Rapid Response Grant Supports Early Success of BTA’s Bike Share Campaign
Last week, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance won the first phase of its campaign to bring a bike share system to Portland, when the Portland City Council voted in support of $2 million in Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program (MTIP) money for a capital investment in bike sharing.
The BTA also received a $3,000 Advocacy Advance Rapid Response grant to build on this success and prepare for the next phase of the campaign: to build on this success and prepare for the next phase of the campaign: Secure full funding at the regional Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the City of Portland to build and operate the new $11.5 million bike sharing program.
This campaign is indeed urgent. Following the recent vote on August 18, the decision moves to the MPO for a vote on December 8th, 2011. The final allocation decision will be made by Metro, the regionally elected government, on December 15th. BTA’s goal is to help raise the combination of public and private money that will make bike sharing a success.
The proposed bike share program, the 10th in the country, will have 740 bikes located at 74 bike stations throughout downtown Portland, encouraging thousands of new riders in the central business district and enhancing safety associated with increased ridership.
Rapid Response grants have also funded the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin’s successful campaign to restore $2 million of the state’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Program.
Thanks to the support of SRAM Cycling Fund, Advocacy Advance has $16,000 remaining to fund organizations met with urgent and unexpected opportunities to win, increase, or preserve funding for biking and walking. Visit the Advocacy Advance Grants page or e-mail us for more information on our grant program.