For Immediate Release
December 18, 2011
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Mayor's Press Office
Today, Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s Roll It Forward reached an aggressive two-year goal by donating its 1,000th bicycle to low-income residents of Boston at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Mattapan.
In 2010, with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding from the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), Mayor Menino pledged to make Boston the equity leader in bike programs and formed the Community Bike Program as part of Boston Bikes. The program is comprised of the Youth Cycling Program, Roll it Forward and Bike to Market. The programs have succeeded in the following:
- Roll It Forward: donated 1,000 bikes and helmets;
- Youth Cycling Program: provided on-the-bike classes for 7,000 youth;
- Bike to Market: offered free repairs at 80 farmers markets across the city.
“Promoting cycling is a key part of my initiative to make Boston a greener and healthier city,” Mayor Menino said. “Community bicycling programs like the Roll It Forward campaign bring the benefits of cycling to all Boston neighborhoods and to those less privileged. These programs would not be possible without the support of local business partners such as International Bicycle Centers.
The Roll it Forward program partners with area bike shops including EMS, Giant Cycling World, Salem Cycles, Quality Bicycle Products, Pedro’s, International Bicycle Centers, Bikes Not Bombs, Back Bay Bicycles and Papa Wheelies that serve as donation and collection points for used bicycles.
All bikes are then repaired by trained mechanics before being donated to individuals and groups. Recipients have included Boston Housing Authority (BHA) residents, homeless individuals in support programs, and members of youth groups and community centers.
A majority of recipients responding to a phone survey noted that bikes are used “everyday” or “whenever possible.” The Mayor’s Boston Bikes Program is currently doing a donation drive to collect bikes for the spring 2012 giveaway. Donations can be made at all partner locations. For a list of locations, go to http://rollitforward.blogspot.com/
With funding and support from a variety of sources including the Boston Public Schools’ Health and Wellness Program, the BHA, and a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant, Mayor Menino will continue this program in 2012.