Beyond exercise, it is easy to list the benefits of biking for both riders and the communities they live in. There is reduced traffic congestion, cleaner air, greater energy independence, smaller carbon footprints, and larger wallets when used as alternatives to autos. Not to mention, there is just something liberating about peddling along outside at our own pace, even if we are in the middle of a congested urban area. In order to further advance biking as a force for good, People for Bikes is looking for communities committed to creating cultures where cycling is cool.
The Big Jump Project
People for Bikes’ The Big Jump Project is looking for ten places who want to double or triple the number of bike riders over the next few years. Their premise is simple. If a community does things right, and makes biking safe, convenient and fun, more people will get out there and ride. Resources the program will provide include but are not limited to:
- Grants that assist with implementing bike networks and help in connecting stand alone projects to such networks.
- Access to national and international transportation experts.
- A forum where you can communicate with the other cities selected for the project.
- Training and best practices in areas as diverse as technical assistance to public outreach.
- National media exposure on your project that emphasizes your leadership status in the biking infrastructure arena.
Applying for the Big Jump Project
State, local governments and Native American tribal governments are eligible. Only representatives of governments may apply, but having broad community support behind the project will increase your chances of being selected. Matching is highly encouraged but not an absolute necessity. The information page has further requirements, suggestions for submitting a strong application, transcripts of webinars and more. Apply by Friday, October 28, 2016.
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