One80 Place employee Kimbermarie Faircloth and Savannah Brennan and Katie Zimmerman of Charleston Moves
It’s pretty safe to assume that Friday morning the majority of Charleston commuters were not thinking about riding their bikes as the peninsula transformed into the lost city of Atlantis, but over at One80 Place, bikes have been on the brain a lot lately.
One80 Place, a local shelter that serves women, children, families, and veterans, has had a bike share program in place for the past year. Recently, however, Charleston Moves partnered with Trek Bicycle Store to help bring in five brand-new bikes, specially reserved for members of the shelter who are employed. The bikes are meant to help them have a more reliable source of transportation to and from the workplace.
According to Savannah Brennan, outreach coordinator of Charleston Moves, One80’s bike share program has been so successful that the bikes are often already checked out when community members need them, which made it the perfect time to enhance the program. Charleston Moves also donated locks and bike lights to the program. Holy Spokes donated helmets.
Friday morning, in celebration of the new bike share, MUSC nursing students, Charleston Moves, and Holy Spokes (Charleston’s newly minted bike share program) gathered at the shelter to talk bikes. The event kicked off with a presentation from MUSC regarding the importance of staying safe under the sun, and then moved on to presentations from Charleston Moves and Holy Spokes. The discussion ranged from how to prevent heat exhaustion to how to correctly use hand signals while riding, and included a little bit of information on how to safely repair a bike should it get damaged. By the end of the morning, the clouds had cleared just in time for the community members to give the bikes a spin.