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Cities — including Portland — will vie for spot in “Green Lane Project”

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 3rd, 2012 at 11:01 am

Later today, the application period opens for the “Green Lane Project,” a promising new initiative funded by national advocacy org Bikes Belong.

The project’s aim is to help build “world-class cycling networks” in a select group of U.S. cities that are “poised to make significant progress over the next two years in installing cycle tracks and related improvements.” To spur the development of high-quality bikeways, Bikes Belong will funnel 70% of their annual grant budget (about $140,000) and provide technical assistance and other resources to the selected cities (study trips are scheduled for Denmark, New York City, and the Netherlands). Cities that are chosen will sign a contract with Bikes Belong committing themselves to the partnership.

Only six cities will be chosen to participate, and you can bet the competition will be fierce.[Read more…]

Volkswagen now major sponsor of Bikes Belong’s ‘People for Bikes’ campaign

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 26th, 2012 at 10:18 am

(Image: BikePortland)

Bikes Belong just announced that Volkswagen will donate “significant funding” to support their ongoing People For Bikes campaign and other programs the organizations funds like like the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.

Here’s an excerpt from the press release:

“We are working with VW as part of its Think Blue initiative, which encompasses all of the company’s efforts to promote eco-friendly mobility and encourage environmentally conscious behavior. VW has a history of working to improve its sustainability. Its factory in Chattanooga is the only auto manufacturing plant in the world to be LEED Platinum Certified. The VW factory in Wolfsburg, Germany has 5,500 bikes for employees to use for transportation.”

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Bikes Belong looks to fund research on biking’s economic impact

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 26th, 2011 at 10:41 am

National non-profit Bikes Belong just launched a new grant program to fund research on how bicycle facilities and events impact the economy. Seems like a very smart way to spur thinking and the public dialogue about this issue. Read the official announcement below…

Bikes Belong Foundation launches Bicycle Research Grant Program

Boulder, CO—The Bikes Belong Foundation announced today the launch of a new grant program to fund research on the economic impact of bicycling facilities and events. The Bicycle Research Grant Program will award a total of $40,000 in grants to academic or non-profit research institutions in 2011. Grants will range from $5,000 to $10,000.

This new program aims to fill a crucial knowledge gap. Collecting quantitative evidence on the benefits bicycling brings to local, regional, and national economies will help encourage and guide investments in bicycling.

In 2010, Bikes Belong awarded small grants for studies currently underway on the economic impact of bicycling in Portland, OR and at the Allegrippis Trails in Raystown Lake, PA. The new dedicated research grants program will provide more opportunities to support similar studies.

The application deadline for the first round of grants is March 31, 2011.

In addition to funding economy-driven projects, Bikes Belong will consider innovative or unique research on other bike-related topics on a case-by-case basis.

To learn more about the program or to apply for a research grant, visit www.bikesbelong.org/foundation. Questions can also be directed to the grants manager (zoe@bikesbelong.org) or research analyst (kate@bikesbelong.org).

About Bikes Belong
The Bikes Belong Foundation, host to the Peopleforbikes.org campaign, focuses on improving bicycle safety and enhancing children’s bike programs. The Foundation is the charitable arm of the Bikes Belong Coalition – the U.S. bicycle industry organization dedicated to getting more people riding bikes more often. Bikes Belong Coalition works 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.

More details (and a video) on ‘People for Bikes’ campaign launch

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 9th, 2010 at 10:46 pm

National Bike Summit 2010 Day 1-17

Bikes Belong executive director Tim Blumenthal.
(Photos © J. Maus)

As reported earlier, Bikes Belong revealed a major new campaign tonight aimed at unifying a million voices in support of bicycling across America. The People for Bikes campaign was launched to a room packed with bike advocates and industry leaders from across the country at the opening reception of the National Bike Summit.[Read more…]

Bikes Belong launches “People for Bikes” campaign

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 9th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Screenshot from the just-launched
PeopleForBikes.org.

At tonight’s opening reception of the National Bike Summit, national non-profit group Bikes Belong will announce the People for Bikes campaign.

A tri-fold promo brochure being handed out here at the Summit reads:

“Millions of Americans ride bicycles and recognize the economic, social and physical benefits. But, only a fraction of those who ride have stood up to help advance the cause of bicycling in America.

The goal of peopleforbikes.org is to gather a million names of support, to speak with one powerful voice — to let policy makers, the media and the public know that bicycling is important and should be promoted.

Whether you’re a commuter, a roadie, a mountain biker or just a casual rider, by uniting your voice with a million others, you can help build a national movement to improve bicycling in our country.”

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