Dear Mary Lauran Hall and the Alliance for Biking and Walking

I follow the Community Bike Shop-mailing list though I'm actually sited in Copenhagen, Denmark, working on my thesis in urban planning. I'm exploring the mutual positive or negative relation between urban segregation and physical mobility.

You email immediately caught my attention, since I'm very interested in the cooperation between the official city government and the private or non-governmental initiatives in the field of mobility.

I know that you are only in the beginning of your research on how community bike shops are working with cities (and vice versa), but I would like to ask you if you have any knowledge on how the collaboration (if any) is between the City of Chicago and the bike shops there? And if possible, if you have any suggestion on who to contact in Chicago (besides the community bike shops themselves) to get an impression of this?

I'm coming to Chicago in one week to do field studies, so your answer could be very helpful.

Thank you very much, and my biggest appreciation of you work!
Lise Rask

Lise Rask
JB10 - Nęstveds Ungdomskulturhus | Jernbanegade 10 | 4700 Nęstved

Plan, By & Proces | Roskilde Universitet
Borups Allé 105, 2. th. | 2000 Frederiksberg
28908635 | |

2013/6/14 Mary Lauran Hall <>

Hey everybody,     


What if more cities paid rent for community bike shops?  

There's huge potential for more cities to invest in the growth of local community bike shops. But first, we need to get a better sense of what cities are already doing - and where there's room to improve. 

The Alliance for Biking & Walking is teaming up with the League of American Bicyclists to find out more about how cities work with community bike shops around the U.S. and Canada. 

Using feedback from this survey, we'll be better able to advise cities on how aid community bike shops and foster increased collaboration between cities and shops. 

The survey results will also help improve questions about support for community bike shops in future Bicycle Friendly Community surveys. The League's Bicycle Friendly Community Program (BFC) provides a roadmap to improve conditions for bicycling in communities and offers national recognition for cities that support bicycling. Asking about city support for community bike shops in a future survey could help encourage more cities to form beneficial partnerships with shops.

But first, we need to get a sense of how community bike shops are currently working with cities.

Could you offer input from your shop's perspective? 

Thanks so much, and ride on! 

Mary Lauran

Mary Lauran Hall
Communications Manager

P.O. Box 65150
Washington, DC 20035

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