About the Advocacy Awards

Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2012 Benchmarking Report

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America Bikes

imageAmerica Bikes is a coalition of bicycle community leaders advocating for positive outcomes for biking and walking under the federal transportation bill.

America Walks

imageAmerica Walks leads a national coalition of local advocacy groups dedicated to promoting walkable communities. They engage, educate and connect walking advocates to promote safe, convenient and accessible walking conditions for all.

Alliance Sponsorship Opportunities

imageThe Alliance for Biking & Walking is the North American coalition of more than 220 bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Alliance organizations represent more than 190,000 dues-paying members and interact with countless more residents in their communities. With the assistance of the Alliance and its network of leaders and experts, advocates have the tools to transform their communities into great places to bike and walk.

Why sponsor the Alliance? Because…

  • The Alliance is growing — Our membership has skyrocketed from just 12 organizations in 1996 to more than 220 organizations in 2013.
  • The Alliance makes a difference on the ground — Research shows that significantly more people walk and bicycle in cities and states represented by Alliance organizations.
  • The Alliance helps to build your customer base — Alliance member organizations create tens of thousands of new bicyclists and walkers every year.

Your sponsorship is the catalyst for change across North America and gives your company repeated exposure in dozens of major markets. Your support builds brand loyalty among countless advocates and the hundreds of thousands of bicyclists and pedestrians they represent from coast to coast. Download our Sponsorship Invitation and select a level that fits your budget and meets your marketing needs.

Contact Jeff Miller at (202) 445-4415 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to discuss your sponsorship — or work with us to create your own customized opportunity.


The Alliance plays a powerful and important role in supporting organizations on the ground that work for safety, accessibility, and expansion of walking and cycling. Their positive energy motivates, not only our company, but also the many travelers who ride and walk with us.

- Gregg Marston, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations

imageWe support the Alliance because they are capacity builders. They nurture, network and coach their member organizations to ever-higher levels of effectiveness.

- Jay Ferm, Planet Bike

imageThe Alliance does a remarkable job bringing cohesion to the nonprofit world of sustainable transportation. Their vision focuses the energy and passion of groups around the country, strengthening individual effort by creating a collective whole.

- Jenn Orgolini, Sustainability Director, New Belgium Brewing Company

imageBecause the vast majority of Americans want their communities to be more walkable and bike friendly, CLIF BAR proudly supports the grassroots work of the Alliance. Aligning with our own values, the Alliance promote more vibrant communities, a cleaner environment and healthier, more active people.

- Elysa Hammond, Director of Environmental Stewardship, Clif Bar

Advocacy Advance

Advocacy Advance is pleased to provide $25,000 in Capacity Building Grants and $35,000 in Rapid Response Grants to member organizations in 2012. Get all the details on the Advocacy Advance website here.

Members Home Page

The Alliance for Biking & Walking has over 220 member organizations throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. We provide the following services to our members:


Our Online Resource Library provides over 1000 resources to Alliance members. Resources include template bylaws, workplans, budgets, and fundraising letters. You'll also find sample PSAs, annual reports, membership brochures, and a wealth of research on biking and walking issues. Search by keyword or category to find what you need.

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Trainings and Retreats

We host between four and six Winning Campaigns trainings a year and a biannual Leadership Retreat in different North American cities. Our trainings are geared specifically for leaders of biking and walking advocacy organizations and are great opportunities for networking and resource sharing.

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Mutual Aid Conference Calls

Our Mutual Aid series brings over 20 free educational conference calls a year to advocacy leaders. Call topics include capacity building for bike/ped advocacy organizations and topics of specific interest to biking and walking groups. Calls are facilitated by an Alliance staff member, last one hour, and typically draw between 10 and 30 Alliance leaders.

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Coaching and Consulting

Alliance members have access to on-call coaching and consulting services from qualified Alliance staff. Need help with a campaign? Want advice on growing your organization's membership? Need help navigating a tricky board situation? Contact our staff for assistance. Special consulting services such as strategic planning and meeting facilitation are also available to members at special rates.

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The Alliance Benchmarking Project collects, analyzes, and reports on bicycling and walking data for the 50 U.S. states and at least the 50 most-populous U.S. cities. The project provides vital data for advocates, planners, and researchers to evaluate progress and measure results of efforts to increase biking and walking.

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Job Board

Alliance members can post their job opportunities for free on the Alliance Job Board. We highlight our job board in our monthly e-newsletter, Streetside.

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Alliance publications are geared towards helping grassroots bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations thrive. Alliance members receive discounts on all Alliance publications.

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Advocacy Advance Grants are available to Alliance member organizations through a competitive application process twice a year. Grants fund start-up organizations, capacity building, and innovative programs to increase biking and walking.

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Action Center

Alliance members are kept plugged into national issues affecting bicycling and walking through our Action Center. From federal legislation like the Transportation Bill and Economic Stimulus Bill to Safe Routes to School, the Alliance plugs grassroots advocates into the national issues that matter most to them.

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Alliance members receive discounts on the following


Contact an Alliance staff member for more details on these discounts.

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Welcome Members

Bike & Ped Advocacy Resource Library

Looking for the recordings of Mutual Aid Calls or the materials from the recent training you attended? Find the latest resources for bicycle and pedestrian advocates. Over 500 resources in this library include sample documents and publications from Alliance member organizations, research and data on bicycling and walking issues, educational resources, public service announcements, models for organizing successful events, and more.


Alliance’s publications assist our members with their work including the newly released Fundraising Ride Guide and Benchmarking Report. Reduced prices are available for members.

Starting An Organization

To help our organizations Just forming, we share some related resources that will help you on this new journey:


Alliance is working to develop a more comprehensive help system for our members and supporters. You will currently find details for using our Alliance listserve as well as general help information.

And be sure to check out our upcoming events, recent member news, and latest job postings below:


The Alliance for Biking and Walking, formerly known as Thunderhead Alliance, is the coalition of grassroots advocacy organizations working together to promote bicycling and walking in North American communities. Alliance organizations come together to help each other grow their organizations and become more effective by sharing best practices and innovations.

Congratulations to the 2014 Advocacy Award Winners!

Thank you for submitting a nomination for the 2014 Advocacy Awards!

Thanks for nominating an advocate, advocacy organization, or business for an Advocacy Award.

To submit another nominee, navigate back to the nomination form here.

Please also consider donating to the Alliance for Biking & Walking. We give advocates at the state and local level the resources, training, and support they need to make neighborhoods better for biking and walking.


Streetside Issue 56 ~ November 2013

Streetside Issue 55 ~ October 2013

Streetside Issue 54 ~ September 2014

Streetside Issue 53 ~ August 2013

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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