Announcing the Bikes Belong Foundation
October 15, 2006
Bikes Belong Coalition has launched an affiliated foundation to support bicycle safety projects and promote children's bicycling programs. The Bikes Belong Foundation recently received approval from the Internal Revenue Service and now operates as a 501c3 charitable nonprofit organization. The foundation will help increase bicycling participation by facilitating funding from other foundations, government agencies, and individuals. The Bikes Belong Foundation already backs two important projects:
- The Paul David Clark Bicycling Safety Fund focuses on improving bicycle safety, initially in Northern California. The Clark Fund is named for Paul Clark, a San Francisco cyclist who was killed in 2005 in a collision with a truck while riding near Livermore, California.
- The Safe Routes to School National Partnership, which debuted in August 2005, was created to enhance the new $600-million federal Safe Routes to School program that aims to increase the number of children who pedal or walk to school. The Safe Routes to School National Partnership now includes more than 220 affiliated organizations. Bikes Belong Coalition has been the lead sponsor since its inception; the partnership now operates under the foundation umbrella.