Small Grants to Support Bikes in Tacoma’s Business Districts

The City of Tacoma is offering small scale grants for bicycle-related improvements in the city's business districts.

Businesses and members of Tacoma's 15 business districts can apply for the grants of up to $500 for projects to encourage and promote cycling by customers, employees, and business owners, and generally increase the visiblity of cycling in Tacoma.

Possible ideas for emphasizing the natural connection between cycling and shopping locally coming out of a recent "Bicycles Mean Business" workshop included: bicycle date night specials, shared merchant delivery bicycles, personalized safety information coasters/collateral, hotel guest bicycles or banners welcoming cyclists. 

Official proposals must come from a business owner or member of a business district, and must have the support of the business district. We can expect to see the grants in action starting as early as April, through the end of 2014. Read more here.

What could your local business district do to encourage you to visit by bike?

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fred davie

Can’t fix the potholes….but thank the lord, there’s always some more money available for a good pet project.

March 10, 2014 at 10:51 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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I’d love it if businesses had bike locks available to check out (for free) while I shopped there.  Sometimes when you’re out for a ride, you want to stop and pick something up or grab a bite to eat, but don’t because you don’t have a lock.

March 12, 2014 at 3:48 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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Jen - great idea. I’ve been biking for years and never thought of that.

I hope all the $500 grants get used up.  We need more biking into downtown.  And remember, if you’re a downtown business and want a free bike rack, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

March 18, 2014 at 7:47 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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