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Local bike sharing program will expand to West Dayton

Link: Dayton Bike Share has 37 hubs across the city. It will now expands it fleet of hubs to some neighbors in West Dayton.
Alejandro Figueroa
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Link: Dayton Bike Share has 37 hubs across the city. It will now expands it fleet of hubs to some neighbors in West Dayton.

The City of Dayton awarded $100,000 of its American Rescue Plan money to Bike Miami Valley. The nonprofit runs Link: Dayton Bike Share, a bike sharing program in the city. With the money Link will now be expanding its bike program into West Dayton.

Link: Dayton Bike Share has 37 hubs across the city. Now, the bike sharing program will expand to some West Dayton neighborhoods.

The bike sharing program launched back in 2015 in partnership with the Greater Dayton RTA.

Laura Estandia, the executive director of Bike Miami Valley, said one of its main goals is to increase active transportation options and access within Dayton communities.

“Bike share is great for someone who either can't afford a bike, needs a low cost option, or maybe lives in an apartment and can't store a bike safely, or even someone who likes to ride.” Estandia said.

She added with all the new development going into West Dayton, it’s a natural next step to expand to more communities.

“We know that there has been a history of disinvestment in certain parts of our city,” Estandia said. “And we want to make it easier for people to access active transportation options and also recreation options that can help folks live a healthy lifestyle.”

Link plans to add 5 to 7 news hubs in parts of West Dayton by Spring of 2023. Some of the target neighborhoods are Grafton Hill, Wright Dunbar, Wolf Creek, Five Oaks and Old Dayton View.

Link will additionally be planning to attend community meetings in those neighborhoods to get feedback from community members.

Alejandro Figueroa is a corps member with Report for America, a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms.

Alejandro Figueroa covers food insecurity and the business of food for WYSO through Report for America — a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms. Alejandro particularly covers the lack of access to healthy and affordable food in Southwest Ohio communities, and what local government and nonprofits are doing to address it. He also covers rural and urban farming