NYC Better Bike Share Community Recognition Event

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On December 7th, Restoration and the Better Bike Share Partnership celebrated another year of building a like-minded community to promote health and equity in bike share. The event was hosted by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and was attended by various corporate and non-profit partners such as Motivate, Interfaith Medical Center, Woodhull Medical Center, El Barrio Bikes, and others. The partnership began three years ago, focusing primarily on Bedford Stuyvesant. Recently, modeling the success in Bed Stuy, the partnership has expanded to a citywide initiative to replicate equity strategies in other communities.

The event gave the organizers an opportunity to share their vision that recognizes bike share as a community asset, available and accessible to every New Yorker. Over 75 people from across the city, with a particular focus on Bed Stuy, Two Bridges, and Harlem were in attendance. This event also gave a chance to inform and celebrate the work this partnership has done to increase the diversity of bike share riders. The inclusive programming developed address the negative health indicators in these neighborhoods and allows riders to take ownership of their health. During this event, the organizers also shared the core principles that guided their work. Some of these principles are, “addressing social determinants of health and acknowledging historical and current day inequities rooted in system racism; strategizing for equitable active transportation options, advocating for the community, and authentically and intentionally engaging people throughout the process” to name a few.

Sideya Sherman, EVP of NYCHA, gave his welcoming remarks while Tracey Capers, EVP Programs at Restoration, was the M.C. for the evening. Ms. Capers acknowledged riders from the attending organizations, awarding participants in various categories from NYCHA top rider, volunteer riders, and participants and organizational partners for bike to school, prescribe a bike, and more. Individual corporations and nonprofit organizations recognized their top riders based on the number of rides and hours of riding. Our very own Molly Ornati, ESC, and William Jackman, IT, were recognized as the two Restoration riders who have logged the most number of rides this year.

Ms. Capers thanked the partners and said, “This work is an example of collective impact. Restoration has been honored to lead this work through the partnership with Department of Transportation, Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, New York City Housing Authority, Citibike, and many other residents and local partners. We’ve been able to demonstrate that bike share can be a tool for changing lives – financially, physically, and getting people across town to work.” Ms. Capers also added to her closing remarks and shared, “I am blown away by the many stories of our honorees, of our partners, and bike riders, who once vowed to never bike on a New York street and now bike regularly to organizations like Core, Interfaith, and Per Scholas, who have used bike share to improve the lives of their customers and staff,”

The ceremony was a way for corporate partners to demonstrate their ability to utilize bike share as a means of engaging their employees and customers. Restorations efforts also highlighted the increasing success of such partnerships and the potential of bike share in the Bed Stuy neighborhood.

View the photos from the event on Facebook