Biking is a way for people to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives, which can help improve health, lower the risk of heart disease and cancer, reduce stress, and even lead to people living longer.

Citi Bike, New York City’s bike-sharing program, has the largest membership and highest ridership of any such program in North America. However, despite the fact that a discounted membership is offered to some low-income residents, its adoption has been slow in some neighborhoods. Research shows that a lack of information and misperceptions about bike sharing are bigger barriers than price or payment options.

On Friday, July 13, 2018, NYHealth hosted a conversation on engaging communities in bike sharing with Anne Krassner, Equity and Community Engagement Strategist, Citi Bike, and Tracey Capers, Executive Vice President, Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. Speakers discussed their strategies for identifying and building relationships with local leaders, residents, and stakeholders in low-income neighborhoods to increase ridership and achieve equity in bike sharing.

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