Press Releases

03/07/2011 -- Advocacy Award Winners to be Announced at 2011 Alliance Reception

Washington, DC - March 7, 2011 - After receiving a record-setting number of nominations from across North America, the Alliance for Biking & Walking will honor seven leading advocates, organizations and business leaders at its 2011 Advocacy Awards Reception on March 8 in Washington, DC.

Since 2009, the Alliance has recognized excellence in the bicycle and pedestrian movement with a national award program that solicits nominations from the public in the following categories: Advocate of the Year, Advocacy Organization of the Year, Business Advocate of the Year, Winning Campaign of the Year, Innovation Award, Best Practices Award and the Susie Stephens Joyful Enthusiasm Award. Tomorrow, the Alliance will present this year’s winners.

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11/04/2010 -- SRAM Partners with Alliance and League to Double Federal Funding for Bicycling Facilities

imageWashington, DC - November 4, 2010 - The League of American Bicyclists and the Alliance for Biking & Walking are pleased to announce a new, three-year campaign to double federal funding for bicycling and walking by 2013. The Advocacy Advance initiative is backed by renewed support from SRAM, an innovative maker of bicycle components.

The League and Alliance have been awarded up to $1.2 million from SRAM over the next three years to unite active transportation advocates across the nation and give them tools and resources to secure increased funding from existing federal transportation programs for critical bicycle and pedestrian projects.

“At SRAM we believe that bicycles improve the environment, ease congestion, reduce the cost of transportation and create healthier communities,” says Stan Day, SRAM CEO. “The biggest barrier to increased bicycle use in daily lives is the lack of appropriate infrastructure, and local bicycle advocates are working to break down those barriers across the country. The Advocacy Advance campaign will empower those advocates to dramatically improve conditions for bicyclists.”


09/07/2010 -- Alliance Awards $103,000 in Advocacy Advance Grants

imageWashington, DC - September 7, 2010 -  With $103,000 in direct funding, the Alliance for Biking & Walking is galvanizing state and local bicycle and pedestrian organizations with its latest award of Advocacy Advance Grants. After a highly competitive selection process, the Alliance has chosen four organizations that are strategically poised to increase biking and walking in their regions and advance innovative campaigns that can be replicated in communities across the country.

“This round of Advocacy Advance Grant recipients spans the spectrum,” Jeffrey Miller, Alliance President / CEO, says. “From rural to urban communities, from the coast to the Heartland, the organizations will leverage these dollars to propel dramatic progress in their communities. The insight these advocates gain will not only enhance their individual organizational capacity, but build a stronger, more effective national movement.”


06/02/2010 -- Alliance Releases New Guide to Complete Streets Campaigns

imageWashington, DC - June 2, 2010 - In the past four years, the national push for complete streets has caught fire, spreading rapidly from coast to coast. Since 2006, more than 100 state and local jurisdictions have adopted new policies that require transportation projects include safe accommodations for all users, including bicyclists and pedestrians.

To add fuel to this quickly advancing movement, the Alliance for Biking & Walking has released a new edition of its Guide to Complete Streets Campaigns.


05/11/2010 -- Alliance and Clif Bar Partner in National Competition to Energize Bike Travel

imageWashington, DC - May 11, 2010 - Bolstered by a $25,000 grant from CLIF BAR, the Alliance for Biking & Walking is playing a key role in a national effort to replace short car trips with bike travel.

The 2 Mile Challenge was inspired by a little-recognized fact: 40 percent of urban trips are less than two miles. Ryan Mayo, Brand Experience Manager for CLIF BAR said the energy bar company was staggered by that statistic. So it came up with a creative competition to encourage consumers to stop driving and start cycling.

To lead the charge in the 2 Mile Challenge, CLIF BAR selected three nonprofit organizations that work to advance sustainable transit options. Each nonprofit was awarded $25,000 and assigned to represent one of three national teams: Gold, Blue, or Red. The Alliance for Biking & Walking is going for the Gold.


04/30/2010 -- Brewery Support Boosts Grassroots Bicycle Advocacy

imageWashington, DC - April 30, 2010 - The Alliance for Biking & Walking is increasing aid to bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations across North America thanks to recent support from New Belgium Brewing Company.

New Belgium’s pledge of $40,000 over the next two years will allow the Alliance to offer strategic planning facilitation and guidance to at least six organizations in addition to providing direct organization support and coaching in key states.


