Source: Lauren Booker, 90.1 WABE
Orphaned ofo bikes are getting new homes in Atlanta.
The bike share company entrusted their dockless bikes to the Central Atlanta Progress / Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (CAP/ADID) and the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition after they departed from their operations in Atlanta in July.
CAP/ADID and Atlanta Bicycle Coalition will be rehoming 188 working bright yellow bikes to local organizations such as Bearings Bike Shop, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition’s Shifting Gears program and First Step Staffing.
“Our organization remains committed to advocacy, partnerships, and investments that make Downtown a place that is easy to get around, whichever mode you choose,” A.J. Robinson, president of CAP/ADID, said in their press release.
Bearings Bike Shop plans to use about 40 of the bikes to help teens learn how to maintain the two-wheelers as a part of their youth development program. Almost 100 bikes will benefit Atlanta Public Schools bicycle safety training through the Shifting Gears program.
First Step Staffing, a nonprofit staffing organization, will allocate 20 of the bikes to help their clients get to job opportunities.
“Lack of transportation is often one of the greatest barriers our clients have to obtaining and retaining employment,” First Step Director of Staffing Operations Naomi Maisel said in the CAP/ADID press release. “Making transportation easier helps these individuals get a job and permanently transition out of homelessness.”