A Brief History
a brief history
The Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition traces its roots to a conversation over coffee between two Grand Rapids residents where a plan for the first Grand Rapids bicycle summit was hatched. That summit, held in April 2009 at Grand Valley State University’s Loosemore Auditorium in downtown Grand Rapids, attracted over 200 people who wanted help metropolitan Grand Rapids create safe, convenient opportunities for all types of bicycling. The attendees exchanged ideas about improving cycling conditions in Grand Rapids and explored the community's interest in pursuing a “Bicycle Friendly Community” designation for the city. Since then, the Coalition as helped The City of Grand Rapids add over 100 miles of bike lanes to city streets, it has raised Thousands for advocacy, training and awareness initiatives, the Coalition has assisted Grand Rapids in achieving Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly City, and contributed to Outside Magazine naming Grand Rapids Best for Mountain Biking, and Bicycling Magazine ranking Grand Rapids the 33rd most Bicycle Friendly City in the US.