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The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota received a $10,000 matching grant to assemble and train a coalition to work toward statewide complete streets legislation in 2010. To do this, they developed an advocacy network with strength in both greater Minnesota and the Twin Cities metropolitan area, growing an informed membership base that influenced public policy for the 2010 legislative session and beyond. In addition, the funds supported the salary of a full-time executive director.
Green Mobility NetworkMiami, FL based Green Mobility Network was awarded a $30,000 matching grant to make Miami-Dade County a healthier, more livable community by promoting bicycling, running, and walking for daily transportation, leisure, and fitness. The grant helped to fund its first full-time executive director and the “Complete the M-Path” campaign, which aims to connect and complete a 30-mile bicycle-pedestrian corridor running from downtown Miami to the county’s southern border.
Outcomes: (only received $5,000 due to fundraising efforts)
Pennsylvania Walks and Bikes
Pennsylvania Walks and Bikes was founded in 2009 to create healthy, sustainable communities across Pennsylvania by making bicycling and walking safer, more convenient and more enjoyable. The organization put its $30,000 matching grant toward hiring an executive director and working to build the first statewide coalition for biking and walking in Pennsylvania. The coalition worked — and continues to work — to introduce state bicycle and pedestrian laws, policies, and funding.
Walk Oakland Bike Oakland
Walk Oakland Bike Oakland received a $15,000 matching grant for an executive director and to advocate for bicycle and pedestrian access in several street redesign projects. Its “Bike Broadway” campaign ensured active resident participation in the planning process and pushed Oakland, CA to implement new bike lanes on the street and a funding plan for other bike/ped infrastructure, while strengthening WOBO’s foundation for long-term success.
Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling
Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling (a local chapter of the DC regional WABA) received $9,600 to develop a handbook to help bicycling advocates understand how to best influence and play a constructive role during the design of new facilities. This resource helps bridge the gap between advocates, successful advocacy, and design engineers and is available online for reference by advocates across North America.
League of Illinois Bicyclists
A $5,000 grant helped the League of Illinois Bicyclists (LIB) leverage a $5,000 matching grant to educate new and existing planners on proper bicyclist accommodations, education and encouragement, and bikeway funding tips. Through a course at University of Illinois Chicago, and several seminars that offer continuing education credits, they helped to create a greater demand for bikeway funding in the state by educating planners. LIB packaged this course and seminar so that other Alliance groups can easily replicate them.
San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC) received $25,000 to design and advocate for a pedestrian-, bicyclist- and transit-rider-centered Market Street. In addition to increasing bicycling, walking, and transit traffic on Market Street, the transformation of this iconic American main street, has been and continues to be a highly visible symbol for the community and nation. SFBC is using this experience to provide a set of tools for major street transformation that advocates around the country can use to work towards large-scale change on their own communities’ main street.
New York City’s Transportation Alternatives received $25,000 for the “Blue Ribbon Commission” report that brought together key stakeholders for safer streets including families of crash victims, transportation unions, and the Department of Motor Vehicles. A subsequent legislative campaign focused on winning historic new laws protecting vulnerable road users, namely children and senior pedestrians, and reforming enforcement practices at the city and state levels.
Bike Walk Connecticut
Bike Walk Connecticut used a $15,000 matching Startup/Capacity Building Grant to transform from a regional (Central Connecticut Bicycle Alliance) to a statewide bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organization. As a new statewide voice for biking and walking in Connecticut, it is educating the public and state and local leaders to promote and accelerate the implementation of the recently passed complete streets law, which requires that the rights of all road users be considered in road design. This grant also helped Bike Walk Connecticut hire its first Executive Director and work to broaden and promote their current bike safety education programs to reach more communities across Connecticut.
Boston-based LivableStreets Alliance received a $30,000 matching Startup/Capacity Building Grant to launch a neighborhood outreach campaign to build grassroots support for improved bicycle, pedestrian and public transit design and facilities to make the Boston metro area more connected and livable. The campaign also ensured that the discussion regarding bridges over the Charles River include improvements for bicycle and pedestrian access. In addition, this grant allowed LivableStreets to hire an Executive Director.
