ABOUT THE INITIATIVE
To build a strong base of bike share users in Atlanta’s westside neighborhoods, the City of Atlanta and several community organizations have received grant funding to launch “Atlanta Bike Share Champions.” Through this new program, 10 people will be hired to manage community outreach and education about biking and bike share in Atlanta’s westside neighborhoods (where Relay’s bike-share stations are slated to debut over the next year).
The “Bike Share Champions” program is a partnership of the City of Atlanta, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, WeCycle, Urban Perform, Red, Bike & Green Atlanta, and Relay Bike Share.
This project will primarily serve community members from neighborhoods on the westside of Atlanta, including the Atlanta University Center (Clark Atlanta, Morehouse, and Spelman), the West End, Vine City and English Avenue.
A recurring community goal from the many studies and conversations of and with westside communities is workforce development and access for residents to job opportunities and career training. The Champions program will provide westside residents the opportunity for paid training and work, create a pipeline to employment, and help spread awareness that bike share is a useful transportation and health tool for residents of westside neighborhoods.
The Champions will be recruited and trained by local community-based nonprofits and businesses to conduct direct outreach at community meetings events to raise awareness of bike share and generate interest in its use.
The program is made possible with funding from PeopleForBikes and the Better Bike Share Partnership, a national initiative administering $900,000 of grant funds across three years to recipients across the country that are working to make bike share programs more equitable. These grants were made possible with funding from the JPB Foundation.
Additionally, matching funds were provided by the Atlanta Regional Commission via the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness Partnerships to Improve Community Health.
To apply to be a Bike Champion, visit the application here.
Completed applications are due September 19 by 5 pm.
Interviews will take place the week of September 26 during the evenings. Those selected to participate will take part in 35-40 hours of training October 7-9 and 10-15. Childcare will be provided for those who need it, and provisions will be make to make training convenient for all champions.
ABOUT THE PARTNERS
The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is a 25 year old nonprofit dedicated to transforming Atlanta into a city where biking is safe, equitable, accessible, and appealing. We advocate for a safe and connected network of bikeways and better conditions for bicycling, educate bicyclists and drivers on safety, provide resources to overcome barriers to biking, promote the bicycle as a viable transportation solution and form of recreation and exercise, and organize community-building events like Atlanta Streets Alive.
WeCycle Atlanta is a non-profit organization in West Atlanta that creates access to bicycles, local fresh produce, cycling, and agricultural education for youth and low-income residents in predominately African American communities. Nestled in the West End, it has seen over 100 youth and adults through its earn a bicycle program, W.H.E.E.L.S., that teaches work ethics, health, economics, environment, leadership, and sustainability in the heart of West-side Atlanta.
Urban Perform improves the health of families in underserved communities on the westside of Atlanta by promoting quality nutrition and active lifestyles. Our vision is to partner with local organizations to decrease rates of obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes; thus, creating a health conscious change in the community. We are working to demolish Atlanta’s ‘fitness deserts’ by making exercise accessible and affordable.
Red, Bike and Green (RBG) is a community-building collective of Black urban cyclists seeking to improve the physical and mental health, economy and local environment of African Americans by creating a relevant and sustainable Black bike culture. Red, Bike and Green-Atlanta (RBG-ATL) stands as a resource intentionally working to expand and mobilize an inclusive, intergenerational, and diverse black bike community. RBG Atlanta takes ownership of transforming the physical and mental wellness, economic sustainability and environmental wellness of its own communities. We work within the communities we are most familiar with in order to make the most positive impact.
Relay Bike Share is a fun, healthy and affordable way to get from place to place. When you sign up you will have 24/7 access to 100 bikes at your disposal.Use this fleet to commute, run errands, meet friends, or just cruise the beautiful city of Atlanta on a beautiful day. Relay Bike Share is committed to making bike share accessible to everyone.
MORE WAYS TO GET INVOLVED WITH BIKE SHARE
Bike share launched in Downtown Atlanta in June 2016, and to help place the remaining bike stations, a text based survey has been released to collect public feedback. To participate, text the NEIGHBORHOOD you want to see bike share to 678-647-7176 or click here to take the survey online.