by: Zoe Kircos, director of grants and partnerships
Mountain bike trails near the future location of Sugarcamp Mountain Bike Park
PeopleForBikes awarded more than $50,000 to eight projects through its Community Grants program this December. In locations stretching from Alabama to Idaho, these funds will help build bike parks, multi-use paths and mountain bike trails with the goal of creating safe, enjoyable places to ride for everyone.
Since 1999, PeopleForBikes has funded nearly 400 bicycle infrastructure projects with more than $3 million in grant awards. The Community Grants program is supported by employee donations from Cannondale, Fuji, Giant, Shimano, Specialized and Trek. For more information, please click here.
Sugarcamp Mountain Bike Park: $8,000
This small Appalachian community is using a reclaimed coal mine to build a bike park and beginner trail next to an existing 24-mile mountain bike trail network. PeopleForBikes’ $8,000 grant will help the City of Prestonsburg, Jenny Wiley State Resort Park and a team of volunteers provide a facility to encourage more people to get outside and ride.
Salmon Valley Highway 93 South Trail: $10,000
Salmon Valley Stewardship will use this $10,000 grant to construct a 5-mile trail connecting residential and recreation areas, two employment centers, the airport and the Town of Salmon. PeopleForBikes’ award will be used as a match for state grant funding.
Thomas Beginner Mountain Bike Trail: $10,000
Thomas, West Virginia
A local trail builder and significant donations of volunteer time will help make this 2.4-mile beginner mountain bike trail a reality. With PeopleForBikes’ $10,000 grant, New Historic Thomas will add to their existing intermediate and advanced trails to provide more recreational opportunities for youth and novice riders.
Ditto Landing, Hunstville, AL (Image: Flickr)
Ditto Landing West Greenway: $5,000
PeopleForBikes’ grant of $5,000 will help the Huntsville Madison County Marina & Port Authority add a 2-mile extension to the network of greenways along the Tennessee River. In conjunction with the City of Huntsville, the organization’s five-year plan will continue this expansion with connections to a local high school and residential areas.
Folsom Trail: $3,400
Salt Lake City, Utah
PeopleForBikes’ $3,400 grant will be used to help close the funding gap in a key 1.39-mile segment of the Folsom Trail. When complete, this link will connect the 100-mile Provo-Jordan River Parkway Trail from Provo to Ogden and to the Salt Lake City central business district.
Braddock, PA library, the future home of a bike repair station
Red Lantern Repair Stations: $950
The Red Lantern Bike Shop will use this PeopleForBikes grant of $950 to purchase and install a bike repair station outside the local library.
Welcome Park Bike Park: $8,000
The City of Dayton, OH is adding beginner to advanced pump tracks, a perimeter trail with skill features and a progression jump zone to the existing Welcome Park with the help of this $8,000 grant from PeopleForBikes. The City is working with local non-profits to donate bikes for area youth to use, encouraging more neighborhood residents to start riding.
The Old Blue River Trail: $5,000
The City of Manhattan, KS will use PeopleForBikes’ $5,000 grant to construct a 0.7-mile trail linking a residential neighborhood to other trails, restaurants, a grocery store and employment. When complete, this segment will connect to two existing trails forming a three-mile loop.