Transit for Livable Communities, through Bike Walk Twin Cities has awarded $193,200 for the Sibley Bike Depot’s new Community Partners Bike Library. This program will enable patrons to check out a bicycle at no cost for an extended period of time from a fleet of 220 refurbished bikes. The program will launch in April of 2010.
Sibley will work with the following partners to put bikes in the hands of folks who will benefit substantially from affordable, reliable transportation; Center for Victims of Torture, Project for Pride in Living, the Jobs First Program of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, Skyline Towers Advantage Center, Youth Farm and Market Project, and others.
There is a lack of reliable transportation for many low-income families and bicycle travel is an important component of self-sufficiency and economic viability for many users, providing efficient access to jobs, classes, errands, and appointments.
The Sibley Bike Depot’s other ongoing efforts include an earn-a-bike program, enabling those who could not otherwise afford a bike to earn refurbished wheels by volunteering in the Sibley store. They also teach classes in bike maintenance, winter commuting, bicycle trailer construction, and more. They organize group rides and have an open shop for all members of the community.