New Orleans Metro Bicycle Coalition
A $12,500 matching Startup/Capacity Building Grant boosted the New Orleans Metro Bicycle Coalition’s (MBC) efforts to ensure inclusion of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in New Orleans recovery projects. MBC also hired its first Executive Director and worked to implement the bicycle and pedestrian policy and ordinance recommendations included in the New Orleans Master Plan.
Active Transportation Alliance
Chicago-based Active Transportation Alliance was awarded a $30,000 matching grant for its Active Living on the Block campaign. The campaign facilitated community-planning charettes into 24 neighborhood block parties. Active Trans used charette information to integrate transportation elements into neighborhoods’ Quality of Life Plans and provided technical assistance for neighborhood-level funding requests for built environment changes. The campaign uses community-based design to empower and energize neighborhoods with fewer economic resources and networks to make their built environment safe and accessible for biking and walking.
Cascade Bicycle Club Education Fund
Seattle Area’s Cascade Bicycle Club used a $16,500 matching Innovation Grant to create a replicable bikeability/walkability assessment tool to understand unique neighborhood needs and issues and identify barriers to bicycling and walking. They are also custom-creating appropriate programs to address identified barriers. Tactics in working with this underserved community likely will include multi-lingual materials, door-to-door outreach, community rides, family-friendly events, and grassroots advocacy for street improvements/bicyclist safety. The ultimate objective of this pilot is to increase the number of Southeast Seattle residents who bike and walk to Link light rail stations by 50 percent.
Bike Denver received a $20,000 matching Startup/Capacity Grant to launch a comprehensive public education and outreach campaign to increase the number of people who bike in and around Denver. With assistance from a professional marketing firm, the campaign emphasized the positive effects and emotions that result from biking and empower more people in Denver to ride for fun or transportation. The grant also supported Bike Denver’s efforts to secure a commitment to build a permanent bike parking facility at Union Station, advocate for the adoption of a complete streets policy, and fully transition from an all-volunteer organization to a professionally run nonprofit.
Idaho Pedestrian and Bicycle Alliance
A $20,000 matching Startup/Capacity Grant helped to elevate the Idaho Pedestrian and Bicycle Alliance’s (IPBA) into an effective voice for pedestrians and bicyclists in Idaho. The grant allowed IPBA to hire its first executive director, develop its website and new media presence, and build membership. In addition, this grant helped IPBA expand workshop offerings for local advocates at a statewide conference, enhancing the effectiveness of the many local pedestrian and bicycling advocates and groups throughout the state.
New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition
New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition used a $25,000 matching Startup/Capacity Grant to strengthen its legislative campaign to pass a vulnerable road user law and to ensure New Jersey’s recently adopted complete streets policy is implemented. This grant also helped NJBC train new bike education instructors and utilize current instructors to establish a statewide adult and child bicycle education program. In addition, NJBC hired its first executive director to manage these initiatives and take the statewide organization to the next level.
Bicycle Alliance of Washington
A $12,500 matching Innovation Grant is assisted the Bicycle Alliance of Washington in efforts to tap state funds appropriated at the local level, a newly-identified potential funding source for biking and walking projects in the state. The Bicycle Alliance introduced this funding opportunity to bicycle advocates in cities across Washington. Through outreach to key advocates, education, and local workshops, the Bicycle Alliance increased the percentage of biking and walking projects applying for and receiving this funding. This grant also helped the Alliance fulfill its mission to build bridges between the cycling community and state agencies and to develop strategic partnerships in the “hub” communities.
Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin
Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin received a $20,000 matching Innovation Grant to create a district-wide Safe Routes to School (SRTS) plan and work with four pilot schools to create and implement action plans. With a new full-time SRTS Developer embedded in the Madison Metropolitan School District, the Bike Fed created a unique opportunity to work side-by-side with the Superintendent’s office and closely with school principals, students, and parents. The partnership ensured the new SRTS plan has deep support and realistic, feasible goals. The ultimate goal of this effort is to develop action plans at all 48 schools so that walking and biking become commonplace among children in the district. Bike Fed also hopes this district will serve as a model for others in the state and country.
