Bloomberg Philanthropies is launching the Bloomberg Initiative for Cycling Infrastructure (BICI), a competitive grant program that will foster catalytic change in city cycling infrastructure around the world. Led in partnership with the Global Designing Cities Initiative (GDCI).
BICI will help cities implement ambitious cycling projects, setting a new precedent for what’s possible in cities. This program was founded upon the belief that cities thrive when they provide safe, healthy, and sustainable transportation options, and that city leaders face an urgent need to build bigger, more connected and more innovative cycling infrastructure.
- BICI is designed primarily for cities with more than 100k residents, who can demonstrate a clear commitment to, and capacity for, implementing transformative cycling infrastructure improvements. Over three years, the program will help cities:
- Fund ambitious cycling infrastructure projects by providing grants of $400k USD to $1M USD.
- Refine project plans by connecting winning cities with world-class technical assistance from GDCI.
- Implement projects and track progress by training city leaders on data collection, resident engagement and other industry best practices.
- Connect with a global network of city peers.
- Cycling is one of the healthiest, most efficient, environmentally friendly, and financially accessible modes of transportation available. Unfortunately, the lack of safe cycling infrastructure remains a major barrier for wouldbe cycling residents. In too many cities, cycling infrastructure remains disconnected, incomplete, and in need of innovation.
- Bloomberg Philanthropies, with the support of GDCI and leading experts, will select and award funding and technical assistance to 10 cities to accelerate the delivery and expansion of cycling infrastructure. BICI will celebrate and support cities that:
- Dramatically re-imagine infrastructure to reclaim and repurpose existing space or create new facilities that put cyclists first,
- Create complete networks that allow people of all ages and abilities to bike safely and conveniently,
- Show what’s possible by bringing world-class bicycling infrastructure to regions that currently lack it,
- Experiment with new materials, technology, or implementation methods in ways that make cycling networks easier to build or encourage more people to ride,
- Centers people above all else by taking into consideration the risks, choices, and tradeoffs residents face when deciding how to travel through their cities.
- The most successful proposals will feature projects that accomplish one or more of these goals while bringing together government agencies, community members, and resources in new ways; and are combined with new city policies that ensure cycling infrastructure improvements are implemented at scale.
For more information, visit https://bloombergcities.jhu.edu/bici