People for Bikes announced the final list of ten award winners:
- New York City
- Los Angeles
- Portland, Ore.
- Austin, Texas
- Providence, R.I.
- New Orleans
- Fort Collins, Colo.
- Tucson, Ariz.
This is a disappointment, of course, but not at all surprising. The City's application did not seem very strong or focused. It did not have a real purpose with a clear set of goals, and it also did not follow the suggestions for local match dollars. It looked like it was more for show than for durable action and transformation.
Hopefully the City of Salem will reassess and look to make a stronger showing in future planning and grant applications.
About the winners, People for Bikes says:
Over the course of the next three years, these cities will be laboratories for innovation, ultimately illustrating the ways in which U.S. cities and towns can tap into bicycles to improve the health and vitality of their communities. Each city will annually receive the equivalent of $200,000 in in technical support from PeopleForBikes to support the development of bike infrastructure and programs that encourage biking in a given neighborhood; an additional $50,000 in local matching funds from the city, community partner, or local foundations each year will also be contributed to the program....
The winning cities all demonstrated ongoing commitments to improving transportation, housing, and redevelopment, with both leaders and residents at large mobilized toward change. With the Big Jump Project, PeopleForBikes hopes to accelerate those changes through technical assistance, leadership development, and a network of peer cities and leaders.