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"Bicycle Times", January 1, 2013

ADVOCACY BRIEFS

BY ANDREA CONNELL

BRIEF-1

Organizations awarded “Better Bicycling Community” grants

Performance Bicycle, the country’s largest cycling retailer, distributed $30,000 between 10 community organizations for their efforts to make cycling more accessible. “It was a tough decision to narrow it down to 10 recipients,” said Performance Bicycle Chief Executive Officer David Pruitt. Projects the grants will fund include rejuvenating mountain bike trails, improving shared-use paths, cycling education, and promotion of cycling and walking in general. Each of the following organizations were awarded $3,000: Bike Austin, Bike Maryland, Bike Utah, Carrboro Bicycle Coalition, Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation, Central Ohio Mountain Biking Organization, Community Bikes, East Bay Bicycle Coalition, Living Streets Alliance, and Santa Monica Spoke.

BRIEF-2

League of American Bicyclists introduces higher standards

In late September, the League announced it was adding a diamond designation to its Bicycle Friendly Communities program, which recognizes efforts to improve cycling within cities. “If it sounds like we are moving the goalposts, it’s because we are,” said Andy Clarke, League President. “Communities are doing so much more, and the state of the practice in innovative infrastructure and programs has developed so rapidly in recent years, that it really is time to challenge communities to do even more to make biking better.” The diamond designation will encourage American cities to compete with their European counterparts. Diamond status will tailor criteria to each city and will create 5-, 10- and 15-year goals.

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