BOULDER, COLORADO – March 3, 2016 – Cyclists 4 Community has granted $1,000 to the Boulder Valley School District Trip Tracker program, in support of its efforts to reduce car traffic in front of schools, making the world safer for bikers and walkers. C4C board members Russ Chandler and Jens Husted presented Trip Tracker director Peter Hurst with a check on March 3rd in front of Centennial Middle School.
“These funds could not have come at a better time for us,” said Hurst. “Because of the popularity of the program this year, we’d exhausted our school year funds. This grant helps close the gap on our 2015-16 budget shortfall and allows us to continue to operate through the end of the school year.”
Trip Tracker encourages BVSD students, as well as St. Vrain Valley students, to walk, bike, ride the RTD or school bus or carpool to school. The program rewards students for ‘car-free’ commuting with Trip Tracker dollars that they can use like cash at over 60 local businesses. These generous businesses are then reimbursed at 50 cents on the dollar. The program has been credited with reductions of between 100,000 and 200,000 car trips to school per year.
Although the funds from C4C help, the program is sustained primarily through a much larger amount of private donations, and needs to raise an additional $12,000 in funds in order to continue to sustain the program at the current level of participation. Donations can be made directly to Trip Tracker at http://www.bvsd.org/transportation/toschool/tracker/Pages/Trip-Tracker-Funding.aspx.
AboutTrip Tracker. BVSD Trip Tracker encourages and rewards students and families for using alternatives to single family car transportation to BVSD schools. The program goal is to significantly reduce car traffic and associated air pollution in front of schools thereby enhancing student safety and health. Students are rewarded monthly for walking, biking, carpooling and riding either the school bus or RTD. Students receive Trip Tracker dollars that can be used like cash at over 60 local businesses. For more information, visit http://www.bvsd.org/transportation/toschool/tracker
About Cyclists 4 Community. Cyclists 4 Community is a nonprofit, tax exempt, 501 (c)(3) charity organization, organized for the benefit of the citizens of Boulder County, Colorado. After the 2013 flood, cyclists in Boulder County rallied the business community to pull together resources to help those in need. In 2013 and 2014, following the floods, Cyclists 4 Community raised more than $200,000 in support of Jamestown and Lyons, and continues to raise funds for those in need through regular cycling events in Boulder County. For more information, visit https://c4community.org.