The grant is the fourth major award to national bike advocacy organizations since December of last year, bringing SRAM’s total donation through their SRAM Cycling Fund to $1,000,000. Other organizations that have been awarded grants include the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Bikes Belong, and the International Mountain Bicycling Association.
According to a statement from SRAM, during the next five years, they plan to award $10 million in grants to support “committed national advocacy efforts that enhance cycling infrastructure, safety and access.”
For America’s bike movement, the grant could not come at a better time. Here’s what League director Andy Clarke had to say about it:
“SRAM’s outstanding contribution will strengthen our ability to capture this extraordinary moment of opportunity for bicycling. We have a new President, a new Congress and a new economic reality that is encouraging people to ride. Hundreds of millions of dollars of potential federal funding for cycling is at stake – and most of that will be invested at the local level. Bicyclists must have a voice in how that money is spent”.
To be heard, that voice needs all the financial strength it can get.