BOULDER – Community Cycles, a nonprofit organization that educates and advocates for the safe use of bicycles, will receive two grants totaling $120,000 from the Denver Regional Council of Governments and Boulder County. These grants, which begin in 2012, will expand Community Cycles’ programs, including its Earn-a-Bike, jail work release, workplace training, and children’s safety programs.
·- DRCOG awarded Community Cycles $50,000 over a two-year period as part of a Federal Highways’ Congestion Mitigation Air Quality initiative. Community Cycles will apply the funding to conduct bike-training workshops at local businesses to encourage bike commuting. This program will begin in March. Businesses in Boulder County and along the U.S. 36 corridor are eligible to participate.
- Boulder County awarded Community Cycles $70,000 to expand its popular Earn-a-Bike program, which involves participants attending several classes to learn basic mechanical skills, safety and etiquette before “earning” this bike at no cost. This Boulder County grant is part of a larger Federal Transit Adminstration grant. The Earn-a-Bike program has reduced car trips and supported low-income county residents with transportation needs. As part of the program, more than 1,500 bikes are recycled into the community as well.
“We have worked very hard during our five years to establish Community Cycles as a grassroots organization with a goal of enhancing the quality of life in Boulder County through bike advocacy and education,” said Rich Points, executive director. “We rely on our members and volunteers extensively, but we are pleased to get funding we can count on to keep our efforts moving forward.”