BY MEGAN TOMPKINS
LUSAKA, Zambia—Steven Chilinga swings his leg over the seat of his bicycle and pedals expertly along the rutted dirt path that leads from his home on the outskirts of the rural Zambian village of Keembe. A wisp of a boy, he must stand to reach the pedals of his adult-sized frame.
HONOLULU, HI (BRAIN)—Pedal Power founder and national transportation expert and advocate Justin Fanslau says all he wants for Christmas this year is your support as he rides around the Big Island of Hawaii.
BETHEL, CT (BRAIN)—Employees from Bethel, CT-based Cycling Sports Group (CSG) gathered last Friday to refurbish over 100 donated children’s bicycles and tricycles for community placement through local non-profit Danbury Youth Services.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)— The Alliance for Biking & Walking is awarding $104,000 in grants to five grassroots biking and walking advocacy organizations.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Bikes Belong has announced six fall grant awards that will help put more people on bicycles more often in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT (BRAIN)— Bikes for Kids Utah, a non-profit 501(C)3 organization, will purchase 1,000 Bikes for Kids Utah-branded bicycles from Ames, Iowa-based Cycle Force Group.
BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN)—QBP is donating $10,000 to the Ogden Bicycle Collective, a nonprofit organization that promotes bicycles for transportation and recreation.
QBP, which is opening a new distribution center in Ogden, Utah in Spring 2010, has a long record of advocating for bike-related causes.
FERNDALE, WA (BRAIN)—Kona has partnered with the HopeFirst Foundation to provide children in Gambia, Africa a better way to get to school.
SAN RAFAEL, CA (BRAIN)—For the second year, Ellsworth Handcrafted Bicycles is sponsoring a trade-in program to help Trips for Kids (TFK) fund more mountain bike rides for disadvantaged youth around the world.
SAN RAFAEL, CA (BRAIN)—Trips for Kids has announced that Magura Direct, United States distributor of Uvex helmets and sunglasses, will donate one dollar to Trips for Kids for every children's helmet sold during the 2009 holiday season.
FERNDALE, WA (BRAIN)—Kona Bicycles and Roadmonkey Adventure Philanthropy have partnered to provide Kona AfricaBikes to ethnic minority students in Vietnam's Central Highlands.
SAN RAFAEL, CA (BRAIN)—The California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports has selected Trips for Kids (TFK) as its 2009 Non-Profit Organization of the Year from more than 700 nominees.
GHENT, Belgium (BRAIN)—The SRAM Cycling Fund has awarded the European Twowheel Retailers’ Association (ETRA) a € 30,000 grant. The funds will be used over a period of two years for ETRA’s role in the Presto project and for the promotion of cycling at EU level.
PROVIDENCE, RI (BRAIN)—Bikes Belong and Interbike have contributed $2,500 to the U.S Open Cycling Foundation (USOCF) for safe cycling seminars that will take place four times a day during OutDoor Demo East in Providence, Rhode Island October 8 - 11.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Celebrated on the first Saturday of each October, the next edition of IMBA’s International Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day is tomorrow.
This year’s turnout will be the largest ever, with more than 7,100 kids registered and ready to ride their bikes in 167 official events.
LAS VEGAS, NV (BRIAN)—As Bikes Belong celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, executive director Tim Blumenthal (pictured) takes heart that the industry has coalesced around its role as the leading advocacy voice.
LAS VEGAS, NV (BRAIN)—Bikes Belong and Interbike will invest more than $50,000 during the next two years to improve bicycling conditions for children in Las Vegas—the international trade show’s host city.
FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN)—The International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) is expanding the “I” in IMBA with the formation of IMBA Europe.
MISSOULA, MT (BRAIN)—Adventure Cycling Association has received three new grants in support of the organization's work to establish an official United States Bicycle Route System (USBRS).
MADISON, WI (BRAIN)—A crowd of about 400 cycling advocates, suppliers and retailers, as well as Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle, gathered last night at a fundraiser for Congressman James Oberstar (D-MN) in Madison, Wisconsin.