On Saturday, May 11, BORP was thrilled to participate in a ceremony at Lake Merritt in Oakland launching our new six-month Adaptive Bike Share pilot program. This program will provide people with disabilities the use of handcycles, recumbent foot trikes, and a side-by-side tandem on Wednesdays and Saturdays at a site next to the Lake. A collaboration with Lyft’s GoBike, the program is the result of determined lobbying by the Oakland Mayor’s Commission for Persons with Disability. It is entirely funded by Lyft and will be free of charge for people with disabilities during the pilot.
Two BORP staff will be on hand to assist in fitting and training of new riders. The goal of the pilot is to learn more about how people with disabilities in Oakland can and want to access the Shared Bike systems that are spreading around the world.
“We’re thrilled to work with BORP to open up new possibilities for people with disabilities who want to access bikes in Oakland,” said Caroline Samponaro, Head of Bike, Pedestrian and Scooter Policy at Lyft.
Says Greg Milano, BORP’s Adaptive Cycling Manager, “The first step to bike share programs becoming fully inclusive is to increase awareness about the equipment and options that make cycling possible for people with disabilities. Once people see what’s possible and get a chance to try them out, they’ll be able to take equal advantage of the bike lanes and trails we’ve all invested in over the last decade.”
Although the pilot is not the exact same model as Bike Share’s self-service 24/7 stations, the goal is to educate the community about the possibility of cycling for people with disabilities—and to get everyone riding, of course!
The current location of the new adaptive bike share program:
1335 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland, CA
Hours: Wednesday 11 – 5, Saturday 10 – 4
On Tuesday April 9, an amazing group of volunteers helped clean up BORP’s Cycling Center and get all the bikes ready for new cycling season. Recruited by Steve Graham, the volunteers included his co-workers at SAP as well as their friends and guests. This busy crew did a stellar job of getting all the bikes, trikes and tandems in tip-top shape. Here at BORP we are deeply grateful for their hard work. Come to the Cycling Center and take one of these lovingly cleaned and lubricated machines for a spin!
All photos by Steve Graham.
Come enjoy a day of fun at Sportsfest on Sunday, May 19! An all-day event (9am to 5pm), Sportsfest provides the opportunity for participants to try out some of BORP’s adaptive sports and recreation activities. This year, we’re featuring cycling, kayaking, an outdoor seated Tai Chi class, and climbing. There’ll be plenty of information about BORP’s other programs. A free lunch will be served.
BORP will offer a free shuttle from the Ed Robert’s Campus (at the Ashby BART station) to the bike house but you must pre-register with email@example.com. The shuttle will operate 10-3 and run every hour on the hour so sign up for your sport activity accordingly.
Funded by the Neilsen Foundation, 2019 Sportsfest is aimed at youth (ages 10 and above) and adults with a spinal cord injury. Priority registration is available to individuals with an SCI through May 4. After that, registration will be open to everyone. As always, we need volunteers to help throughout the day. Volunteers can sign up any time.
Thanks to a grant from the California Coastal Commission BORP Cyclists have been exploring stretches of the California Coastal Trail and SF Bay Trail. In the last few months, we’ve provided opportunities to ride across the Golden Gate Bridge, on old Highway 1 at Devil’s Slide, and on a brand new stretch of Coastal Trail in Half Moon Bay. With the same grant, we were able to provide transportation for our Youth Riding Club to pedal the SF Bay Trail in along the San Leandro Shoreline. BORP regular Drew McPherson joined us on the Half Moon Bay trail and had this to say, “Getting out on a bike by the ocean was nothing short of blissful. Riding at BORP is great, but it’s still an urban experience. This trip was one my best back in nature experiences since I had a spinal cord injury over 5 years ago. I can’t wait to do more adventure rides with BORP.”
Sam Wilson-Kutchko first came to BORP’s Cyclng Center when she was was 7 years old. She couldn’t balance on a two wheel bike at the time but soon got riding on one of BORP’s adaptive trikes. No kid wants to only ride when BORP is open so her family bought a trike. But it turned out that the exercise and coordination she developed triking helped her learn to ride a two wheeler! So Sam, now 12, donated her trike to BORP so more kids like her can get on wheels! Thank you Sam! We love to see our riders getting independent on their own wheels and are so grateful for your donation to BORP!