Equiticity Programs

Community-Based Bike Share Systems

Two community-based bike share systems will launch in Chicago, operating as bicycle libraries. The Jump Chicago Bicycle Library will operate in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side, and the Ofo Chicago Bicycle Library will operate in the Riverdale and Pullman neighborhoods on the Far South Side. The libraries will increase mobility by reducing the barriers to bicycle usage and providing people with greater access to bikes, creating a new, vibrant, energetic bicycle culture where none previously existed. North Lawndale, Riverdale and Pullman are all historically African-American and low-to-moderate-income neighborhoods that continue to experience significant disinvestment and marginalization in Chicago. We envision these communities creating a transformative bicycle culture, where a more structured bike share model is successful with a target audience of people of color and LMI residents. Ultimately, our work through the bicycle libraries will contribute to making these communities healthier, safer, more economically viable, more socially cohesive, more bikeable and more liveable. We see a creative and innovative opportunity to shift the perception of bicycles among LMI people of color by introducing the most advanced, futuristic bike share bikes available in the United States. Jump Mobility and Ofo bikes are at the leading edge of bicycle technology, creating beautiful and cool bicycles that are smart, dockless and GPS-enabled. In addition, Jump bikes have electric pedal-assist.

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Neighborhood Mobility Justice Tours

This regular series of tours will explore communities of color via walking, cycling or public transit. Each mobility justice tour is neighborhood-based and hosted in partnership with community organizations. Every tour is thematic and explicitly designed to serve as a vehicle for social transformation—increasing mobility, advocating for equity and advancing justice. The tours incorporate neighborhood outreach, community partners, and an agenda to express a mobile storytelling journey throughout neighborhoods. The tours will serve as community engagement opportunities, connecting in an authentic manner with elected officials, stakeholders and influencers at the neighborhood level. In addition, the tours will serve as economic development opportunities, actively seeking out chances for tour participants to patronize POC-owned businesses and organizations operating at the hyper-local level. 

Liveable Cities Institute

Developed and designed to fully explore the concept of “liveable cities” in a manner that is experiential, practical and cultural, the institute’s vision is creation of U.S. cities that are the most equitable, sustainable, walkable, bikeable and economically viable, as well being as the healthiest, safest cities in the world. The Liveable Cities Institute’s mission is to establish a comprehensive knowledge repository, based on experiences and research, on the development, design and implementation of liveable cities, improving the lives of people of color across the U.S. LCI’s work is focused in four primary areas: study tours, cultural exchanges, collaborative learning and research. Through these four mechanisms, LCI will provide community and city leaders, elected officials, stakeholders, practitioners and residents with the experiences, knowledge and support necessary to more fully understand the concepts of liveable cities and prepare them to more effectively do the work to make cities better, improve neighborhoods and transform lives. The institute will focus on cities and countries around the world that are at the forefront of liveability, while also resonating socially, culturally and historically with people of color in the U.S.