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Bikes Belong awards grants for trails and bicycle facilities

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The Moab trail system includes an impressive bridge

Winter 2010 grants toptal $55,000

Bikes Belong awarded grants to five great projects this summer, putting more people on bicycles more often in Arkansas, Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, and Wisconsin. Our funding in this round will help build bridges, bike paths, trails, and BMX facilities that will enhance communities, increase ridership, and benefit the bike business. These grants are made possible by Bikes Belong member contributions.

Moab Trails Alliance—Moab Canyon Path (Moab, UT)
A $10,000 grant will go to the Moab Trails Alliance to help complete the Moab Canyon Path (aka The Old Highway), one of the key components of the North Moab Recreation Areas Alternative Transportation System. This paved path will link Moab's Lions Park Trail and Transit Hub with Arches National Park and the beloved singletrack trails north of town, providing a safe, scenic route for avid, recreational, and new riders alike.

Ohio River Way, Inc.—Ohio River Trail (Cincinnati, OH)
A $10,000 grant from Bikes Belong will help the Ohio River Way, Inc. to pave a segment of the Ohio River Trail that will link downtown Cincinnati to Lunken Airport. This scenic path with dramatic river views will serve as a beautiful transportation and recreation route, eventually connecting to the popular Little Miami Scenic Trail, when complete. Our grant will leverage private funding raised for this stretch of path; federal and state grants have been secured for adjoining sections of the trail. Ohio River Way expects more than 500,000 trail users to enjoy this route annually.

Cuyuna Lakes Trail Association—Cuyuna Lakes State Trail (Crosby, MN)
A $10,000 Bikes Belong grant will help the Cuyuna Lakes Trail Association construct two sections of paved trail that will connect an elementary school, a senior housing facility, and a community center to the five miles of existing trail in Crosby, Minnesota. When complete, the 39-mile Cuyuna Lakes State Trail will link to the popular Paul Bunyan Trail as well as an IMBA Ride Center currently under development, enabling people to extend their rides and introducing bike-path enthusiasts to the sport of mountain biking. Our funding will leverage grants from several local foundations and trusts as well as a state bond for the trail system, which is a priority project for Congressman Jim Oberstar.

City of Redmond, Washington—Redmond Bike Park (Redmond, WA)
Bikes Belong's $10,000 grant will help the City of Redmond build the Redmond Bike Park. The city has forged strong partnerships with the bicycling community—including the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, the Cascade Bicycle Club, and local bicycle shops and suppliers—to design and build this park. Roughly 2,450 mountain bikers live within 2 miles of the facility, which will be easily accessible by bike from several local schools and serve as a great destination for the Seattle Trips for Kids chapter. Our grant will help the city leverage additional funding from other organizations and foundations.

Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA)—CAMBA Singletrack (Cable, WI)
A $5,000 grant from Bikes Belong will support the Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) in its effort to complete the final phase of development in the Cable, Hayward, and Seeley clusters, creating 28 miles of continuous singletrack at this well-loved mountain bike destination. Our funding will bolster significant contributions from CAMBA members and the community, as well as generous support from the state's bike industry.

Watauga County Tourism Development Authority—Rocky Knob Park Trails (Boone, NC)
A $5,000 grant from Bikes Belong will help the Watauga County Tourism Development Authority (WCTDA) and Boone Area Cyclists to develop a mountain bike trail system at Rocky Knob Park near Boone, North Carolina. Though Watauga County and the town of Boone are emerging as fast-growing destinations for outdoor enthusiasts, residents and visitors must drive outside of the county to access legal singletrack trails—a situation the WCTDA's new outdoor recreation planner (an avid mountain biker) is determined to change. Our grant will help leverage additional funds and serve as a match for pending grants from the state's Parks and Recreation Trust Fund and Adopt-a-Trail program.

City of Middleton, Wisconsin—Middleton Bike Park (Middleton, WI)
A $5,000 grant will help the City of Middleton and the Capital Off-Road Pathfinders (CORP) to build a bike park adjacent to the city's public golf course. Middleton, a suburb of Madison, has been working diligently to improve its bike friendliness, and sees this facility as a key step in the process. The city will make the park a central element of its trails master plan, so mountain bikers can ride to trails instead of drive. Bikes Belong's grant will leverage funding from the city and help garner additional contributions from individual donors and the local bike industry.

