Photo: a group ride MassBike co-hosted with the City of Cambridge in 2021
MassBike is thrilled to announce we have been selected to receive a 2022 AARP Community Challenge grant. We are one of 260 grantees selected from across all 50 states, Washington D.C, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
With this quick-action grant we will be hosting an intergenerational bicycle program in the City of Worcester. We will be leading group rides and workshops for youths and older adults, pairing 20 teenage riders with 20 riders aged 50+ for a series of educational programs and community bike rides. The workshops will cover a diverse set of topics, including urban cycling basics, overcoming barriers to bicycling, highlighting the storied cycling history in Worcester, and more. The group rides will explore different Worcester neighborhoods and collaborate with partners throughout the city.
“We are incredibly proud that AARP selected MassBike for this investment,” stated Galen Mook, MassBike's Executive Director. “We are looking forward to this intergenerational bicycling program that will bring together different communities. This program will also complement our Worcester E-Bike program and further community connections to help bring better bicycling to the city.”
To learn more about the free workshops and group bicycle rides, please visit: www.massbike.org/aarp_massbike_events
About the Community Challenge
The Community Challenge is designed to fund innovative projects that inspire change in areas such as transportation, public spaces, housing, diversity and inclusion, civic engagement, coronavirus recovery and more.
This is all part of AARP’s nationwide work on livable communities, which supports the efforts of neighborhoods, towns, cities and counties across the country to become great places for all. AARP believes that communities should provide safe, walkable streets; affordable and accessible housing and transportation options; access to needed services; and opportunities for residents to participate in community life.
To learn more about the work being funded by the AARP Community Challenge across the nation – including all 260 granted projects this year, visit aarp.org/CommunityChallenge. You can also view an interactive map of all Community Challenge projects and AARP’s livable communities work at aarp.org/livable.
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