We are excited to announce that we have awarded over $25,000 to bicycle organizations who are working to attract people to cycling through policy and infrastructure projects that move bicycling forward across the country. This adds to the over 2 million dollars the company has donated to non-profit organizations helping to make America a friendlier place for cyclist.
Advocacy Focus Area
We award grants based on three focus areas: People, Places and Policy. Planet Bike’s advocacy goals include:
People: Planet Bike supports programs that enable all members of the community to have access to the tools and resources to become lifelong cyclists.
Places: Planet Bike promotes the construction of safe, comfortable and convenient bicycle networks suitable for people ages 8 to 80 years old that connect to where people live, work, shop and play.
Policy: Planet Bike encourages local, state and federal governmental policies and budgets that support complete bicycle networks for all people.
2019 Advocacy Support
The following organizations have received support from Planet Bike in this round of funding:
Blackstone Bicycle Works –https://experimentalstation.org/blackstone
Blackstone Bicycle Works is a community bike shop and youth education program. The mission of Blackstone is to provide educational and vocational opportunities to youth from some of Chicago’s most underserved neighborhoods. Approximately 175 young people work at Blackstone Bicycle Works each year.
Living Streets Alliance – Tucson – https://www.livingstreetsalliance.org/
Tucson-based Living Streets Alliance has a mission to promote healthy communities by empowering people to transform streets into vibrant places for walking, bicycling, socializing and playing. They recently worked with local governments on adopting a Complete Streets Policy and host events such as Cyclovia Tucson, Bike Repair Workshops and Community Bike Rides.
Trailnet – https://trailnet.org/
Trailnet works to foster healthy, active and vibrant communities throughout the greater St. Louis area. They’re helping to make biking, walking and public transit use a way of life in their region.
League of American Bicyclists – https://www.bikeleague.org/
The League of American Bicyclists represents bicyclists in the movement to create safer roads, stronger communities and a bicycle-friendly America. They define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for bicycling.
National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) – https://www.nationalmtb.org/
National Interscholastic Cycling Association sees a future where every American youth has the opportunity to build a strong body, mind and character through cycling. NICA provides leadership, services and governance for regional leagues to produce quality mountain bike events and support every student-athlete.
Free Bikes 4 Kidz Madison (FB4K) – http://fb4kmadison.org/
Free Bikes 4 Kidz is geared toward helping all kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood by providing bikes to families most in need. FB4K organizes hundreds of volunteers to clean and refurbish donated used bikes. In the past year, FB4K Madison gave away more than 1,400 bikes to kids in need.
In addition, we are supporting the following organizations though membership, product donation or other forms of support: 1% for the Planet, Adventure Cycling, IMBA, World Bicycle Relief, Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin, Madison Bikes and Wheels for Winners.
If you know of an organization that is doing good work to improve cycling in your community, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to consider your nomination in our next round of giving.