Favorite Organizations

logo-awbAlliance for Biking and Walking: Building the People Powered Movement – The Alliance for Biking & Walking creates, strengthens, and unites state and local bicycling and walking advocacy organizations. We give advocates tools to win campaigns that transform communities into great places to bike and walk.

 

BikeFlorida.net – Top Florida bicycle trails, rails-to-trails, paved bike trails, nature rides, and more…

 

CityLab – Through original reporting, sharp analysis, and visual storytelling, CityLab informs and inspires the people who are creating the cities of the future—and those who want to live there.

 

logo-complete-streetsComplete Streets Coalition – Complete Streets integrates people and place in the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of our transportation networks. The Coalition promotes the development and implementation of policies and professional practices that ensure streets are safe for people of all ages and abilities, balance the needs of different modes, and support local land uses, economies, cultures, and natural environments. Everyone, regardless of age, ability, income, race, or ethnicity, ought to have safe, comfortable, and convenient access to community destinations and public places–whether walking, driving, bicycling, or taking public transportation. (View/download Complete Streets March 2015 report: “Safer Streets, Stronger Economies”)

 

logo-ecgEast Coast Greenway Alliance – The East Coast Greenway is a developing trail system, linking many of the major cities of the Eastern Seaboard between Canada and Key West. Nearly 30 percent of the route is already on traffic-free greenways, creating safe, accessible routes for people of all ages and abilities. The ECG fosters healthy lifestyles, empowers sustainable transportation, and promotes tourism.

 

Florida Bicycle Association – FBA seeks to network and share best practices, to educate and advocate, and to build awareness as a unified voice and in order to make Florida a state where bicycling is safe, respected, and encouraged as a means of transportation and recreation. FBA educates bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists about safely sharing roadways and paths; encourages the creation of great on-road and off-road places to ride; offers a statewide communications network for bicyclists; and encourages more people to bicycle more often.

 

logo-fgtfFlorida Greenways and Trails Foundation – The mission of the Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation is to advocate for and help create a statewide system of trails and greenways to advance health, recreation, transportation and tourism.

 

Friends of Loxahatchee – The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Boynton Beach, FL preserves a portion of the once vast northern Everglades. It provides habitat and protection for endan>gered wildlife such as the snail kite and the wood stork and the formerly endangered American alligator. It features a butterfly garden, walking trails, observation areas, a boat ramp, fishing pier, bike trail and canoe trail.

 

Knight Foundation: Livable Citieslogo-kf – A beautiful website that opens with the assertion that every city should have a Law of Two Words: “PEDESTRIANS FIRST” (Gil Penalosa, founder and chair of 8-80 cities). Walkability, bikeability, public spaces, and public transportation are where it’s at.

 

Next City – Next City is a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire social, economic and environmental change in cities by creating media and events around the world. Next City envisions a world in which cities are not in crisis and are instead, leading the way towards a more sustainable, equitable future. Next City provides daily online coverage of the leaders, policies and innovations driving progress in metropolitan regions across the world.

 

Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) – The Palm Beach MPO is responsible for transportation planning and programming in Palm Beach County. Each urban area in the United States has an MPO which acts as a liaison between local communities, their citizens, and the state departments of transportation (DOTs). MPOs are important because they direct how and where available state and federal dollars for transportation improvements will be spent. MPOs currently operate under the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), signed into law on August 10, 2005 by President Bush.

 

logo-ppsProject for Public Spaces – Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is the central hub of the global Placemaking movement, connecting people to ideas, expertise, and partners who share a passion for creating vital places. Founder and president Fred Kent is a homeowner and seasonal resident of Delray Beach.

 

Reconnecting America – Reconnecting America is a national nonprofit that integrates transportation and community development and advises civic and community leaders on how to overcome community development challenges to create better communities for all. Reconnecting America develops research and innovative public policy, while also building on-the-ground partnerships and convening players needed to accelerate decision-making.

 

logo-tcrpcTreasure Coast Regional Planning Council (TCRPC) – TCRPC is the Treasure Coast’s only regional forum where elected and appointed leaders regularly come together to discuss complex regional issues; develop strategic regional responses for resolving them; and build consensus for setting and accomplishing regional goals. Elected officials serve annual terms, and gubernatorial appointees serve three-year terms. TCRPC is made up of nineteen elected officials and nine gubernatorial appointees.