The Better Bike Share Partnership is a collaboration funded by The JPB Foundation to build equitable and replicable bike share systems. The partners include The City of Philadelphia, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) and the PeopleForBikes Foundation. Initially funded in 2014 for a three-year period, The JPB Foundation renewed funding in 2017 for an additional two years.
The initial Better Bike Share Partnership work focused on understanding the barriers to the use of bike share in low income and communities of color, developing and disseminating strategies to address those barriers and create incentives, collecting data to assess change, and working to institutionalize successful approaches. The City of Philadelphia, which launched its Indego bike share system in April 2015, used this funding to install 20 stations in underserved neighborhoods, develop a cash payment option, create a discounted pass program, and implement marketing, education and outreach programs focusing on low income Philadelphians. The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia joined as a key partner for providing bicycle education in the city. NACTO developed resources for station siting and data collection and published a series of Practioners Papers while PeopleForBikes administered Research and Challenge Grants and oversaw storytelling and communications for the Partnership. The Partners collectively organized and hosted the national Better Bike Share Conference in Philadelphia in 2016.
Now in its second phase, the BBSP will continue the initial work with a revised focus on refining and widely sharing best practices, helping cities and systems identify and address the structural racism that may hinder efforts, and embedding the strategies and approaches that enable effective engagement in underserved communities throughout bike share and transportation.
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Better Bike Share Partnership Writer: Farrah is in charge of all communications for the Better Bike Share Partnership. She’s eager to bring more awareness to bike share issues, plus tell new stories about developments in the community. She’ll soon be relocating to Boulder, Colorado and is excited to experiment with biking in a new city. Want to share your story? Email farrah [at] betterbikeshare.org