Lyft and Achilles are expanding its adaptive cycling program to NYC. Lyft/Achilles International Lyft is lifting the notion they’re all about ride-hailing and scooter rentals.
On Saturday, the San Francisco-based company is announcing the expansion of its adaptive cycling pilot program to New York City. It enables disabled people to ride adaptive bicycles. The program, called the Adaptive Bike Library, was created in collaboration with disability athletics organization Achilles International . Starting in Central Park, a disabled person wishing to experience bike-riding has access to trained staff who will help orient them to handcycles and tandem bikes. There are free, weekly sessions in four of the city’s five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens. The initiative runs from May through November, operating on a “library” model where people go to one location and “check out” the bikes on-site. Besides Achilles, Lyft collaborated with the New York Department of Transportation and the NYU’s Ability Project on the Adaptive Bike Library. The school’s Ability Project describes itself on its website as an “interdisciplinary research space dedicated to the intersection between disability and technology.”
“At Lyft, everyone is a bike person. More people than ever are turning to two-wheels for a fun travel option—especially riders who don’t look like the ‘stereotypical’ cyclist, in terms of race, gender, sexual orientation, and income. But people with disabilities and older adults face higher obstacles to access recreational cycling,” Inbar Kishoni, Lyft’s Community and Equity Manager for Citi Bike, told me recently in an exclusive interview. “People […]