Better Bike Share Partnership (BBSP)
The Better Bike Share Partnership is a collaboration funded by The JPB Foundation to increase access to and use of shared micromobility systems in low-income and BIPOC communities. The partners include The City of Philadelphia, the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) and the PeopleForBikes Foundation. Initially funded in 2014 for a three-year period, The JPB Foundation renewed funding in 2017 for an additional two years and supported a bridge grant of one year in 2019 to move the program from Philadelphia to PeopleForBikes. In 2020, funding was renewed for an additional three years!
The initial Better Bike Share Partnership work focused on understanding the barriers to the use of bike share in low income and communities of color, developing and disseminating strategies to address those barriers, collecting data to assess change, and working to institutionalize successful approaches.
The City of Philadelphia, which launched its Indego bike share system in April 2015, used this funding to install 20 stations in underserved neighborhoods, develop a cash payment option, create a discounted pass program, and implement marketing, education and outreach programs focusing on low income Philadelphians. The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia joined as a key partner for providing bicycle education in the city.
In its second phase, BBSP continued the initial work with a revised focus on refining and widely sharing best practices, helping cities and systems identify and address the structural racism that may hinder efforts, and embedding the strategies and approaches that enable effective engagement in underserved communities throughout bike share and transportation.
Note: The above descriptive information came from the organization's About Us page.