History

Annual Reports

imageThe following annual reports reflect the growth and accomplishments of the Alliance for Biking & Walking (formerly known as Thunderhead Alliance) over the years.


Our Roots

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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!

The Alliance

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Since then, the Alliance has held retreats, hosted regional and focused training sessions, energized national and international conferences and, most importantly, influenced policymakers at the state and local levels.  In 2004 “pedestrian” was added to its mission since over a quarter of The Alliance organizations work to increase walking. In 2009 we changed our name from Thunderhead Alliance to the Alliance for Biking & Walking. The Alliance has grown from a coalition of 12 organizations in 1996, to over 135 united biking and walking advocacy organizations today.  In the last 12 years, Alliance and its member groups have established themselves as the preeminent forces for breaking down the barriers to safe bicycling and walking where it matters the most: at the state and local levels.

 


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Upcoming Events

Youth Engagement and Family Biking --Call on April 02

U.S. Federal Transportation Policy Briefing --Call on April 08

Baltimore, MD Winning Campaigns Training
April 11 through April 13, 2014