Increasing equitable access to bikeshare
Increasing equitable access to biking and active transportation for all Twin Cities communities is an important goal and value for Nice Ride.
The new dockless system, with hundreds of additional parking zones, offers exciting possibilities for increasing equitable distribution and access to bikeshare throughout Minneapolis.
Components of this plan that will help to accomplish that goal include:
In addition, the following will also be implemented as part of this plan and transition:
Addressing barriers to equitable access to bikeshare
Income and banking barriers can keep low-income and transit-dependent populations from fully accessing and benefitting from bikeshare initiatives in their cities.
Nice Ride has been a pioneer in addressing this issue through the innovative Neighborhood Program set up in collaboration with NorthPoint Health & Wellness in North Minneapolis, Little Earth of United Tribes, and Frogtown in Saint Paul.
Innovative programs to increase equitable access have also been implemented in cities as large and diverse as Chicago and New York City.
Chicago’s Divvy for Everyone offers $5 annual memberships to qualifying residents, with a cash payment system for individuals who do not have a debit or credit card.
New York City’s Housing Authority (NYCHA) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/food stamp) programs offer discounted monthly memberships and connect “unbanked” participants with local credit unions.
Nice Ride Minnesota will incorporate lessons learned from previous equity initiatives to develop and deploy effective approaches for increasing equitable access for Minneapolis residents and workers, including those without access to credit or debit cards.