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Grant funding available for creative ideas to promote bicycling

Wanted: fun, exciting, and creative projects and programs to promote bicycling in the San Diego region. SANDAG is providing grants of up to $3,000 to local government agencies, community organizations, educational institutions, and nonprofits to organize and promote bicycling activities around Bike Month 2015.

A total of $30,000 is available. Examples of eligible activities for grant funding include: community rides, bike rodeos and safety obstacle courses for kids, bike education classes, “Bike to Business” promotions, “Bike to Work Day” or “Bike to School Day” events, and campaigns or contests that promote bike riding.

The Bike Month Mini Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis through January 30, 2015. Activities funded must take place between April 1 and June 30, 2015. Complete details on eligibility, reporting requirements, evaluation and selection criteria, and timelines are available on the application.

The grants are intended to support creative efforts to encourage people to ride bikes and adopt bicycling as a form of transportation. The SANDAG Regional Transportation Plan calls for expanding bicycling infrastructure and programs in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, alleviate traffic congestion, and improve public health.

Each year, the SANDAG iCommute program organizes Bike to Work Day and Bike Month festivities. In 2014, Bike to Work Day in the San Diego region enjoyed record-breaking participation with nearly 8,700 cyclists commuting by pedal power. Collectively, they logged more than 272,000 bicycle commute miles, equating to more than 11,800 gallons of gas saved and 8.3 million calories burned.

For more information on Bike Month Mini Grants, visit iCommuteSD.com or call 511 and say “iCommute.”

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For media inquiries, please contact the SANDAG Public Information Office at (619) 699-1950 or pio@sandag.org.