Public association of cyclists “VeloGrodno”
The “VeloGrodno” initiative is a group of socially active amateur cyclists of the town of Grodno who try to solve cyclists’ problems, connected with traveling about the town, and to popularize bicycle as a convenient and ecological vehicle, as well as to promote cycling as an attractive form of active, healthy recreation.
Since its foundation in January 2010 till May 2011 the main task of the VeloGrodno Initiative was to prepare and to hold the monthly Critical Mass events. About 150 cyclist took part in the last Critical Mass in May 2011. There never was and there is no equal to Grodno Critical Mass in Belarus – a monthly event with numerous participants, held with the support of local officials and Mass Media.
Since June 2011 the Initiative has been organizing the “Bordiurnaya piatnitsa” (Kerbs Friday) rides. From that time a new dialogue with the local authorities commenced concerning the reconstruction and improvement of streets and roads network in view of cyclists’ needs.
In September 2011 the VeloGrodno Initiative organised the I Forum of Bicycle Activists of Belarus, which was attended by delegates of communities dealing with the development of cycling infrastructure in their regions. The Forum is planned to be held annually.
The activity of Grodno cyclists is known far beyond the town. It is not once that our events were covered by major Republican newspapers and by independent and state TV-channels. The Initiative has its own web site, which provides information about the social activities, sports events and travels of Grodno cyclists – velogrodno.by
Our site was conceived as an information center for those amateur cyclists, who are not indifferent to the development of cycling movement and cycling infrastructure in Grodno. The web site provides all the up-to-date information for Grodno cyclists: local news, announces, reports on competitions and other cycling events.
The web site was created in spring 2010. Since that time its design and domain were changed. In June 2011 the old domain velo.grodno.net was replaced by velogrodno.by, and we got a new website administrator. Since then the number of visitors and the interest to our web site have been constantly growing.
In July 2011 the web site velogrodno.by was an official media partner of the International XC Marathon “Susedzi”, which took place at the Avgustovski Canal.
In October 2011 the “Budz U Tretsim” (Be In The Third) Contest of Grodno Initiatives And Web Wites was held, where the Velo-Grodno Initiative and our website were accounted by internet users as the most active and up-to-date in solving the problems of the local communities of Grodno. The choice of the citizens of Grodno brought us the first prize in two nominations. The “Budz U Tretsim” contest was organised by the Public Association «Tsentr „Tretsiy Sektor”» (The Third Sektor Center) (Grodno).
Public association of cyclists "VeloGrodno" is created for the promotion of a bicycle as an eco transport and a tool for active leisure, contribution to healthy lifestyle and development of cycling infrastructure. As of 12.01.2016 there are 105 members in the organization.
In the scope of cycling development activity we send proposals for networks of bicycle path creation, conduct public control of barrier-free environment.
One of the means to popularize a bicycle is to participate in different city festivals, bicycle races, Car Free Day, VeloPatrul (search for missing people).
VeloGrodno also organizes sport activities for fans of all ages. Since 2010 we are the organizers of the international cycling marathon "Susedzi" (in 2015 there were about 800 participants).
Financing of the organization: membership fees and sponsorship of local businesses.
Website of the organization: velogrodno.by