PeopleForBikes, the national organization making bicycling better for everyone, has announced its latest round of community grants. Projects funded in this round will support bicycle infrastructure and advocacy projects across the United States. 

The latest grant round totals $50,000 and includes eight projects in seven states.

Bike Newport was a recipient of one of those grants, in the amount of $5,000 to help them with the Pump Track at the Big Blue Bike Barn at Miantonomi Park.

Pump Track at the Big Blue Bike Barn | $5,000
Newport, Rhode Island
This new pump track – located next to a park and connected to trails – will provide youth and families in this dense part of the city with a fun, safe place to ride. Bike Newport is using vacant land next to its Bike Barn and will offer programming and loaner bikes once the facility is complete. 

PeopleForBikes Community Grants Program is funded through the Employee Pro Purchase program, which collects donations from individuals who work in the industry and take advantage of pro-pricing on bike equipment. Cannondale, Giant, Shimano and Trek currently participate. To date, the grants program has funded more than 400 projects in all 50 states totaling more than $3.4 million in direct funds and leveraging nearly $770 million.

Other Award Winners

Jackson Street Bridge Placemaking | $10,000 
Atlanta, Georgia
Extensive community engagement led to a redesign of this bridge, with the final product including protected bike lanes and walking and viewing areas. The City of Atlanta will end with a safer facility that also meets the needs of the neighborhood.

Grand Traverse Traffic Garden + Pump Track | $7,500 
Traverse City, Michigan
Children and youth from the whole community will learn bicycle handling and riding skills on this traffic garden with a miniature street pattern and pump track in the Civic Center park. Norte Youth Cycling will offer programming to schools and provide loaner bikes for anyone who needs one. 

Warrior Trail Phase 3 | $7,500
Terre Haute, Indiana
Griffin Bike Park will be accessible to even more people with the addition of this mountain bike trail built to accommodate differently-abled riders on adaptive bikes. Building on the beginner adaptive trail currently under construction, this intermediate option will include adaptive jumps, berms, and wooden features to provide an exhilarating experience to every type of rider. 

Bridge the Ashley | $7,000
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Moves will use this grant award to power its campaign to add to, retrofit or redesign three crossings of the Ashley River. Bridges that are safe and accessible to people on bike or on foot are critical to equitably connecting the residential and work centers of Charleston, North Charleston, and the entire county. 

Stumphouse Mountain Bike Park Trail Construction | $5,000
Columbia, South Carolina
Palmetto Conservation Foundation will use this funding to develop an additional 10 miles of sustainable, single track flow trail to the existing four miles in this network. With very few places to mountain bike in the region, this facility will see increased use with each mile of trail added. 

Horseshoe Canyon Non-Motorized trail System: Bovine Re-route | $4,500
Driggs, Idaho
Mountain Bike the Tetons will use this grant to make trail improvements allowing youth mountain bike programs and the local NICA team to use more of the trail network. By re-routing the existing Bovine Trail, beginner and intermediate riders will be able to access more of the network while improving its sustainability. 

We Bike Juntos | $3,500
Chicago, Illinois
Universidad Popular will use this funding to teach youth from the Little Village neighborhood the knowledge and skills to advocate for bike infrastructure and safety to their local Alderman. While the goal is to encourage elected leaders to direct some funding to bicycling, teenage participants will also learn how to campaign for improvements to their own community. 

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