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Bikes Belong Awards $50,000 in Grants

02.04.2009
Boulder, Colorado

Bikes Belong is pleased to announce six exciting grant awards. This winter, our funding will help communities and grassroots groups build paths and trails as well as advocate for better bicycling conditions and facilities in Alabama, Hawaii, Maine, New York, Virginia, and Texas. These diverse projects further our mission by creating great places to ride bikes.

Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers (BUMP) - Lake Trail, Oak Mountain State Park (Alabama)
The Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers (BUMP) will receive $10,000 to help build the Lake Trail in Oak Mountain State Park. Bikes Belong 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.

More about BUMP. . .

Peoples Advocacy for Trails, Hawaii (PATH) - Active Transportation for Hawaii's Sustainable Future
Peoples Advocacy for Trails, Hawaii (PATH), will receive $7,500 to support "Active Transportation for Hawaii's Sustainable Future," an initiative designed to make bicycling part of the solution to Hawaii's energy challenges and environmental concerns. PATH and its partners - including One Voice for Livable Islands and the Hawaii Department of Health - will work to enact and encourage active-transportation policy at the state level. If PATH is successful, their policies will serve as models for other states. Bikes Belong's funding will help support the coalition's efforts to make bicycling a strong component of Hawaii's plan to reduce transportation energy demand, curb greenhouse gas emissions, and improve health outcomes.

More about PATH. . .

City of Ellsworth, Maine - Ellsworth Rail with Trail Connector
A $5,000 grant will help the City of Ellsworth, Maine, connect two sections of rail trail on either side of town, creating an enjoyable route for bike commuters, recreational riders, and tourists. This path will also serve as a safe, appealing re-route for the East Coast Greenway, connect destinations within the downtown area (including a proposed multi-modal transportation and recreation center), and link to the 86-mile Downeast Sunrise Trail as well as miles of beautiful cycling roads in Acadia National Park. Bikes Belong's grant will add to city and state funds designated for path-construction costs.

More about Ellsworth's Rail with Trail Connector. . .

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative - Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway (New York)
The Brooklyn Greenway Initiative will use their $7,500 grant to continue to work with NYC DOT as they develop a comprehensive plan for the 14-mile Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway - a high-priority project for bicycling in Brooklyn. BGI's role in the project is coalition building. They are the tie that binds the DOT, State Parks, City Parks, the Economic Development Corporation, private landowners, multiple neighborhoods and developers together for the common cause of creating a beautiful recreation amenity in Brooklyn before prohibitive development occurs along the waterway. They are a true neighborhood advocacy organization, and their grassroots efforts will ensure that the $18 million in Federal Transportation funding designated for the greenway project gets spent before it - or the opportunity to build the greenway - expires.

More about the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative. . .

Page Valley Cycling - Big Gem Park Trails and Pump Track (Virginia)
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 path and pump track will provide the first natural-surface riding in Page County and serve as a gateway to mountain biking for its citizens. Bikes Belong's funding will help cover construction costs.

More about Page Valley Cycling. . .

Greater Houston Off-Road Bicycling Association - Double Lake Trails Expansion (Texas)
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 GHORBA-built singletrack shortly after our grant award was given. This was a huge setback for the group and required that volunteers spend last year rebuilding rather than expanding their trail system. This grant will help provide matching funds for a Recreational Trails Program Grant, enabling GHORBA to proceed with their expansion efforts this year.

More about GHORBA. . .

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 180 grant proposals in 45 states and the District of Columbia, awarding nearly $1.5 million in cash and leveraging close to $500 million in federal, state, and private funding. Our facilities grants alone have helped finance more than 1,400 miles of bike paths and trails that link almost 7,500 miles of bike facilities. These grassroots grants are made possible by Bikes Belong member contributions.

For more information, visit bikesbelong.org.

Contact:
Elizabeth Train
Grants and Research Director
e-mail: elizabeth@bikesbelong.org
phone: 303/449-4893

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303-449-4893
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