A $15,000 matching Innovation Grant bolstered Bike Pittsburgh’s Car Free Fridays program. This innovative effort engages a wide range of transportation partners to focus on a mutual goal of challenging commuters not to drive alone to work. The events highlights one neighborhood each month, engaging municipal managers to encourage residents, shoppers, and patrons to commute, shop, and visit car-free. BikePGH also introduced a bike/walk calculator application to tally users calories burned, and money and emissions saved. The application provides the framework for a friendly competition between local employers and neighborhoods, and could be replicated to get entire municipalities, cities, and states competing on a per capita basis.
Columbus, OH-based Consider Biking used a $12,500 matching Innovation Grant to boost its Corporate Cycling Caucus program. Through a top-down strategy of having the area’s biggest employers enable and encourage their workers to bike for any reason, Consider Biking aims to increase local bike mode share to 2 percent of trips by 2012. To achieve this goal, Consider Biking is utilizing the principles of Community Based Social Marketing, the measurable strategy of changing behavior that has been tested and credited with many successes in Canada and Australia in the past decade. This workplace intervention program is unifying the support of the corporate community to advocate for a bicycle-friendly Columbus.
California Bicycle Coalition Education Fund
The California Bicycle Coalition Education Fund received a $30,000 matching Startup/Capacity Grant to reenergize CBCEF and aid in the hiring of a new Executive Director. The new Executive Director will work to create and lead a traffic justice campaign; advocate for a high-speed rail system with on-board bicycle accommodations and secure bike parking; and develop a statewide recreational bicycle route to promote bicycle tourism.
Missouri Foundation for Bicycling and Walking
The Missouri Foundation for Bicycling and Walking received a $30,000 matching Startup/Capacity Grant to create a Kansas City metro area bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organization. The new subsidiary will work to extend the Katy Trail; secure the designation of five Bicycle Friendly Communities in the Kansas City metro region; and achieve a coordinated regional funding system for trails and bike routes.
The Community Development Council of Greater Memphis’ Livable Memphis Program received a $25,000 Innovation Grant to create a 1.7 mile bike-walk artway - a combination of on-road bicycle facilities and in-park greenway that completes the trail connection between two key areas of the City of Memphis. The project will increase advocacy for public investments in bicycle infrastructure, unite isolated, low-income neighborhoods with public amenities, and exemplify how street re-programming increases pedestrian traffic.
Bicycle Coalition of Maine
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine received an $18,000 Innovation Grant for its Community Spokes Program, which leverages the expertise of BCM staff, board members and local relationships of rural citizen advocates to generate improvements in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and policy statewide. This project will serve as a model for rural communities that face challenges with advocacy capacity, bicycle funding and infrastructure.
Receiving the largest grant ever awarded through the Advocacy Advance program, Bike Pittsburgh will use $40,000 per year, for three years, to leverage partnerships, identify key bicycle and pedestrian projects and get them funded. Advocates will work closely with the City of Pittsburgh on MOVEPGH - Pittsburgh’s first comprehensive transportation plan - to ensure the plan includes recommendations for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects that are eligible for federal funding. Advocates will also work with county officials to get projects in surrounding municipalities in the queue for federal funding.
Atlanta Bicycle Coalition
The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition (ABC) will receive $35,000 per year, for three years, to double federal spending on bicycle and pedestrian projects and programs in the Atlanta region, and triple the bicycle mode share from 1 to 3 percent. To meet these ambitious goals, ABC will hire additional staff and work with the local metropolitan planning organizations, and the Georgia Department of Transportation, to tap into two federal funding streams currently underutilized for bicycle and pedestrian projects—the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program and the Highway Safety Improvement Program.
Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) will receive a $15,000 matching grant to hire a dedicated bilingual education/outreach staff member to empower Spanish-speaking residents who lack access to bike safety and advocacy tools, and build political power for improved bicycling in L.A. by better including populations of color.
Bike Delaware advocates recently won $5 million in new dedicated funding for bicycling in Delaware in 2012 - more money than the state has ever allocated in the past. A $10,000 matching grant will help Bike Delaware create a national model to increase state bicycle and pedestrian funding by creating an action plan for state bicyclists, advocating legislation, monitoring and communicating with DelDOT, and tracking progress.
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