD will work with the city to advocate for an upgrade from the planned bike lanes on El Cajon Boulevard to protected bike lanes on the key 5-mile stretch from Park Blvd to College Avenue. Funds will be used to build support with businesses along the corridor and ensure that the regional planning agency considers this support as part of the Mid-City bike corridor plan.
A $5,000 grant from Bikes Belong helped the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition strengthen their lobbying efforts to insure that bicycling is an integral part of the San Francisco–area transportation plan.
Tri City BMX will hard-surface the three corners of their track, drastically reducing maintenance time and improving safety.
PeopleForBikes funding was used to design and fabricate bike racks for 144 bikes in 14 locations that serve the city’s population of house-less and economically disadvantaged adults. This bike parking helps Tulsa Hub meets its mission of transportation empowerment for the communities it serves.
The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota will help boost program efforts in Minneapolis with the goal of improving its current Silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community status. The Bicycle Alliance will also focus on nearby communities, helping to make the Twin Cities Metro Area better for bicycling through complementary planning, infrastructure improvements, and promotion efforts.
A $10,000 grant award will help the USA Official BMX Training Facility open its gates to riders. This NBL-sanctioned facility will host clinics, training sessions, and events for riders of all levels—from beginners to Olympic hopefuls—throughout the Tampa area and beyond.
Local shops are thrilled about the BMX buzz this project has created and expect a surge of new riders once the track is complete. The dedicated, all-volunteer board of the USA Official BMX Training Facility (a nonprofit organization) also hopes to build mountain bike trails on the 60-acre site, which was donated to them by the Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department.
A grant helped the Adventure Cycling Association (ACA) develop the Underground Railroad Bicycle Route (UGRR), a 2,000-mile network of scenic and historic roads that traces the path slaves followed to freedom during the Civil War. ACA produced detailed maps of the route, which stretches from Mobile, Alabama, to Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada. ACA worked with local historical societies, museums, and the Center for Minority Health to promote the route and broaden its appeal. Riders of all abilities can enjoy the UGRR for short spins, day trips, or long-distance tours, traveling through history by bike.
Seattle Neighborhood Greenways is launching Ungap the Map, an advocacy campaign focused on getting the city to fill the gaps in the bicycle network. This grant will support grassroots community engagement to build safer, more equitable, and more connected bike infrastructure and help people navigate the existing bicycle network.
Funding will help Commute Seattle take a group of city staff, business people and local advocates to Vancouver to see, experience and learn from their bicycle infrastructure, planning, financing and vision.
Venice Area Beautification, Inc. (VABI) received a $5,000 grant to help build the final segment of the Venetian Waterway Park, a multi-use path on the west coast of Florida. These last 5 miles of path on both sides of the Intracoastal Waterway connect downtown Venice with neighborhoods, parks, and schools and serve as the area's first bike/ped link to the Gulf of Mexico.
A $2,500 grant helped a coalition of grassroots groups, led by Local Motion, to implement a Safe Routes to School program in Vermont.
Note: PeopleForBikes does not fund education grants.
The City of Vernonia, Oregon, received $5,000 to help build a Bicycle Skills Park. Funding is earmarked for construction of the skills development trail, the first element of the park. When complete, the skills park will also include a BMX track and pump track.
The New England Mountain Bike Association's "Vietnam" project was the first property to be purchased, operated, and maintained by mountain bikers exclusively for pursuing their passion. This $2,500 grant helped NEMBA cover the cost of the land in Milford, Massachusetts.
Bikes Belong awarded a $5,000 grant to the City of Modesto, CA, to help fund the first phase of The Virginia Corridor Trail, a 4.2-mile bike path linking schools, businesses, and neighborhoods with the downtown area.
This multi-use path will link two major destinations, the Congaree Vista area and Finlay Park, and create a direct route from multiple neighborhoods to downtown Columbia. Organizers hope that the facility’s popularity will inspire additional trails and eventually create a network that will connect more than half the city. Our $10,000 grant supports this public-private partnership to bring more transportation options to South Carolina’s capital city.
Bicycling in Denver has made a big leap since 2008. The launch of its own bikeshare program, a doubling in bike lane mileage, and the city’s recognition as a Silver level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists are all signs that Denver is committed to cycling. BikeDenver hopes to build on this momentum – and spur greater investments– with the city’s first ciclovía, Viva Streets, in August 2011. Our grant of $2,500 will fund operational costs for what is hoped to be the first of many car-free streets events in the Mile High City.
The City of Montebello, CA is investing in programs and projects to make the community more bikeable, walkable and the streets more vibrant. This $5,000 grant will support Montebello’s first open streets day in Spring 2015 with a downtown bike route and other activities such as a Kid Zone, Skateboard and Zumba Zone, and lots of fun, food and friends along the way.
The Wamego Community Foundation will use their $10,000 grant award to pave the Wam-Sag-Man Trail. The path will connect the towns of Wamego, St. George, and Manhattan, as well as the local school, to 26 miles of existing multi-use path. This funding will serve as a match for a Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks grant, joining a National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance grant and local funding for the project.
