For the second year in a row, Ghisallo is the recipient of a grant from the Better Bike Share Partnership, funded by the JPB Foundation and the PeopleForBikes Foundation. This grant will be used to provide e-bike specific training, annual bike share memberships, guided rides, and safety equipment to seniors and older adults.
Based out of Commander’s House Adult and Senior Center, the program is designed to leverage the proximity of bike share stations and bike infrastructure to provide regular riding opportunities for Commander’s House members, many of whom visit the center multiple times per week for various programs and resources. By offering training and passes for the nearby bike share system, we hope to provide regular opportunities for low-impact exercise, outdoor experiences, and expanded interpersonal relationships.
The three-week course will be offered six times throughout June, July and August. The first week provides an introduction to the bike share system and covers important safety information about e-bikes. Riders learn how to use the pedal assist and practice techniques for starting, stopping, and controlling their bikes on a closed course. The second and third weeks are based around instructor-led exploration and destination rides. We’ll ride to fun places while also talking about rider safety and comfort, facility selection, trail etiquette, and best practices for riding. These rides will allow participants to get comfortable and confident using the bike share network while exploring trails and safe neighborhood streets. Once the training is complete, participants will receive an annual membership to use the BCycle system whenever they want. We hope to build a self-sustaining group of riders at Commander’s House who can incorporate riding together into their regular visits.
Space is limited and program spots are available on a first come, first served basis! Click the registration link to sign-up and find out more information!