Biking Shorts - December 6, 2012
By Barbara Schmid
GGRBC was recently awarded with a $75,000 grant from the Wege Foundation!
At yesterday’s Board of Directors meeting, we voted unanimously to accept the grant. These funds will be used for the operations support necessary to advance our advocacy campaign, 100 Miles by 2014: Bike Lanes Now! in an effort to increase the number of miles of regional streets with bike lanes.
Additional outcomes we are striving to achieve in conjunction with this campaign include:
* increasing the number of bicycle commuters,
* growing our bicycle safety education program,
* increasing the number of LAB Bicycle Friendly Businesses in the area,
* working toward a Silver Bicycle Friendly Community designation from LAB.
We are understandably excited about this latest grant award. When combined with other grants from the Frey Foundation, Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Dyer Ives Foundation, the Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation and our Founding Sponsors campaign, we have reached the point where we can hire a full-time executive director. Until now, GGRBC has relied on a part-time consultant and a hard-working volunteer board to manage its affairs. Staff and an office will allow us to accelerate our priorities, better administer “the business” side of running a growing non-profit and improve consistency in our outreach.
More Local Businesses Become BFBs
Three local businesses were recently awarded with a Bronze level Bicycle Friendly Business designation from the League of American Bicyclists. They are:
Village Bike and Fitness
“We feel cycling is important to the country and our community. As a leader in the bicycling community, we felt a responsibility to provide an example of what it means to be a Bicycle Friendly Business,” Dale Phelps, owner of Village Bike, said.
Other local BFBs are CycleSafe, also at the Bronze level, and Catalyst Partners, an Honorable Mention. Mel Trotter Ministries has the only Silver designation in Grand Rapids.
GGRBC offered its Bicycle Friendly Employer consulting service to Priority Health during its BFB application process. We also provided technical assistance to Village Bike and Fitness. Applications can be submitted to LAB twice a year, in January and June.
If your company is interested in becoming a BFB, please contact interim director, Tom Tilma (560-5705) to discuss how GGRBC can assist you.
Save the Date
Our next Handlebar Happy Hour networking event will take place January 9. Venue and details to come.
Your new GGRBC officers will take the helm next month:
Chair - Josh Duggan
Vice Chair - Lindsey Des Armo
Secretary - Jay Fowler
Treasurer - Dale Phelps
Chair-at-Large - Barbara Schmid