In 1996, Bill Wilkinson and Charlie Gandy of the Bicycle Federation of America (now the National Center for Bicycling and Walking) invited 20 leaders of bicycle advocacy organizations to the remote Thunderhead Ranch in Wyoming. There, participants discovered that colleagues around the country were facing both similar challenges in sustaining their advocacy organizations, and a common opportunity—the renewal of federal transportation legislation. Soon, these groups were key players in the bike industry-funded Bikes Belong Coalition. The result: After hard work implementing the bill in communities across America, $285 million in federal transportation moneys was invested in bicycling projects over six years.
By the end of the second retreat in 1997, these grassroots leaders had recognized that the special energy generated by these gatherings merited the establishment of a permanent organization dedicated to linking state and local bike advocacy organizations and leaders. The (Thunderhead) Alliance was born!
U.S. Federal Transportation Policy Briefing --Call on March 11
Twitter for Media Relations --Call on March 19
Collaborating with Health Stakeholders --Call on March 26
03/07/2014 - This Week in Biking & Walking
03/04/2014 - Consider Biking Wins Biking & Walking Vacation
03/04/2014 - Congratulations to the 2014 Advocacy Award Winners!