Changemaker Nomination: Alliance for Biking & Walking

It’s the next 2013 Changemaker Nomination suggested by a chocolate lover like you! 

Congratulations to Alliance for Biking &

Here’s what Bree has to say about this fearless organization:

“The Alliance for Biking & Walking is the only organization in North America that is committed to building a new generation of active transportation leaders. The Alliance strengthens, builds and connects over 200 state and local bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations that are working to improve their local communities and provide transportation options to millions of North Americans every day.”

A little more info:

25_Alliance4BikingWalking“The Alliance for Biking & Walking is North America’s coalition of local and state bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations. We create, strengthen and unite advocacy leaders who are transforming their communities into great places to bike and walk.

In 1996, Bill Wilkinson and Charlie Gandy of the Bicycle Federation of America (now the National Center for Bicycling and Walking) invited 20 leaders of bicycle advocacy organizations to the remote Thunderhead Ranch in Wyoming. There, participants discovered that colleagues around the country were facing both similar challenges in sustaining their advocacy organizations, and a common opportunity—the renewal of federal transportation legislation. Soon, these groups were key players in the bike industry-funded Bikes Belong Coalition. The result: After hard work implementing the bill in communities across America, $285 million in federal transportation moneys was invested in bicycling projects over six years.

By the end of the second retreat in 1997, these grassroots leaders had recognized that the special energy generated by these gatherings merited the establishment of a permanent organization dedicated to linking state and local bike advocacy organizations and leaders. The (Thunderhead) Alliance was born!”

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