COLORADO SPRINGS — Following a $10,000 grant from the Better Bike Share, PikeRide has started up a partnership with Springs Rescue Mission that allows SRM's clients to access free bike share memberships, helmets, and gear.
"This is a great opportunity to provide not just a means of mobility, but also a sense of belonging through a community-based activity. PikeRide looks forward to further relationship building with Springs Rescue Mission and their clients,” commented Pike Ride Executive Director Jolie Nesmith in a recent press release.
The partnership launched in June with the opening of a new PikeRide station in front of Greenway Flats, permanent supportive housing for the chronically homeless run by Springs Rescue Mission.
Alongside providing free bike share memberships, this new program entails the PikeRide leading community rides and helping SRM clients with safe route finding.
According to one Springs Rescue Mission client, the ability to access these bikes has helped him feel more independent.
"Part of finding hope is having some sense of normality," stated Larry Yonker, president and CEO of SRM, "So I think that this gives people a chance to feel normal and that they can participate in things that everyone else in the community has access to."