(Washington, DC) Today, Capital Bikeshare and Back on My Feet DC announced the launch of their pilot partnership, in which Capital Bikeshare will offer $50 annual memberships to 10 qualified Back on My Feet DC Members.
Back on My Feet is a national non-profit organization dedicated to creating independence and self-sufficiency within the homeless community through the act of running. The ten members who were selected to participate have maintained a 90 percent or better attendance record on Monday, Wednesday and Friday 5:45 a.m. runs and completed several educational and job training courses.
“Back on My Feet DC is thrilled to launch a partnership with Capital Bikeshare,” said Autumn Campbell, Regional Executive Director for Back on My Feet Baltimore-Washington DC. “Our staff, members, and volunteers are excited to help bring Capital Bikeshare into the community and continue to promote healthy lifestyle choices.”
“Our partnership with Back on My Feet DC is a natural complement to the existing ventures we have with other local organizations that are committed to serving our most vulnerable residents,” said Josh Moskowitz, Capital Bikeshare Project Manager for the District Department of Transportation. “We are thrilled to be able to extend the physical and economic benefits of Capital Bikeshare to an organization that embodies these values.”
Selected Back on My Feet DC members will have access to the largest bikesharing program in the United States, with 150 stations and 1,300 bikes in the District and Arlington. Members will be able to use Capital Bikeshare to get to and from job interviews, classes, trainings or early morning runs.
As part of their services, Back on My Feet DC provides transportation financial aid to qualifying members. Based on their projections, the organization estimates a potential savings of $7,000 on transportation costs through the use of the Capital Bikeshare program.
Capital Bikeshare is the product of a unique public/private partnership between DDOT, Arlington County, Virginia and Alta Bike Share. The two jurisdictions worked closely with Alta Bicycle Share to develop the program in the fall of 2010, offering the first regional bikesharing service in the nation. Based on the initial success of the program, both jurisdictions are now adding additional stations and bicycles and the city of Alexandria is expected to launch a pilot program this year. For more information about Capital Bikeshare, visit www.capitalbikeshare.com .