GO by BIKE Mini-Grant Program 2021

After a two-year postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SANDAG is excited to celebrate the 30th Annual Bike to Work Day during National Bike Month in May 2022! In support of Bike Month, SANDAG is offering grants of up to $3,000 for programs or projects that promote biking through outreach and education. 

A total of $60,000 in grant funding is available! Grant money can be used for an event, a campaign, or even a piece of a larger effort you’re already working on. Examples include: 
  • Community rides, bike scavenger hunts, or guided bike tours to highlight existing bike paths/infrastructure 
  • Bike education classes related to bike maintenance, skill building, bike commuting, and safety 
  • Local “Bike to Work” or “Bike to Campus” events open to the public 
  • Bike to business promotions in a neighborhood business district 
  • Bike-in movie events 
  • Public events or rides that open city streets to bikes 
  • Campaigns, events, fairs, or contests that promote biking or bike safety 

Eligible applicants include the County of San Diego and cities in the County of San Diego; community-based and nonprofit organizations; colleges and universities; business improvement districts; main street associations; and chambers of commerce. Public and private K-12 schools and San Diego County school districts are not eligible but can partner with a community-based organization or non-profit organization to serve as the applicant/Grantee. 

Mini-Grant applications are due by January 11, 2022, at 5 p.m., and grant award notifications will be made by February 4, 2022. Activities must take place between March 18 and June 18, 2022. For information on how to apply, visit iCommuteSD.com/bikemonth. 

Introduction

Riding to 2050: San Diego Regional Bike Plan proposes a vision for a diverse regional bike system of interconnected corridors, support facilities, and programs to make biking a convenient form of transportation for everyday travel. The plan, now known as GO by BIKE, is intended to guide the development of the regional bike network through the year 2050.

Planning for a more bike friendly region helps resolve multiple complex and interrelated issues, including traffic congestion, air quality, climate change, public health, and livability. By guiding the region toward the creation of a substantial regional bike network, this plan can affect all of these issue areas, thereby improving existing and future quality of life in the San Diego region.

The Bike Plan presents an interconnected network of bike corridors that will enable residents to bike safely on more direct and convenient routes within and between major regional destinations and activity centers. It also supports implementation of both the SANDAG Regional Comprehensive Plan (RCP) and the SANDAG 2050 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).

The RCP calls for more transportation choices and a balanced regional transportation system that supports smart growth and a more sustainable region. The RTP calls for a multimodal regional transportation system that includes a regional bike network. The Bike Plan provides that network.

Investing in Active Transportation

Biking and walking are modes of active transportation, a concept that emphasizes the health benefits of these modes of travel for individuals and communities. In October 2011, SANDAG adopted the 2050 RTP and Sustainable Communities Strategy, which made an unprecedented commitment to active transportation. In September 2013, the SANDAG Board of Directors approved $200 million to implement the Regional Bike Plan Early Action Program (EAP). Over the next ten years, the EAP will:

Prior to establishing the early action program, SANDAG had set aside initial funding to implement portions of the high-priority regional bike projects and to initiate work on several supporting programs.

More information is available from our San Diego Regional Bike Plan Early Action Program fact sheet.

Interactive San Diego Regional Bike Map

To receive a bike map by mail, please email iCommute@sandag.org or view the San Diego Regional Bike Map at iCommuteSD.com/bikemap.

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