Since Bikes Belong's Grants Program began in 1999, we have awarded 203 grants in 48 states and the District of Columbia, awarding nearly $1.6 million in cash and leveraging close to $550 million in federal, state, and private funding. Our facilities grants alone have helped finance more than 1,630 miles of bike paths and trails that link almost 7,500 miles of bike facilities.


Bikes Belong 2009 grants for trails and bicycle facilities


Walkway Over the Hudson (NY)

A $10,000 Bikes Belong grant will go to Walkway Over the Hudson for their namesake project—a bike/ped bridge that will turn the historic Poughkeepsie–Highland Railroad Bridge into a linear park and trailway. Our grant will join funding from the New York Office of Parks & Recreation and Historic Preservation, Scenic Hudson, ARRA Stimulus funds and support from the National Park Service, among others. The project is on track for completion in October, in time for the 400th anniversary celebration of Henry Hudson's first trip up the river.

Friends of the Belmont Community Path (MA)

A $10,000 grant will help Friends of the Belmont Community Path, a subcommittee of the Belmont Citizens Forum, to fund a portion of the Mass Central Rail Trail from Brighton to Belmont Center. This multi-use path, which leads through a heavily populated residential area to the subway station, will serve as a major connection for bike commuters from Boston's western suburbs. Our funding will leverage a $50,000 grant from the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation, and both together will be used to match federal funding already secured for the multi-million dollar project.

Delaware Trail Spinners—Paper Mill Park Connector Trail (DE)

The Delaware Trail Spinners will use their $10,000 grant to help build a section of natural-surface trail connecting Middle Run Valley Natural Resource Area and Paper Mill Park. This link will serve as a gateway trail, introducing new riders to mountain biking and setting the stage for trail expansion into neighboring White Clay Park. It will also help reduce car traffic at Paper Mill Park, as riders will be able to access the park safely and easily by bike. Bikes Belong's grant will complement significant in-kind contributions and volunteer trailwork as well as funding from New Castle County.

Wilderness Lakes Trails—Agonikak National Recreation Trail (WI)

A $5,000 grant will help Wilderness Lakes Trails to restore and expand a central section of the Agonikak National Recreation Trail. This scenic trail, in the Ottowa National Forest, will be a key part of the 40-mile trail system that circumnavigates the Sylvania Wilderness, enabling riders of all ages and abilities to legally experience and enjoy pristine wild lands by bike. Our funds will help match a Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant for the project.

Harrison Downtown Development & Revitalization Foundation—Harrison BMX/Skatepark (AR)

The Harrison Downtown Development & Revitalization Foundation will receive a $5,000 grant to help the Harrison BMX/Skatepark Committee build a new facility in their town. The park will be part of revitalization efforts in the historic downtown area, replacing jumps and ramps local BMX riders and skaters have constructed in a dilapidated parking lot. This grant award is contingent on the group receiving federal stimulus funding for the project. They've already gained significant support from the Tony Hawk Foundation, FedEx, their local McDonalds, and several individual donors.

About Bikes Belong

Bikes Belong Coalition is the U.S. bicycle industry organization dedicated to putting more people on bicycles more often. We work to increase federal bike funding, award grants to support innovative bike projects, promote bicycling and its benefits, and back crucial national efforts such as Safe Routes to School, Bicycle Friendly Communities, and the National Bike Summit. Through the affiliated Bikes Belong Foundation, we focus on improving bicycle safety and enhancing bike programs for children.

Since Bikes Belong's Grants Program began in 1999, we have funded 191 grant proposals in 48 states and the District of Columbia, awarding nearly $1.6 million in cash and leveraging close to $525 million in federal, state, and private funding. Our facilities grants alone have helped finance more than 1,450 miles of bike paths and trails that link almost 7,500 miles of bike facilities.

For more information

Elizabeth Train, Grants and Research Director

phone: 303/449-4893

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