Bike Safety Matters: Tips and Resources for National Bike Month

Bike safety awareness is needed now, more than ever. Why, you ask? The number of deaths from bicycle incidents increased 16% in 2020 and 44% in the last 10 years, from 873 in 2011 to 1,260 in 2020, according to Injury Facts. However, there are programs and services available to help those statistics improve. Organizations that offer bike safety awareness have been noted to make a sizable impact in their communities. Because of this, GrantWatch offers an up-to-date database of grants to ensure that bike safety organizations receive the support they need to continue their important work.

Whether you’re riding for fun, fitness or with family, or taking essential trips to work or shop, you are part of our movement for safer streets, connected communities, a healthier planet, and happier people…resources (are available) to help you and local organizations in your area plan an event, and each year the number and diversity of Bike Month celebrations continues to grow, accelerating the momentum around bicycling nationwide.

League of American Bicyclists

Bike Safety Tips

When a collision between a vehicle and a bike occurs, the cyclist is most likely always injured. Staying safe is easy if you learn bicycle safety tips and rules of the road. There are resources for those who are inspired to learn more about bike safety. To illustrate, National Bike Month has been a time to showcase the benefits of bicycling since being established in 1956. Below are some valuable tips to help you start your bike safety training.

  1. Helmets – The first rule in bike safety is to always wear a helmet. Furthermore, wearing the correct helmet is just as important. Ensure that you are wearing a helmet that fits.
  2. Be Prepared – Ensure drivers see you. Wear neon or bright clothing. Are you riding at night? Ride with lights.
  3. Ride Responsibly – Pay attention. Be aware of your surroundings. While riding a bike can be a lot of fun, it is a serious responsibility. Keep yourself and others safe.
  4. Follow Traffic Rules – Use bike lanes when available, use hand signals, and practice defensive driving.
  5. Check Your Equipment – Adjust your seat to ensure you are comfortable when riding your bike. Check your tires before every ride.

Bike Safety Grants

Grant databases are available to help you locate and organize bike safety grants! If you are dedicated to applying for grants regularly, you’ll increase the chances of securing the funding you need..

  1. Promote the Use of Electric Bicycles – Funding reduces city carbon emissions and to help people join the cycling community by making electric alternatives more affordable.
  2. Encouraging Biking and Walking to School – Specifically, funding is for events and programs that promote safe walking and biking to school. 
  3. Public Recreational Projects – $40,000 to local government agencies and transportation and park districts for the development of public recreational projects to enhance and update local parks, as well as pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and more.
  4. Promote Youth Participation in Sports – Grants to promote youth participation in sports and recreation activities. The program provides opportunities for youth to run, bike, and swim.
  5. Athletic Programs and Activities to Address the Needs of Children – Examples of funded programs include support for youth clubs, bike helmet purchases, and scholarships to local camps. 
  6. Bicycle Infrastructure and Routes – The program supports projects that maximize bicycle access, fill missing links in the state’s bicycle network, and enhance last-mile connections to work, school, shopping and transit.
  7. Public Sports and Recreational Events – Funding supports virtual and in-person events such as biking, walking, hiking, and triathlons.
  8. Enhance the Outdoor Appearance of Business Facilities – Eligible enhancements include seasonal decorations, bike racks, outdoor furniture, and perpendicular signage. 
  9. Support Local Celebrations and Events – Grants and in-kind assistance to nonprofits to promote environmentally friendly and active transportation (bus, carpool, biking, walking).
  10. Reduce the Stress and Trauma of the COVID-19 Pandemic – Opportunity for healthcare professionals to participate in a program to reduce the stress and trauma of patient care with outdoor activities like mountain biking, surfing, kayaking, and yoga.

Hiring A Grant Writer 

If you feel overwhelmed, hiring a grant writer is a great way to continue your grant-seeking journey. Professional grant writers will strategy show you grant funding sources that link up with your cause. Furthermore, they will ensure eligibility and write grant applications for you. Grant writers will also apply directly to the grant if that Is what you prefer. Consider your writer an extension of your organization. You can hire a professional at GrantWriterTeam by placing an ad for your organization. 

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