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Bikes Belong Awards $40,000 in Grants

11.30.2008
Boulder, Colorado

Bikes Belong is pleased to award funding to five great bike-facility projects this fall. These grant awards will help communities in Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, and South Carolina construct paths and parks that will encourage active commuting and great recreational riding.

Greenville County Recreation District - Swamp Rabbit Trail (South Carolina)
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. Bikes Belong's 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. More about the Swamp Rabbit Trail. . .

Raccoon River Valley Trail Association - Raccoon River Valley Trail (Des Moines, Iowa, Metro Area)
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. More about the Raccoon River Valley Trail. . .

Wamego Community Foundation - Wam-Sag-Man Trail (Kansas)
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. Bikes Belong's 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. More about the Lancaster City Loop. . .

The Village of Mayville, Michigan - Mayville BMX Park
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.

About Bikes Belong

Bikes Belong Coalition is the U.S. bicycle industry organization dedicated to putting more people on bicycles more often. Bikes Belong lobbies to increase federal bike funding, awards grants to support innovative bike projects, promotes bicycling and its benefits, and backs crucial national efforts such as Safe Routes to School, Bicycle Friendly Communities, and the National Bike Summit. The affiliated Bikes Belong Foundation focuses on improving bicycle safety and enhancing children's bike programs.

Since Bikes Belong's Grants Program began in 1999, we have funded 175 grant proposals in 45 states and the District of Columbia, awarding nearly $1.4 million in cash and leveraging more than $490 million in federal, state, and private funding. Our facilities grants alone have helped finance nearly 1,400 miles of bike paths and trails that link close to 6,400 miles of bike facilities. These grassroots grants are made possible by Bikes Belong member contributions.

For more information, visit bikesbelong.org.

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