Digital Skills Bicycle Thrills graduates seventh class

by Stefani Cox

DSBT 7th cohort graduationDSBT seventh cohort graduation. Source: City of Philadelphia Office of Adult Education.

Computers and bike share may seem like an unexpected match, but in Philadelphia both are the foundation of a great learning opportunity.

The seventh cohort of Digital Skills, Bicycle Thrills (DSBT) just celebrated its graduation last Tuesday, June 24th. The program is managed by Philadelphia’s Office of Adult Education in tandem with the DSBT partnership. This graduation was particularly special, as Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney was in attendance.

Source: City of Philadelphia Office of Adult Education.

This round the program partnered with Project Home as a host site, an organization that supports people dealing with homelessness and poverty. Project Home became a keyspot for the purposes of the four-week program, which means they are now one of the City of Philadelphia’s centers for public access computers.

The program offered participants the opportunity to both improve their digital literacy skills and grow familiar with the Indego bike share system. They learned how to use the Indego app to locate and check out bikes, how to plan a ride route in Google Maps, as well as how to handle Microsoft Word.

“They can do [the digital portion] wherever they have Internet access and a computer,” said Jennifer Kobrin, Director of myPLACE and Digital Initiatives with the City. “We do offer extra help sessions during the course, and there is a designated time during which a facilitator will be in the computer lab to assist.”

The City also partnered with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia to host several group bike share rides. Members of the most recent DSBT cohort came from all walks of life, including clients of Project Home, students, and residents from various parts of the city.

Indego bikes DSBT graduationSource: City of Philadelphia Office of Adult Education.

The Better Bike Share Partnership is funded by The JPB Foundation as a collaborative between the City of Philadelphia, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) and the PeopleForBikes Foundation to build equitable and replicable bike share systems. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or sign up for our weekly newsletter.