Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Potomac MD, USA
Bikes: Klein Quantum Pro w/ Ultegra, Klein Pulse Comp w/ Marzocchi Z3 & XT/LX
Originally Posted by tulip
Is this in conjunction with Bike Virginia? Is VBF associated with BikeWalkVirginia? I've lived here for a year, but I haven't figured it all out yet.
We're two separate organizations. A lot of the same people have been involved with both. In theory there could be overlap but in practice there's none. We each have our jobs to do.
BikeWalk Virginia runs Bike Virginia, the largest bike event in the state. They also do other big rides. With money raised from that they do education-oriented stuff, like Safe Routes to School programs. They have paid staff to write grants, etc. They do a lot of good, but taking grant money precludes them from lobbying.
That's where VBF comes in. We're all-volunteer, so we're free to lobby for bike-friendly legislation. Read Bud's reports from the Capitol
to see what we do there. The rest of our activities are about networking with other advocates (including BikeWalk), and with people in agencies like VDOT and DCR.
So VBF does more actual advocacy
, while BikeWalk does more outreach
VBF's Cross-State Ride is nothing like Bike Virginia! Cross-State is a small group, maybe 8-20 core riders plus whoever joins us for the day, while Bike Virginia is a huge event with over 2000.
If you're trying to figure out who to give your money to, just give it to us!
Last edited by mattotoole; 03-03-09 at 08:20 PM.