As part of our partnership with Interbike, we invested $10,000 in bike lanes connecting elementary schools in Las Vegas with the neighborhoods that serve them.
Griffin Bike Park will be accessible to even more people with the addition of this mountain bike trail built to accommodate differently-abled riders on adaptive bikes. Building on the beginner adaptive trail currently under construction, this intermediate option will include adaptive jumps, berms and wooden features to provide an exhilarating experience to every type of rider.
Universidad Popular will use this funding to teach youth from the Little Village neighborhood the knowledge and skills to advocate for bike infrastructure and safety to their local Alderman. While the goal is to encourage elected leaders to direct some funding to bicycling, teenage participants will also learn how to campaign for improvements to their own community.
This $7,000 grant to Friends of the Weiser River Trail helped leverage TEA-21 funding to pave a section of their namesake trail in Council, Idaho. Dubbed the Council Community Pathway, this 1-mile segment of the 84-mile multi-surface trail will be suitable for bike commuters and families with young children.
The West Point Community Foundation has secured funding for the first three phases of this ambitious project. Our $6,500 grant will support Phase IV, connecting residential areas to schools and parks.
PeopleForBikes’ grant of $5,000 will match more than $18,000 in city support to provide important additions and upgrades to the track facilities. Planned renovations include adding fencing and other barriers, enhancing drainage, and redesigning the track to improve safety and spectator viewing areas.
The Urban Bike Project will use this funding to purchase and install a bike fix-it station to complement the two stations the City of Wilmington is building. The stations will be placed in key locations around the city that do not have access to other bike repair options.
The Oregon Department of Forestry used a $7,000 grant to help construct a new, 3.5-mile span of the Wilson River Trail in Tillamook State Forest. The new trail extends the Wilson River Trail to 24.5 miles and provides Portland's mountain bike community with more options for long singletrack rides. Bikes Belong's grant, along with funding from Cycle Oregon and Oregon Equestrian Trails, helped match a Recreational Trails Program grant for the project. The Portland United Mountain Pedalers (PUMP) also supported the project, and they've adopted and maintained an existing portion of the Wilson River Trail.
The Windham Rail Trail Alliance will use our $10,000 grant to help pave a 4.1-mile section of the Salem to Concord Recreational Trail. The scenic trail follows a historic rail bed that parallels the I-93 corridor, and paving it will provide a safe route for bike commuters as well as recreational riders and families.
The growing community of mountain bikers in Northeast Tennessee will score big with the addition of 3.25 miles of beginner and advanced trails that this grant will help the SORBA Tri-Cities mountain bike club build. When complete, the 5 to 6-mile trail system will serve area youth mountain biking programs including a brand new Little Bella club chapter and two local high school mountain biking teams.
PeopleForBikes funding will support SFBC's multi-year campaign to win the addition of a safe, protected, family-friendly bikeway on Polk Street. Polk is an important addition to the bike network in San Francisco because it is a core north/south connector and links key neighborhoods, institutions, and commercial corridors along a relatively flat route. Polk also has less traffic than parallel street options although it has reported high injuries for people on bike and foot.
A field next to 12 miles of existing single track in Theodore Wirth Park will be transformed into a bicycle pump track and skills park, adding to existing outdoor recreation options in this urban area in north Minneapolis. Once complete, The Loppet Foundation will use the public park year-round as an instructional space to teach bicycling skills to youth and adults and to provide a training location for middle and high school mountain bike teams.
Local mountain bike enthusiasts advocated for good trails close to home, and the U.S. Forest Service’s Poplar Bluff Ranger District responded by partnering with the city, county, a local bike shop and a cycling club to make it happen. The completed 21-mile trail network will provide beginner- to intermediate-level mountain biking and, through increased use, will prevent illegal dumping in this section of the Mark Twain National Forest. Partnering groups will contribute matching funds, materials, and volunteer labor, seeing this as the first step in creating a more bike-friendly environment with cycling routes throughout the city of Poplar Bluff.
This grant award will help Wyoming Pathways, the state's first bicycling and pedestrian advocacy group, with start-up costs. Efforts will include reading out to state transportation officials to maintain funding for bike/ped projects and launching the first Bike Summit.
With the help of an $8,000 grant, researchers from the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition will compare economic activity between two halves of a transportation corridor: one with car lanes reduced by half and bike lanes added, one unchanged. The study will look at commercial and residential property sales, number of new businesses, and perceptions about how the road diet may have affected property values and commerce.
A $5,000 grant will support the Yukon BMX Parents and Riders Association, in Yukon, Oklahoma, a suburb of Oklahoma City, as they work to resurface their track and build a mountain bike trail surrounding the BMX facility. These two improvements will help Yukon provide more recreational facilities for youth and families.
Commuter Connection, St. Paul Smart Trips, and the University of Minnesota will use this $10,000 grant for an innovative project to track and reward bicycle commuter trips in the Twin Cities downtown areas and the university district. Using RFID technology and ZAP readers, the project will enlist 625 initial riders, record their commuter travel, and provide incentives for choosing to bike. The University of Minnesota plans to conduct an assessment of the program’s impact on the health and well-being of the participants.