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Bikes Belong Awards $42,000 in Grants

Boulder, Colorado-based Bikes Belong will award $42,000 in grants this month to six exciting bicycling projects. The urban programs, community pathways, and mountain bike facilities supported by this round of grants will increase ridership in cities, towns, and parks throughout the country, putting more people on bicycles more often.

At the top of the list, Concerned Long Island Mountain Bicyclists (CLIMB), of Cunningham Park, NY, will receive $10,000 to help build a network of beginner, intermediate, and advanced mountain bike trails in Cunningham Park, in the New York City borough of Queens. Because of the group's success with other trail projects and programs, New York City Parks & Recreation has given CLIMB permission to build and maintain the mountain bike trails in the park. When complete, these trails will form the first mountain bike facility in New York City.

$10,000 awards will also go to programs in Chicago, Il (Chicagoland Bicycle Federation - Sunday Parkways) and Kansas City, KS (Community Connection Trail Coalition - Community Connection Trail).

Other awards will be granted to Bicycle Boulevard Campaign in Oregon, the North Branch Park Mulit-Use Trail in Montpelier, VT, and the Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail in Park City, UT.

For more information about Bike Belongs, check out the organization's Web site: bikesbelong.org

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