Bike Advocacy Groups & Organizations
League of American Bicyclists (LAB)
National focus. The oldest and one of the largest cycling advocacy organizations in the USA. Their vision is “A nation where everyone recognizes and enjoys the many benefits and opportunities of bicycling”. LAB provides training and certification for League Certified Instructors (LCI’s). Provide insurance for cycling clubs nationwide.
National focus. Build, maintain, defend and connect trails and trail corridors across the country.
East Coast Greenway
Eastern US focus. Building and designating an urban trail from Maine to Florida, connecting existing and planned shared-use trails, a continuous, traffic-free route. Bethel Paris is on their Trails Committee and will steer the CFC funding to East Coast Greenway signs for our area.
North Carolina Rail-to-Trails (NCRT)
Preserve rail corridors and works with communities across North Carolina to create trails for public use on abandoned rail corridors.
National focus. Research safe long range routes, produce maps, guided tours. Encourage Bicycle tourism. Magazine published 9 times yearly.
Bike Walk NC(BWNC)
BWNC is the only NC-wide lobby and advocacy group. Helped steer the 2015 “Bike Safety Laws Study” and its report. This study resulted in several cycling safety law improvements. Conduct NC’s only Bike Summit each fall. Al Schroetel is on their Board of Directors.
People for Bikes
PeopleForBikes (formerly Bikes Belong) includes both an industry coalition of bicycling suppliers and retailers, as well as a charitable foundation. Grants, advocacy, information. Over 1.2 million members In last 15 years Spent over $30 million to make bicycling better. Invested $2.1 million in community bicycling projects.
Terry Benjey Bicycling Foundation
Welcome to the Terry Benjey Bicycling Foundation (TBBF). The TBBF is organized exclusively for bicycling charitable, educational, advocacy, and scientific purposes. The foundation endeavors to promote the use of bicycles in the Cape Fear Region of NC for transportation, recreation, and fitness.