“We were thrilled to receive a grant to do specific outreach and engagement with the recovery community,” Estandia said. “Our hope is to break down barriers to bicycling through this program so that OneFifteen clients can reap all of the mental and physical health benefits cycling offers.”
The Better Bike Share Partnership (BBSP) – a collaboration funded by The JPB Foundation to build equitable and replicable bike share systems – recently selected OneFifteen as one of 12 recipients nationally of a mini-grant.
“Better Bike Share mini-grants allow us to support and share lessons from small, innovative projects,” said Zoe Kircos, director of grants and partnerships at PeopleForBikes and manager of BBSP. “We look forward to learning from these grantees and seeing how their strategies help more people access bike share systems.”
The program is getting underway at an ideal time as Link recently installed a bike share station on the campus of OneFifteen in Dayton’s Carillon neighborhood. The Link: Dayton Bike Share system now has 34 hubs with 225 green bikes and 100 electric assist bikes in its fleet.
“We really hope that everyone, even if they only ride one time, can use Link as a tool to get around or improve their health,” Estandia said.
Merrill is hopeful that the program – while currently limited to 40 participants – can be a launching point for future cycling initiatives like therapeutic group rides and alumni engagement programs.
“One of the things we know about recovery is that people who have been through it are really helpful to people who are new to it,” Merrill said. “This would be such a wonderful vehicle to begin an alumni or legacy program.”
If the first training session was any indication, the program is already a positive for OneFifteen staff and patients alike.
“Every person we put on a bike had a smile on their face,” Estandia said.
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