Bikes Belong is the national coalition of U.S. bicycle retailers and suppliers working together to get more Americans bicycling more often. This coalition focuses on federal policy and funding, community grants, and bicycling promotion in communities around the country to make biking a viable option for all. This 2012 plan highlights the progress Bikes Belong made in the previous year, as well as the goals the coalition has set to accomplish in the near future. By preserving the federal investment in bicycling, guiding and strengthening their national partners, and gathering essential research, Bikes Belong is working to continue progress toward a more bikable and livable America.
This plan outlines the main goals Bikes Belong established for 2012. The specific action steps addressed in the plan are intended to help the coalition reach its overarching mission of putting more people on bicycles more often. In 2012, Bikes Belong focused on preserving the federal investment in bicycling by raising over $70,000 for BikesPac, their political action committee, to contribute to the re-election of members of Congress who best support bicycling and bikable communities. Additionally, they worked to grow the Bikes Belong Foundation by launching the Green Lane Project, a program intended to speed the development of safer bikeways in six U.S. cities, and awarding nearly $200,000 in award grants to support community bicycling projects.
Bikes Belong awarded multiple community grants in 2012 including:
- ZAP Twin Cities Bicycle Community Program – this innovative project in Minneapolis, Minnesota is working to track and reward bicycle commuters in the Twin Cities downtown area. Using RFID technology, the project will enlist 625 initial riders, track their commuter travel, and reward them for choosing to bike instead of drive. This program received a $10,000 grant from Bikes Belong.
- Open Streets: Jackson – this project in Jackson, Mississippi will host the state’s first open streets event, in which city streets are closed to motor vehicles, to promote walking and bicycling in the city and create a healthier, more bike-friendly environment. Open Streets: Jackson was awarded a $4,000 grant from Bikes Belong.
- Indianapolis Bicycle Planning Summits – this project received a $10,000 grant from Bikes Belong to fund planning summits in five underserved urban neighborhoods in Indianapolis, Indiana that will help these areas develop bicycle infrastructure plans to improve current bicycle routes.
How to Use
Community planners and local officials can use the Bikes Belong 2012 Plan to gain an understanding of the progress Bikes Belong has made toward creating more bikable and livable communities throughout the country. Communities looking to implement projects that will improve their bicycling environment and infrastructure should review the goals outlined in this plan to better understand the kinds of programs Bikes Belong is looking to launch and fund in the coming year.
View full report: Bikes Belong: Our 2012 Plan (PDF – 4.8 MB)