Go Bike! Rockford competes for global grant

August 25, 2010

From press release

A group of local residents is asking for your help this month as they compete for a $1,000 grant to put on a festival to promote bike-friendly culture and sustainable living in Rockford.

The event, called Go Bike! Rockford, will be held Oct. 10, 2010, and is part of 350.org’s 10/10/10 Global Work Party. The 350.org is a worldwide movement to raise awareness about global climate change, and Go Bike! Rockford is being planned as one of the largest one-day events in Illinois for the Global Work Party.

“When we got together, we thought we’d put on a small bike fair, but it’s really turned into something amazing!” says Go Bike! Planning Committee member Rick Jones.

The Go Bike! Rockford Planning Committee has applied for a $1,000 grant through the 350.org to help fund the event. The winners of the grant are chosen by online vote. The members of the Planning Committee are asking for your vote so they can bring this grant home to Rockford.

“With the push for green jobs and the adoption of the Cool Cities Initiative, we really think we have a chance to make a difference,” says Eric Howanietz, a member of the Planning Committee. “This is a great opportunity for us to put Rockford on the map in a positive way!”

Go Bike! Rockford is also being supported through a partnership with Angelic Organics Learning Center Urban Initiative.

“When it comes to supporting sustainable practices, creating bike-friendly streets and building healthy local food systems fit naturally together,” says Danica Hoehn, director of the Urban Initiative and Go Bike! Committee member.

To cast your vote to support Go Bike! Rockford’s bid for the grant, go to northamericanfun.350.org/projects/GoBikeRockford. Voting is open now through Aug. 30. For more information about how you can be a part of Go Bike!, e-mail gobikerockford@gmail.com or search Facebook Groups for Go Bike! Rockford.

From the Aug. 25-31, 2010 issue

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