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Bikes Belong Grant information.  Several appendixes not included here.  Contact the HMBA for more info.

August 28, 2006

Ms. Elizabeth Train

Grants and Research Director

Bikes Belong Coalition

1920 13
th St., Suite A

Boulder, CO 80302

Dear Ms. Train:

On behalf of the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association, Inc (HMBA), please find attached

to this letter the completed grant application package for the Bikes Belong 2006 grant


Organizational and Project Background

The Hoosier Mountain Bike Association, Inc. (HMBA) is a statewide organization with

the mission to promote responsible mountain biking and work towards the goals of

common land access and natural resource protection in Indiana through interaction with

policy makers, the cycling industry, race promoters, mountain bikers and other trail users.

Founded in 2000, the HMBA is classified as a public charitable organization to foster

national or international amateur sports competition under Section 501(c)(3) of the

Internal Revenue Code. This status affords donors maximum tax deductions for income

and estate tax purposes. Currently, the HMBA is the only state-wide mountain bike

advocacy group in the state of Indiana and has experienced significant growth in both

public awareness and membership roles over the past 6 years.

In 2004, after continued lobbying and pressuring of land managers around the state, the

HMBA was granted access to trail building opportunities within Brown County State

Park (BCSP). This marked the first time a mountain bike organization has ever been

granted land access within an Indiana State park. This relationship between the HMBA

and BCSP is being monitored by Indiana land managers, and legislators. Additionally,

the Governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels (
an avid mountain biker), recently launched "GetFit Indiana", which encourages Hoosiers to get out and get in shape. In a meeting with

the Governor late last year he informed us he is watching the progress at BCSP

personally in hopes of using the successes there to promote cycling through the state. We

now know that the state is watching closely and we understand the importance of this

project. We must succeed.

Beginning in 2004, HMBA volunteers constructed several miles of mountain bike trails

within BCSP and opened to the public in early 2005. Increased awareness of the park by

mountain bikers, hikers, and trail runners has exceeded all projections and BCSP is

rapidly becoming "the" place to ride in Indiana.

To capitalize on this momentum, in mid-2005 the HMBA applied for, and was

successfully granted, a $187,500 (
including HMBA provided funds) grant from the

Recreational Trails Program (RTP). The RTP is an assistance program of the Department

of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Federal transportation

funds benefit recreation by making funds available to the States to develop and maintain

recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non-motorized and motorized

recreational trail uses. To our knowledge, this is the largest RTP grant ever awarded to a

mountain bike organization.

The goal of the RTP funds is to increase the trail network at Brown County State Park

(BCSP) by another 10 to 15 miles, including novice, intermediate and advanced trails.

Additionally, the trails within the park will connect to the Salt Creek Trail, a proposed

multi-use trail stretching from BCSP to Nashville, IN. Trails will be built with a

combination of hired professional labor using mechanized trail-building equipment and

continued volunteer efforts by HMBA members.

This project will enhance the existing mountain bike trails in Brown County State Park

and create a recreational trail system for all types of mountain biking and hiking

enthusiasts within easy access of the Nashville, IN. The trails will showcase the natural

beauty of the park and will be built to international trail standards for low impact and

sustainable trails to ensure preservation of the natural resources.

Purpose of Bikes Belong Funds

The structure of the RTP grant is to provide matching funds equal to 80% of total cost.

Thus, in order to receive the full $150,000 RTP grant the HMBA must provide $37,500

in cash and donations. Currently the HMBA has secured a $10,000 grant from Bicycle

Garage, a bicycle shop with locations in Indianapolis and Bloomington, IN.

Additionally, we have secured donations of $9,000 from HMBA membership.

The purpose for the $10,000 grant from Bikes Belong will be included in the required

matching funds to access the full $150,000.
Thus, for every $1 granted by Bikes

Belong, the HMBA receives another $15.

Once complete, the BCSP trail network will be a destination for mountain bikers from all

around the Midwest. Increase in tourism for the city of Nashville, IN is expected and

dovetails well into Brown County’s long-term strategic plan for increased tourism.

The HMBA is at a crucial stage. Success at BCSP should provide greater opportunities

in other areas of the state and other state parks. We must succeed and with the generous

help from Bikes Belong we move one large step closer to success.

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