We are pleased to announce that the Washington Area Bicyclist Association is the first recipient of the Christina Clarke Genco Foundation Safety Fellowship grant. The Christina Clarke Genco Foundation was created in memory of a young woman who dedicated herself to making the world a better place through her work with Bike and Build and Habitat for Humanity. She was tragically killed while leading a cross-country ride to benefit Habitat for Humanity in June 2011. The CCG Bike Safety Fellowship was created to support small, local nonprofits in their efforts to improve cycling safety. WABA is honored and proud to be a recipient of this grant in its inaugural year.
We plan to use these funds to continue the work of our policy fellow, who focuses on data analysis from our crash tracker and other regional traffic safety and enforcement databases, as well as researching national and international best practices in municipal staffing and organization for bicyclist safety.
Our goal is to bolster our advocacy for safer streets with hard data from within our region and best practices from wherever they originate. Our current policy fellow, Janie Nham, is pursuing these tasks and regularly presenting her findings to WABA’s advocacy staff, pointing out trends in our data that show needed action and innovative programs from enforcement and transportation agencies that might help in our region.
With CCG’s support, we can fund several additional months of our policy fellow’s work, which is invaluable to bolstering our advocacy efforts for safer streets.
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