by Zoe Kircos, PeopleForBikes grants manager
After countless hours reviewing proposals, drinking coffee, discussing merits, asking questions, drinking more coffee, and talking again, we are happy to announce our latest round of our Community Grants Program winners.
1) Cleveland Metropolitan Park District (Cleveland, OH): $10,000 for the new Riverwalk Trail as part of redevelopment along the Cuyahoga River
2) Platteville Community Arboretum (Platteville, WI): $10,000 for upgrades and an extension to the Rountree Branch Recreational Trail
3) Virginia Association for Parks (Richmond, VA): $10,000 for the new Richmond Regional Ride Center mountain biking facility
4) Friends of the Lafitte Corridor (New Orleans, LA): $5,600 for destination and wayfinding signs on the first-of-its-kind Lafitte Greenway
5) Southern Off-Road Bicycling Association (Jacksonville, FL): $5,500 for the Beach and Peach Urban Bike Park, turning an abandoned property into an opportunity for skill building and mountain biking
6) Transit Columbus (Columbus, OH): Awarded $5,000 for the city’s first open streets day in September 2014
7) City of Brownsville (Brownsville, TX): $2,500 to make bicycling a better transportation option by adding bike racks across the city
8) FreeWheels for Kids Bike Clubs (Kansas City, KS): $1,500 to help two middle school Bike Clubs build an off-road bike path in their neighborhood
As always, the PeopleForBikes Community Grants program invites submissions from communities across the country working to improve the environment for bicycling where they live. Past projects have ranged from paving corners on the local BMX track to building the first protected bike lane in the state. This round also matched our highest number of applications ever: we received 130 letters of interest, and over four months narrowed those down to just eight recipients.
Many thanks to all those who submitted superior applications and are working hard, day in and day out, to make it easier and safer to ride a bike. We applaud your efforts and hope we can fund more of you in the future!
Florida’s Beach and Peach Urban Bike Park will welcome more riders as SORBA-Jax gets to work.
We hope these Columbus, Ohio riders will share the love during the city’s first open streets day in September.