Bikes Belong (Boulder, CO)


  • Name:Ms. Zoe Kircos
  • Title:Grants Manager

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Bikes Belong
  • Address:207 Canyon Blvd.
    Suite 202
    Boulder, CO 80302
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:303-449-4893
  • Main fax:303-442-2936

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  • Mission:
  • The Bikes Belong Foundation is a national 501(c)3, non-profit organization working to put more people on bicycles more often. The Foundation promotes cycling as an activity that is good for our bodies, our communities, and our planet. While Bikes Belong supports all forms of cycling, from BMX to bicycle commuters, we focus most of our efforts on the 60% of people who fall into the “interested but concerned” group. These are people who like to ride and would ride more if they felt safer and more comfortable riding bikes in their communities.

  • Overview:
  • In the Netherlands, 27% of all trips nationally are made by bike, and in some city centers bikes are used for half or more of all journeys. Denmark’s capital city of Copenhagen has enlivened its public spaces with widespread bicycling, which now approaches 40% of all trips made. By building top-notch bicycle infrastructure and supplementing it with extensive bicycle education and promotion programs, cities throughout northern Europe are reaping multiple benefits that include active, healthy citizens, less road congestion, reduced transportation expenditures, and a world-renowned quality of life.

    These strategies are making their way to North America and are being adapted by major U.S. cities – with spectacular results. New York City, Portland (OR) and Minneapolis, for example, have transformed the urban living and working experience through bicycling. They did this quickly and economically.

    The Bikes Belong Foundation is working with cities, states, regions, schools, families, advocacy organizations, and people across the country to advance bicycling as a viable transportation mode for short trips and an activity that many can enjoy safely and locally. We are helping city and state governments adapt the lessons from international cities and apply them here in the U.S. We know that city streets that are safe for cyclists are also inviting to pedestrians and promote vibrant urban spaces that are good for businesses and local economies as well.

    The Bikes Belong Foundation advances its mission through three focused programs:
    • Green Lane Project: a two-year effort (2012-2013) to help six U.S. cities – Austin, Chicago, Memphis, Portland (OR), San Francisco, and Washington, DC – build bike lanes separated from traffic by bollards, curbs, parked cars or other physical barriers. The Bikes Belong Foundation is providing strategic and technical assistance to the cities while expanding the national knowledge base. We are sharing these models and the lessons learned widely so people of all ages can ride their bicycles more often in a safe, stress-free environment. Bikes Belong is planning the second phase of this program to start in 2014.
    • Citizens Campaign: a campaign to build a powerful national movement of people who want safer, more appealing places to ride. Moving toward our goal of 1 million signatures, the campaign presents a unified voice to our elected leaders, making the argument that more and better transportation options are a win for everyone. Peopleforbikes (PFB) signatures currently total more than 700,000.
    • The Safe Routes to School National Partnership: this initiative helps schools and districts develop programs to get children walking and biking and advances policies that make it easier to build sidewalks, bike lanes, and street crossings near schools. The new Fire Up Your Feet campaign encourages students, families, and schools to incorporate physical activity into their daily routines and provides a range of resources and educational materials to schools and PTAs across the country.

  • History:
  • The Bikes Belong Foundation started in 2006 as an affiliate of the Bikes Belong Coalition, a bicycle industry membership organization. Initially the Foundation housed only the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, a program that grew out of the 2005 federal transportation bill that provided a dedicated funding stream to increase the number of children walking and bicycling to school. In 2009, the Foundation added the Bicycling Design Best Practices Program to its activities, which was the precursor to and inspiration for the Green Lane Project.

    The Best Practices Program took city leaders, transportation engineers and bicycling/pedestrian planners on study trips and workshops to world-class bicycling cities in the U.S. and Europe. These trips provided both inspiration and education to delegates as they met with other city leaders and transportation experts and discussed how and why their cities added bicycling infrastructure to their transportation networks. Delegates rode bikes on a variety of facilities so they could experience firsthand the difference that good infrastructure makes in encouraging people to ride. The trips inspired commitments like the 20% by 2020 mode share goal for bicycling set by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 2011, and projects like the installation of bike boxes to improve cyclist safety at intersections in Madison in 2010.

    In 2012, the Foundation revamped the Best Practices program into the Green Lane Project, simultaneously expanding the resources and services offered to cities, and narrowing the focus to six cities selected through a competitive application process. The focus of the Green Lane Project is on getting protected bike lanes on the ground in U.S. cities. These next-generation bike lanes augment the standard white stripe of paint with physical separation between riders and moving cars. Long a staple in Europe, the designs have only recently arrived in this country, and are catching on quickly. Each of the Green Lane Focus cities has the support of its mayor and transportation leaders and staff, a strong advocacy presence to support the work, and ambitious plans to grow bicycling in their community. The kick-off event in Chicago in May 2012 featured national and local business, transportation, and advocacy leaders, including Victor Mendez, the Director of the Federal Highway Administration, and received local, state, and national press coverage. Transportation directors and key staff from each focus city participated in a workshop to share their goals, identify barriers, and strategize solutions for advancing bicycling as a real transportation option for more people. GLP staff used this information as a framework for developing and delivering key resources, including study tours to world-class bicycling cities, best practices guides, monthly conference calls to share progress and ideas, professional guidance from experts in specific areas, and positive, real-time tracking through blogs and social media so the learning and successes can be shared widely. A team of delegates from each of the six cities has attended an international study tour to see, experience, and learn about world-class bicycling infrastructure as well as an intensive workshop in New York City to learn how bike networks were designed and installed in a U.S. city. These trips are both informing and inspiring participants, generating broad and committed support for making cities easy and safe to travel by bike.

    In 2010, the Foundation launched the (PFB) citizens campaign. Designed to give voice to the millions of people in the U.S. who like to ride and want safer and more appealing places to do so, the campaign has expanded its presence as it has grown its following. In 2013, two events crews will travel the country to races, festivals, open streets days, and other community celebrations to boost bicycling and gather support. Partners in the bicycle industry, from local bike shops to big manufacturers, are also working with us to increase the number of people who sign on by collecting signatures in their communities, placing links on their webpages, and donating gear and equipment to raffle off throughout the summer. We hope to reach one million signatures by the end of 2013.

    The Bikes Belong Coalition continues to provide shared services and financial support to the Foundation and several Foundation employees work out of the Coalition offices in Colorado.

  • Year established:2006
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:6
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:29


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:20-4306888

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:204306888
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:1966 13TH ST STE 250
  • Organization City:BOULDER
  • Organization State:CO
  • Organization Zip:80302-5231
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:June, 2006
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:T30
  • Asset Amount:$1,210,188
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$2,658,137
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$2,658,137
  • Last Updated:2/19/2018 7:36:56 pm

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