The grant's goal is to bring in 500 new MCBC members in 2010


The Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC), advocating for safer bicycle and pedestrian facilities since 1998, has just received a $15,000 matching grant from the Dean Witter Foundation to help expand membership. New members joining MCBC in 2010 will have their contribution matched dollar for dollar up to $15,000! MCBC plans to bring in 500 new members with this incentive. Their track record shows they can do it, in 2009 they added 400 new members.

A large membership base provides the bicycle coalition increased political clout and funding for its programs encouraging people to ride bicycles for everyday transportation and recreation.

Ken Blum from the Dean Witter Foundation said, "The Dean Witter Foundation believes in supporting community organizations that are using grass roots efforts to educate the public about their work, and turning that knowledge into membership support."

MCBC Executive Director Kim Baenisch said, "MCBC appreciates this opportunity to grow our membership and generate revenue to support safer bicycling and new bike facilities in Marin County"

To complement the grant, the Marin County Bicycle Coalition will launch a Bike Locally Campaign in April. The goal of the campaign is to get more people on bikes by alleviating the obstacles facing first-time bicyclists. The campaign will bring attention to the new bicycle and pedestrian facilities opening in Marin County in 2010, including the Lincoln Hill Pathway, Cal Park Hill Tunnel and Alameda Del Prado bike lanes.

MCBC expects 2010 to be the Year of the Bicycle in Marin County. Please support cycling in Marin and become a member of the Marin County Bicycle Coalition today by logging onto and clicking on the Dean Witter Foundation Match button or call Jo Ann Richards at 415-456-3469, ext. 7#.

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source: Tom Boss
Membership Director
Marin County Bicycle Coalition