Bikes Belong is pleased to announce funding awards to six great projects for our Summer 2011 grant cycle as well as the first three grant recipients through the Bikes Belong Foundation Research Grant Program. These grants support a wide range of bicycle projects and studies with the common goal of putting more people on bicycles more often.
The Bikes Belong Grants Program is funded by our Employee Pro Purchase Program. Many thanks to the following participating members and their employees for making these awards possible:
Oakland Bikeways Campaign (Oakland, CA)
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 Bikes Belong grant of $10,000 will help Walk Oakland Bike Oakland advance their campaign to see the city complete the entire bikeway network by 2020 with 50 miles of priority projects implemented by the end of 2012.
Vista Greenway Project (Columbia, SC)
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. Bikes Belong’s $10,000 grant supports this public-private partnership to bring more transportation options to South Carolina’s capital city.
Area C Mountain Bike Park (Orlando, FL)
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. Bikes Belong’s $7,500 grant will add to the park’s appeal by funding an expanded skills area and an advanced singletrack course.
Carrabassett Moose Bog Loop (Carrabassett Valley, ME)
This $5,000 grant will help the Carrabassett Region chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association build a beginner mountain bike trail as part of the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center in western Maine. With the goal of expanding recreational resources for both residents and summer tourists, this facility will appeal to novice cyclists including children from the local day camp and students from the nearby Carrabassett Valley Academy.
Dallas Ciclovía (Dallas, TX)
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 unanimous adoption of the City of Dallas Bicycle Plan and broad public support for bicycling, this $5,000 grant from Bikes Belong will further the quick wins Dallas needs to make bicycle infrastructure projects permanent.
Viva Streets (Denver, CO)
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. Bikes Belong’s 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.
Bikes Belong Foundation Research Grants
The Bikes Belong Foundation is delighted to announce the recipients of its first round of research grants. These studies cover a range of environments and facility types and we look forward to the data they will provide regarding the economic impact of bicycling.
York Boulevard Road Diet Economic Impact Study (Los Angeles, CA)
With the help of an $8,000 grant from Bikes Belong, researchers from the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition will compare economic activity between two halves of a 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.
Economic Impact of Bicycling in Iowa (Coralville, IA)
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 impact 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.
Raystown Lake Economic Impact and Visitor Use Research Study (Raystown Lake, PA)
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. A Bikes Belong grant of $6,000 will fund equipment and analysis during the first phase.