November 13, 2006
Bikes Belong will award $40,000 in grants this month to five outstanding bicycling projects. The funding support for these paths, trails, and other facilities will help create great places to ride in communities across the country.
ClevelandBikes will receive $10,000 to develop and promote an urban bike station. The facility will be downtown near the transit hub, which is accessed by a network of bike lanes and designated routes, making it easily accessible for commuters. The site, which was donated by the city, is also near the Quicken Loans Arena (The Q), and the station will be able to provide secure bike parking for events.
Through advocacy work, mentorship, and infrastructure improvements, Cleveland Bikes has significantly improved conditions for cyclists in the city. The bike station project promises to continue this trend while increasing ridership, with an emphasis on bike commuting.
Since Bikes Belong's Grants Program began in 1999, they have funded 132 grant proposals in 40 states and the District of Columbia, awarding more than $1 million in cash and leveraging more than $450 million in federal, state, and private funding. Their facilities grants alone have helped finance nearly 1,400 miles of bike paths and trails that link close to 6,000 miles of trail facilities.
To read the complete details of this month's grants, including the four other recipients, see the news release on Bikes Belong's web site.