03/31/2010 -- Alliance Awards $125,000 in Grants to Advance Grassroots Advocacy

Washington, DC - March 31, 2010 - The Alliance for Biking & Walking is awarding $125,000 in grants to seven grassroots biking and walking advocacy organizations. The Advocacy Advance Grants will be used to jump-start emerging advocacy organizations and to fund innovative campaigns with the potential to dramatically increase biking and walking. The first round of 2010 grants was highly competitive with 45 proposals totaling nearly $750,000. The Alliance is pleased to announce the following recipients:


03/09/2010 -- Alliance for Biking & Walking Announces 2010 Advocacy Award Winners

The Alliance for Biking & Walking will honor seven organizations and individuals with its 2010 Advocacy Awards at a special reception and awards presentation March 9th, 2010 in Washington, DC. The following award recipients not only show dedication and success in advancing biking and walking, but also demonstrate exceptional work ethic to their peers and communities.


03/01/2010 -- People Powered Movement Photo Contest Winners Announced

image Washington, DC - March 1, 2010 - The Alliance for Biking & Walking announced the winners of the 2009 People Powered Movement Photo Contest today. The contest ran from September through November 2009 with public voting during the month of December helping to narrow down the finalists. A panel of expert judges determined the final contest winners.


01/28/2010 -- Investing in Biking and Walking Could Save Lives Says Report

States with the lowest levels of biking and walking have higher traffic fatalities and chronic disease

imageWashington, DC - January 28, 2010 - A new report released today by the Alliance for Biking & Walking shows that lack of investment in biking and walking could be contributing to higher traffic fatalities and chronic disease rates in the U.S.

Bicycling and Walking in the United States: The 2010 Benchmarking Report reveals that in almost every state and major U.S. city, bicyclists and pedestrians are at a disproportionate risk of being killed, and receive less than their fair share of transportation dollars.

While 10% of trips in the U.S. are by bike or foot, 13% of traffic fatalities are bicyclists and pedestrians. Biking and walking receive less than 2% of federal transportation dollars. Seniors are at an even greater risk. While adults over 65 make up 9% of walking trips and 4% of biking trips, they account for 19% of pedestrian fatalities and 9% of bicyclist fatalities.


12/01/2009 -- Online Voting Now Open for the People Powered Movement Photo Contest

Washington, DC - December 1, 2009 - Online voting opened today for the Alliance for Biking & Walking’s inaugural People Powered Movement Photo Contest. Your vote can help determine the lucky grand-prize winner of a 10-day all-expense-paid VBT bike tour of Tuscany and a year’s supply of CLIF BARs as well as the two runners-up who will win brand new commuter bikes. Voters will also have the chance to help choose the seven category winners who will receive Rickshaw messenger bags filled with goodies and the priceless opportunity of having their winning photo published in the 2010 March/April issue of Momentum Magazine. Public voting runs throughout December 31st and will narrow down the submissions to the top 10 photos in each category. A panel of expert judges will select the final winners.


11/03/2009 -- Alliance Awards $104,000 in Grants to Grassroots Advocacy Organizations

Washington, DC - November 3, 2009 - The Alliance for Biking & Walking is awarding $104,000 in grants to five grassroots biking and walking advocacy organizations.


09/01/2009 -- Alliance Launches People Powered Movement Photo Contest

imageWashington, DC - September 1, 2009 - The Alliance for Biking & Walking is inviting photographers from across North America to turn their best biking and walking photos into a chance to win a 10-day all-expense-paid bike tour of Tuscany. The inaugural People Powered Movement Photo Contest, which runs from September 1st - December 11th, is seeking high quality and creative photos of biking and walking.


08/25/2009 -- Alliance Meets $42K Challenge

Washington, DC - August 25, 2009 -Thanks to the over 20,000 people who signed up to follow the 42RIDE on Twitter, the Alliance for Biking & Walking received a $42,000 contribution from 42BELOW Vodka this past Saturday. Matt Djokovic presented the check on behalf of 42BELOW in front of a crowd of nearly 200 people who came to celebrate the conclusion of the 42RIDE in Los Angeles’s Bicycle District.


08/17/2009 -- Alliance to Celebrate 42RIDE’s Conclusion and Support of Local Cycling

Los Angeles - August 17, 2009 - The Alliance for Biking & Walking invites all Los Angeles-area cycling supporters to join them in celebrating the 42RIDE on the last leg of the 4,017-mile, 55-day journey across America. LA cyclists are invited to pedal out to meet the riders at the very end of their trek in L.A., on Saturday, August 22, at a celebration to recognize the riders for their commitment to bicycling and grassroots bicycle advocacy. 

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