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Be A Volunteer and Build Alliances / Re: Intro Thread
« on: April 16, 2009, 05:48:24 pm »
Thanks again for the volunteer offers. I am gearing up to conduct a quick survey of each state's interest in the US bike route project. I know Maryland and Colorado, Michigan, Maine, New Hampshire, Florida, Wyoming, New Mexico and California are all interested. I'm sure I am missing a few too. As I call, I will be directing the DOT staff to check out this part of our website to get volunteers. If they are already working with a group, I will post who each state is working with here on the forums so you can all contact them directly with your offers to help. This is a great start and I wanted to thank you all. It will be a process (50 is a lot of states to call on!) so be patient and keep posting!

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Be A Volunteer and Build Alliances / Re: Intro Thread
« on: April 09, 2009, 06:54:08 pm »
What an excellent testimonial for PA's Route G. I am happy to report that BikePA established that statewide route an we'd like to take advantage of those already established opportunities as much as possible. I will point your post out to the PA DOT and the Bike PA folks - including our own John Schubert.

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Be A Volunteer and Build Alliances / Re: Volunteer in Western Colorado
« on: April 09, 2009, 06:23:06 pm »
Great Rob,
As soon as we can get something on the ground with the state DOT and a lead volunteer group, we'll be in touch.

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This week, the U.S. Department of Energy released guidelines for the billions of stimulus dollars available through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECGP).
 
Summary
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECGB) program is a new program created in late 2007 and funded for the first time through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The program provides funding for local governments, states, territories and Indian tribes, to support projects that reduce energy use, decrease fossil fuel emissions, and improve energy efficiency in all sectors, including transportation.  Because the funding comes through ARRA, additional goals have been added focused on job creation and economic stimulus.
 
Two of the goals of EECBG funding are right in line with bicycle and pedestrian projects and could be beneficial to communities who want to develop bicycling and pedestrian networks:
* Prioritize energy efficiency and conservation first as the cheapest, cleanest, and fastest ways to meet energy demand.
* To maximize benefits over the longest possible terms, entities should look for ways to link their energy efficiency efforts to long-term priorities (especially community economic development, community stabilization and poverty reduction efforts).
 
Eligibility for Funding
ARRA included $3.2 Billion for EECBG, of which $2.7 Billion will be distributed by the US Department of Energy (DOE) via formula grants to all States and at least the ten largest cities and counties within each state.
A list of eligible localities and estimated allocations are available at http://www.eecbg.energy.gov/grantalloc.html.  Click on a state to see the breakdown for counties and cities within the state.

  • States, cities and counties that are listed on the EECBG website must apply to DOE directly to receive their allocation. Applications are due June 26th.
  • Cities and counties that are not listed on the website are only eligible to receive funding from their state's Department of Energy.  States must sub-grant 60 percent of their EECBG funding to jurisdictions that are not eligible to apply directly to DOE. States must apply for their funding by May 25th, and will be developing application procedures and deadlines in the coming months for the sub-grants.
     
 
In addition, at a later date the Department of Energy will be releasing a separate Funding Announcement for $455 million in competitive grants.
 
Uses of Funds
There are 13 eligible activities for EECBG funding, including the ?Development and Implementation of Transportation Programs to conserve energy.? Within this activity, constructing bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvements is specifically mentioned.
 
What is DOE looking for?
The U.S. Department of Energy is looking for sustainable projects that create and protect jobs as well reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  DOE will prioritize projects that:
  • Leverage other public and private resources;
  • Enhance workforce development;
  • Persist beyond the funding period; and
  • Promote energy market transformation such as revolving loans, low-cost loans, energy savings performance contracting, advanced building codes, building and home retrofit incentives and policies, and transportation programs and policies.
How will success be measured?
Grantees will be required to report regularly to the DOE on five metrics:
  • Jobs created and/or retained;
  • Energy savings on a per dollar invested basis;
  • Renewable energy capacity installed;
  • Greenhouse gas emissions reduced; and
  • Funds leveraged.
 
 
How do I apply?
For more information or for questions, please visit the DOE?s EECBG website at http://www.eecbg.energy.gov.  A link to the application for states and eligible cities and counties is available at
http://www.eecbg.energy.gov/#lg2.
 

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Be A Volunteer and Build Alliances / Re: Intro Thread
« on: April 07, 2009, 06:20:50 pm »
You have some great advocates in Michigan and we are going to start working on USBR in your state very soon!

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Be A Volunteer and Build Alliances / Re: Intro Thread
« on: April 06, 2009, 06:57:42 pm »
Hi Ohio cyclist and Mr. Clay too!

Thanks for your suggestions and offer for help. We have been looking into the Lincoln Highway as a possible route, however, the folks in Northern Indiana are quite concerned about the route through their region and so far no alternative routes have been suggested. I will try and get them to post a comment about their concerns.

As for Route 66, yes, we'd like to see this corridor developed into a route, although there have been similar concerns voiced.

Communicate your interest regarding these routes to your state bike/ped coordinator. Let him/her know that these would be a great cultural and historic routes. You can access the contact information for all the state bike/peds from our Cyclist's Yellow Pages or from the USBRS webpages www.adventurecycling.org/usbrs look at the outside links on the bottom half, right side of the page.

I'll try to get you more information about these possibilities soon! Thanks. Ginny

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Corridor Plan Updates & Routing Within Corridors / Re: Intro Thread
« on: March 25, 2009, 07:05:52 pm »
Let me introduce myself, I'm Ginny Sullivan, the routes coordinator at Adventure Cycling Association. I’ve been working as staff support to the USBRS project since 2005. I am looking forward to getting to know people and groups who have great ideas on how to make the USBRS the best interstate bike route system in the world. Feel free to post maps, photos, and join in any of the discussion threads. I’ll be sharing this information with the lead agency/organization (most likely your state DOT and/or bike advocacy group) that will apply for national designation. This is our way of making sure your voice is heard.
- All the best, Ginny

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Be A Volunteer and Build Alliances / Re: Intro Thread
« on: March 25, 2009, 07:05:08 pm »
Let me introduce myself, I'm Ginny Sullivan, the routes coordinator at Adventure Cycling Association. I’ve been working as staff support to the USBRS project since 2005. I am looking forward to getting to know people and groups who have great ideas on how to make the USBRS the best interstate bike route system in the world. Feel free to post maps, photos, and join in any of the discussion threads. I’ll be sharing this information with the lead agency/organization (most likely your state DOT and/or bike advocacy group) that will apply for national designation. This is our way of making sure your voice is heard.
- All the best, Ginny

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Routes / Re: Atlantic coast bycle route
« on: February 03, 2009, 06:09:07 pm »
You might try going into Adventure Cyclings Ride Registry and looking up the Atlantic Coast entries for first hand accounts from those who have ridden the route recently. Many people also have on line journals that these registry's link to. The other place to check is this on-line journal service: www.crazyguyonabike.com and search on Atlantic Coast route.

Have a fabulous time.

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