“Many homeless people struggle with transportation,” said Jodi Stigers, Executive Director of Interfaith Sanctuary. “The goal of this program is to provide free access to reliable transportation so that our guests will be able to more easily get to job interviews, medical appointments, and the store.”
Boise GreenBike acquired about 90 of the red bikes from its sister system in Topeka, Kansas, as a donation from the manufacturer, Social Bicycles. Social Bicycles replaced these bikes with a newer model because the paint had faded badly. Boise GreenBike had hoped to repaint some of the bikes, buy new controllers and grow the system. Unfortunately, the initiative never got funded. Now that Boise GreenBike is transitioning away from Social Bicycles, program staff felt it was time to find a new use for these perfectly serviceable bicycles.
“The bikes will retain the proprietary nuts and bolts that make it difficult to remove the wheels, seats, and handlebars without special tools,” said Dave Fotsch, Director of Boise GreenBike. “We will be working with Interfaith Sanctuary to train some of their guests on how to work on the bikes in our shop.”
The new bike library at Interfaith Sanctuary also fulfills a goal of Boise GreenBike to create an equity program for low-income individuals who may not otherwise be able to use bike-share. The nonprofit Idaho Advocates for Community Transportation, which supports programs of Valley Regional Transit, including Boise GreenBike, received a grant from the Clif Bar Family Foundation to create a bike-share equity program. The grant monies will be used to purchase lights, locks, and helmets for the bike library.
Both Interfaith Sanctuary and Boise GreenBike consider this a pilot program. If it is successful, there are more bikes in the warehouse awaiting new homes.
About Boise GreenBike
Boise GreenBike is the bike-share service of Valley Regional Transit, serving primarily downtown Boise and Boise State. Boise GreenBike is an environmentally friendly and sustainable form of transportation. The program receives no public support for operations and relies on revenue from ridership, membership, and sponsorship. Title sponsorship of Boise GreenBike is provided by St. Luke’s and SelectHealth.
About Interfaith Sanctuary
Interfaith Sanctuary Shelter in Boise serves people of all genders, races, religions, and sexual orientations, as well as families with children, by providing safe overnight emergency shelter and practical services to transition out of homelessness.
About St. Luke’s
St. Luke’s is Idaho’s only Idaho-based, not-for-profit health system, with local physicians and boards who further the organization's mission "To improve the health of people in the communities we serve." St. Luke's is nationally recognized for excellence in patient care, with prestigious awards and designations reflecting the exceptional care that's synonymous with the St. Luke's name. St. Luke’s is also home to Idaho’s only Children’s Hospital.
SelectHealth is a not-for-profit health insurance organization serving more than 850,000 members in Idaho and Utah. SelectHealth is committed to helping people live the healthiest lives possible. Through its alliance with St. Luke’s Health System, SelectHealth offers medical plans to individuals, families, and employers. Plans are also available for Medicare Advantage enrollees. SelectHealth is part of one of the nation’s top 100 integrated health systems (IMS Health 02/15). For more details, visit selecthealth.org.