Thursday, June 4, 2009

FABB receives grant from Alliance for Biking and Walking

The Alliance for Biking and Walking announced today that FABB was awarded a grant of $9,600. FABB will develop an easy-to-follow handbook for non-engineer bicycle advocates to help them identify issues, make informed comments, and play a constructive role during the design of new bicycle facilities. As VDOT and Fairfax County develop more bicycle facilities in the coming years, it's important that bicycle advocates play a role in ensuring these facilities meet the needs of cyclists. This work often requires reviewing detailed engineering plans, interacting with engineers and technical staff, and being able to speak the language of bicycle facility design. The brochure, in paper and electronic form, will help cyclists and others through this process.

According to the Alliance for Biking and Walking press release:
Washington, DC - June 4, 2009 The Alliance for Biking & Walking is awarding seven grants totaling over $125,000 to grassroots biking and walking advocacy organizations. The Advocacy Advance Grants will be used to jump-start emerging advocacy organizations and to fund innovative campaigns with the potential to dramatically increase biking and walking. These grants are a key part of the Advocacy Advance Partnership with the League of American Bicyclists. Launched this year, the grants are made possible with generous funding by SRAM, Planet Bike, Bikes Belong, and Cannondale. Nearly 100 proposals totaling over $2 million were received in this first round. Awards include:

Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling (a local chapter of the DC regional WABA) will receive $9,600 to develop a handbook to help bicycling advocates understand how to best influence and play a constructive role during the design of new facilities. This resource will help bridge the gap between advocates, successful advocacy, and design engineers and will be available online for reference by advocates across North America. FABB is a working group of the Washington (DC) Area Bicyclist Association (WABA). The FABB mission is to make bicycling an integral part of the transportation network of Fairfax County, Virginia, part of the Washington metro area.

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Congratulations Bruce! FABB is a great resource for many people so it's well deserved.
Brilliant work Fionnuala and Bruce. This is a huge step forward for FABB and bicycling in Fairfax.
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