Grants

Bike Share Equity Research Grant

The PeopleForBikes Foundation, as part of the Better Bike Share Partnership, seeks proposals for academic research projects that increase the understanding of the links between bike share and equity, particularly focused on bike share use by people with low incomes. We will award a total of $100,000 via one to three grants, ranging from $25,000 to $75,000 each. Applicants must be U.S. based organizations. Please refer to the Request for Proposals below for details on applying:

Request for Proposals
Research Grant Application 2017

The deadline for proposals is December 1, 2017.

In 2015, Portland State University was awarded a grant to examine bike share and equity in Philadelphia, Chicago and Brooklyn. For findings from this study, check out the two reports on the Resources page.

Year 2 Challenge Grantees

Atlanta Westside Bike Share Champions: $67,000

Atlanta, GA

The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is partnering with the City of Atlanta, Cyclehop, WeCycle, Urban Perform and Red, Bike & Green Atlanta to create a bike share champion program that provides pathways to employment while building a strong base of bike share users in Atlanta’s westside neighborhoods.

Movimiento en Bici: $41,000

Basalt, CO

In conjunction with its expansion beyond Aspen to the town of Basalt, WE-cycle will collaborate with the Valley Settlement Project and other local partners to provide access to bike share as a link between transit, employment centers, neighborhoods and recreation areas. Additionally, the program will offer subsidized membership, a Spanish language helpline, bike safety and riding classes, community outreach and a process for continuous feedback and improvements.

Hubway Master Plan: $10,000

Boston, MA

Boston Bikes has been a leader in placing gender, income and race equity at the forefront of its bike share priorities. With this funding, the system will invest in a long-term business plan to guide system expansion so it balances reach, ridership and revenue throughout the Boston area.

Better Bike Share in Brooklyn: $75,000

Brooklyn, NY

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation will expand their efforts to promote the use of bike share through a 3-pronged approach that includes community engagement activities and events, promotion of discounted and employer-subsidized memberships, and policy recommendations. They will leverage strong partnerships with Citi Bike, New York City Departments of Health and Transportation, other community-based organizations in Brooklyn, as well as local employers including Interfaith Medical Center and Woodhull Medical Center.

Downtown LA Bike Ambassadors: $75,000

Los Angeles, CA

Working with partners Multicultural Communities for Mobility, the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation and LA Metro, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition will conduct surveys, interviews, community outreach and engagement in order to further define and refine equity goals and strategies to guide the bike share system as it expands beyond the downtown pilot.

Whistling Wheels: $64,000

Milwaukee, WI

The Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee, together with Bublr Bikes and DreamBikes, will provide assistance, encouragement, and events to promote the use of bike share within two public housing developments and the surrounding neighborhoods. Programing will include neighborhoods rides and demonstration sessions at Bublr Bikes stations. A key goal of this grant-funded work is to provide guidance on collaborating with public housing programs.

Sending Our Roots Deeper- 2016 Urban Outreach: $50,000

Minneapolis, MN

Nice Ride will strengthen and expand partnerships with community-based organizations centered in the African American, Hmong, Latino, Native American, and LGBTQ communities in Minneapolis and St. Paul through neighborhood rides, listening sessions, bike repair events, bike share demonstrations, games and events. As one of the more mature systems in the U.S., Nice Ride’s experience and efforts will provide critical guidance to newer programs.

East Bay Bike Share Membership Roadshow: $75,000

Oakland and Berkeley, CA

TransForm’s history of deep community engagement will help them work with Bike East Bay, the Cities of Oakland and Berkeley, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District, and Motivate to navigate the challenges of encouraging ridership among people traditionally underrepresented in bike share. This grant will leverage other investments to educate residents about the system, encourage use, and advocate for stations in specific neighborhoods. TransForm and partners will also establish a bike share Equity Fund to provide free low-income memberships especially to those affected by growing displacement pressures.

Portland’s Grass Roots Approach to Bike Share: $75,000

Portland, OR

From the July launch of Portland’s BIKETOWN system, the Community Cycling Center will provide grassroots outreach and education to Portlanders living on low incomes. In addition to providing very low-cost memberships through workshops, they will also use community feedback to improve and guide the system through launch and its first year of implementation.

 

Year 1 Challenge Grantees

Austin Bike Share Equity Project: $50,000

Austin, TX

Austin B-cycle will use this grant award to address barriers of cost, safety, comfort with bicycling, and language through a bilingual outreach and education campaign along with subsidized membership and cash payment options. A report with best practices on implementing a fully bilingual bike share system is one key deliverable of this project.

Boston Bikes Hubway Equity Project: $51,760

Boston, MA

Boston Bikes will build on their successful membership subsidy program and Prescribe-a-Bike collaboration with the Boston Medical Center to reach more diverse city residents with the help of this grant funding. Expansion of these two programs will join with plans to understand, reinforce and replicate the system’s best referral sources, align with other Boston Bikes programs, and develop more effective peer marketing tools through storytelling.

Building Up Bike Share in Bedford Stuyvesant: $75,000

Brooklyn, NY

The Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (Restoration) will capitalize on Citi Bike’s addition of 26 stations to their neighborhood with several targeted interventions to increase use. Restoration will focus their grant funding on tailored community outreach, education about riding bicycles and using bike share, membership promotion campaigns, and integration with other community services to introduce more Bedford Stuyvesant residents to bike share.

Capital Bikeshare Outreach Resources for Community Organizations: $25,000

Washington, DC

The District of Columbia’s Department of Transportation (DOT) will strengthen and expand its network of local community service organizations as ambassadors for Capital Bikeshare with this grant award. In addition to initiating partnerships and developing best practices based on previous community partner experiences, the DOT will also create resources including a training curriculum and manual, multi-lingual demonstration video on how to use bike share, new member kits, and an ambassador network that links and supports community partners.

Charlotte B-cycle Free Wheelin’ Fridays: $20,000

Charlotte, NC

Charlotte B-cycle is working with an extensive roster of community partners to help people from neighborhoods across the city try using bike share for their Friday morning commutes. This targeted program will use experienced riders, incentives, and origination points in communities with less bike share use to boost ridership.

Divvy for Everyone: $75,000

Chicago, IL

The Chicago Department of Transportation (DOT) is using their award and match funding from BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois to implement a citywide program of subsidized memberships and facilitated enrollment through the Local Initiatives Support Coalition (LISC) – Centers for Working Families. Chicago DOT will also partner with Slow Roll Chicago on targeted outreach, education and engagement in the Southside neighborhood of Bronzeville along with general outreach and engagement citywide.


 

For more information on the Better Bike Share Partnership grants, contact Zoe Kircos, Grant Manager at PeopleForBikes, at zoe@peopleforbikes.org