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Friday, June 11, 2010

IPBA Memberships Needed!

What is IPBA?
The Idaho Pedestrian and Bicycle Alliance, a statewide organization that gaining momentum to support bicyclists and pedestrians in Idaho. Friends of walking and biking are invited to join.
In January 2010, IPBA applied for a $20,000 matching grant from the Alliance for Biking and Walking (http://www.peoplepoweredmovement.org/), a national organization that supports state and local advocacy efforts to increase walking and biking. IPBA has been awarded the grant!
IPBA plans to use the grant funding to help hire its first executive director,
improve IPBA’s web site and media presence, and hold a workshop inSeptember for walking and bicycling advocates from throughout Idaho. The grant will help us build IPBA into a strong voice for walking and bicycling in Idaho. IPBA will work at changing statewide funding, policy and laws to protect your chosen form of transportation and/or recreation. By having a strong statewide bicycle and pedestrian organization, we hope to empower local advocates to
make progress in our area.

How can you help?
First, please join IPBA to show your support for better walking and biking in Idaho.
Second, we’re proud that IPBA was awarded a $20,000 matching grant from the
national Alliance for Biking and Walking, and now we need your help to raise
those matching funds. Please contribute what you can. Your contribution will be
matched dollar-for-dollar by the grant.
You can join online at the IPBA website: http://idahopedbike.org/

Or you can mail a check and membership form (from the brochure or website) to
IPBA, P.O. Box 1594, Boise ID 83701

The mission of IPBA is to promote walking, bicycling, and other forms of human powered transportation as healthy, sustainable, reliable and viable options for all Idahoans. IPBA’s goals include:
• Advocating for funding for infrastructure projects that support active
• Advocating for development of a statewide plan for connecting communities via routes that support active transportation;
• Developing and implementing a plan for educating motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians about each others’ rights and responsibilities while using the street and sidewalk/pathway system;
• Supporting legislation that promotes bicyclists’ and pedestrians’ rights and safety;
• Advocating for Complete Streets policies and implementation at the state and local levels; and
• Enhancing the effectiveness of local pedestrian and bicycle advocates and groups statewide.

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