Chicago-based component maker SRAM has contributed a US$200,000 grant to the Safe Routes to School National Partnership through its new SRAM Cycling Fund.
"Creating a better environment for children to bike and walk to school is good for everyone," said SRAM President Stan Day. "SRAM recognizes the heavy lifting being done by local advocates all around the country on this important program. We hope that our contribution can help Partnership director Deb Hubsmith and her team to support these advocates and continue to inspire progress."
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership, formed in 2005, is a network of more than 350 nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, and professionals working together to advance the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) movement in the United States. SRTS can provide a variety of important benefits to children and their communities, including increasing physical activity, reducing traffic congestion, improving air quality, and enhancing neighborhood safety.
This is the first award made by SRAM's Cycling Fund that was created on September 30, 2008. During the next five years, the Fund plans to award US$10 million in grants to support cycling advocacy programs around the world that focus on improving bicycling infrastructure.
The SRAM Cycling Fund website will go live by the end of December, providing information about the fund and track progress of grants. SRAM plans to announce several more major grants during the next few weeks.
For more information, visit www.saferoutespartnership.org.