PeopleForBikes awarded nearly $50,000 in community grants to support infrastructure and advocacy initiatives in seven communities across the country.
The PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program is funded by the bicycle industry, including Fuji, Giant, Shimano, Specialized, State Bicycle Company, Trek and their employees. Grant recipients this round include:
- BIKE SHIFT Youth Leadership Program (Chicago, IL) Slow Roll Chicago will use $10,000 granted by PeopleForBikes to develop a teen leadership program focused on creating safe bicycle access to the new Big Marsh Bike Park on the Southeast Side of Chicago. Youth from the neighborhoods surrounding Big Marsh, including Pullman, Hegewisch and South Deering, will engage in advocacy, community organizing and bicycle planning as part of this effort.
- First Bridge: Multi-Use Trail Bridge (Davenport, IA) PeopleForBikes’ grant of $10,000 to First Bridge will help River Action, Inc. provide a safe route over a busy four-lane highway for people on bike and on foot. The reconstruction of this historic railroad bridge will connect downtown Davenport to the River Heritage Park, Mississippi River Trail and American Discovery Trail.
- Middle Fork Greenway (Boone, NC) This $10,000 grant from PeopleForBikes will help fund Phase II of a planned 6.5-mile greenway connecting Boone to Blowing Rock, NC. This segment will link the facility to the Blue Ridge Parkway, shopping, residential areas, tourist and employment destinations, as well as the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System acute care facility.
- Wallace Marine Bike Park (Salem, OR) A $10,000 grant to the Salem Area Trail Alliance (SATA) will fund a pump track for beginners and a trail with features that allow riders to progressively build bicycle-handling skills. SATA’s partnerships with the City of Salem, the National Park Systems River, Trails, and Conservation Program, West Salem Business Association and several local businesses has built support and momentum for the new facility.
- Imagine Bikes Here Campaign (ME) The Bicycle Coalition of Maine will direct their $5,000 community grant to a series of demonstration projects featuring protected bike lanes and traffic calming improvements in up to five communities across the state. These temporary facilities will help residents see, learn about, experience and ask for good bicycle infrastructure.
- Tempe Bike Corral (Tempe, AZ) This $2,500 award will help Tempe Leadership a program of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce Foundation install permanent bike parking at the popular and centrally located Tempe Beach Park. The parking will be open to anyone most of the time and will function as a bike valet location operated by non-profit organizations during events.
- Hammond Bike Racks (Hammond, IN) When a member of the United Citizens Association saw a row of bicycles chained to the fence bordering the trail near a local high school, he knew there was a better option. The Association will match this $800 grant award from PeopleForBikes to purchase secure bike racks for two of Hammond’s high schools this summer.
The PeopleForBikes Community Grants Program has funded more than 300 projects since 1999, including bike lanes, paths, parks and advocacy programs.