Delta Bike Project

The Concept

The Delta Bike Project is a non-profit bicycle community dedicated to promoting and improving access to bicycle transportation in Mobile, Alabama. We seek to minimize economic and educational barriers by providing a shared community space for people to have access to the tools and knowledge for do-it-yourself bicycle repair and low cost access to donated and recycled bicycles. The Delta Bike Project is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization (tax identification number 47-1604986) under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

A local fisherman uses his bike to get around Mobile with his catch.

A local fisherman uses his bike to get around Mobile with his catch.

The Delta Bike Project envisions a world made healthier through the increase of people using bicycles for environmental, social, creative and practical purposes. We believe that cycling and its benefits should be made equally accessible to people from all walks of life. We see that the promotion of the social and educational aspects of cycling creates empowered individuals and communities. We see the intrinsic value cycling has for developing community, and we acknowledge that as our culture and infrastructure become more inclusive of bicycles, quality of life is enhanced for all.

 

 

Delta Bike Project Goals

DBP volunteer, Kevin, teaches a visitor how to adjust a chain.

DBP volunteer, Kevin, teaches a visitor how to adjust a chain.

  • To promote the use of the bicycle as a legitimate form of urban transportation in Mobile;
  • To foster a bicycle community respectful of all people;
  • To create an environment where bicycle knowledge is openly exchanged; and
  • To empower individuals to be more self-sufficient with their bicycle transportation needs.

The Need

  • Automobile ownership is inaccessible to certain populations and is a significant economic burden on low income populations (youth, elderly, low income, etc.). As a result, the only affordable transportation for many in the underserved communities in Mobile is a bicycle.
  • Public transportation and other transportation alternatives do not always provide effective, reasonable, or affordable options for underserved residents of the City.
  • Downtown and Midtown Mobile has an active population of bicycle riders and bicycle enthusiasts who lack sufficient access to bicycle maintenance and affordable bicycles.

Secondary Needs

  • Health – Obesity rates are higher in locations where car usage rates are high and lower where car usage rates are low. http://policy.rutgers.edu/faculty/pucher/JPAH08.pdf
  • Traffic – Riding bicycles reduces traffic congestion, wear and tear on roads, and requires minimal space for parking.
  • Environment – Recycling bicycles and bike parts reduces waste from entering landfills, and riding bikes reduces emissions of harmful gasses that contribute to poor air quality.
  • Bicycling is fun and people tend to be happy when they are riding a bike.