About the initiative - phase 1, Atlanta's Westside
To build a strong base of bike share users in Atlanta’s westside neighborhoods, the City of Atlanta and several community organizations received grant funding to launch “Atlanta Bike Share Champions” which then became the "Atlanta Bike Champions" in 2016-2017. Through this new program, 10 people were hired to manage community outreach and education about biking and bike share in Atlanta’s westside neighborhoods.
This project primarily served 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 provides westside residents the opportunity for paid training and work, creates a pipeline to employment, and helps spread awareness that bike share is a useful transportation and health tool for residents of westside neighborhoods.
The Champions were 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 was 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.
Phase 2 - NPU V, August 2017 to summer 2018
In 2017, the City of Atlanta expanded to 500 bicycles and 70+ bike share stations and will grow to 1,000 bikes, with an emphasis on installing stations south of I-20. As the City continues to increase access to bike share, the system will soon include Atlanta’s NPU-V neighborhoods of Adair Park, Capitol Gateway, Mechanicsville, Peoplestown, Pittsburgh, and Summerhill.
On August 5, 2017, we launched phase 2 of the Bike Champions project, focusing on these neighborhoods of NPU V, with funding support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Atlanta Regional Commission and Fulton County's PICH program, and PeopleForBikes.
Today, five Champions from NPU V are working to expand awareness and love for bike share. If you live or work in the area and would like to invite the Champions to present to your organization or business or attend an event, contact us! Visit www.atlantabike.org/champions_npuv to learn more.