Wellmark Foundation grant
funds bicycling campaign
Grant, chosen from 150 requests, will encourage bike use
for both health and transportation
February 15, 2011
(Des Moines, Iowa) – The Iowa Bicycle
Coalition will use a $56,250 grant from the Wellmark Foundation
to implement a wellness program focused on bicycling for Iowans.
25-week challenge encourages using bikes for short trips,
The Iowa Goes By Bicycle Campaign will promote bicycling as
an enjoyable recreation activity as well as a viable transportation
option. The campaign will issue a 25-week challenge designed
to make daily activities seem easier with a bicycle than with
Challenge participants will use their bicycle for physical
activity and record their use online or in booklets. Points
will be given for each minute they bike to work or school,
run errands or ride for fun with friends.
The goal of the challenge is to enroll 1,000 participants
who bicycle for 30 minutes a day, at least five days a week.
Successful participants will log a total of 3,000 minutes
and 500 miles each by the end of the challenge.
A social media component, including a web site, Facebook
and Twitter accounts and more, will inspire participants and
connect them to the challenge. The campaign will also develop
an educational guide containing:
- Basic cycling information
- How-to guide
- Travel tips
- Community resources
- Contact information for local bike clubs
Grant one of only 17 competitively selected
The Wellmark Foundation is a non-profit foundation that seeks
to improve the health of Iowans, South Dakotans, and their
communities. Through its 2010 Healthy Communities Grant Program,
the Foundation received nearly 150 grant requests. This grant
award to the Iowa Bicycle Coalition represents one of 17 competitively
awarded to establish or expand health initiatives throughout
Iowa and South Dakota.
Cumulatively, The Wellmark Foundation is proud to award $1,334,817
to these 17 grants to serve as catalyst funding for local
“Cycling is both a great way to exercise and a viable
transportation option,” says Matt McGarvey, the Foundation’s
director. “Including exercise in our daily routine can
improve our overall health and quality of life.”
About Iowa Bicycle Coalition
The Iowa Bicycle Coalition is an organization working to promote
Iowa cycling as safe and enjoyable recreation and transportation.
The non-profit group was launched by bicycling advocates from
across Iowa and unites the voices of road riders, mountain
bikers, recreation riders, commuters, and anyone else who
prefers a bicycle for recreation and transportation.
For more information on the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, contact
Mary Wyatt, (515) 309-2867 / mark@iowabicyclecoalition.
For more information regarding the Wellmark Foundation and
its grant programs, visit www.wellmark.com/foundation.