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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE        
Date: September 3, 2014

CONTACT:
Jerry Mathiasen, Senior Vice President
712-309-3002
jmathiasen@iowawestfoundation.org

B-cycle Coming to Council Bluffs

 

(Council Bluffs, IA) An Iowa West Foundation initiative in partnership with the Wellmark Foundation, Live Well Omaha and Live Well Council Bluffs will bring six B-cycle stations to Council Bluffs. Omaha B-cycle will install the stations early next year at popular locations in the community with each station having five bikes.

With the upcoming move into Council Bluffs, Omaha B-cycle will re-brand its program to reflect a more regional participation. The new identity will be announced at a later date.    

The Iowa West Foundation will provide $105,000 and the Wellmark Foundation will add $75,000 to help fund the stations, which are planned to be placed at various community locations yet to be determined. Being considered are locations such as the east landing of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, the downtown Historic 100 Block, and near Bayliss Park.  

The total cost of the B-cycle pilot project in Council Bluffs is $225,000. Live Well Omaha has secured $45,000 in other funds to leverage the Iowa West and Wellmark grants making the pilot project a reality in 2015. The additional funding is $25,000 from the National Park Service ($18,000 from the Lewis and Clark Historic Trail Fund and $7,000 from the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Fund) and $20,000 from Back to the River.       

“The overall strategic plan of the Iowa West Foundation has an intended outcome of ‘strong healthy families’ in our region,” said Pete Tulipana, President and CEO of the Iowa West Foundation. “By partnering with Wellmark and Live Well Omaha, this initiative takes us closer to that important outcome. We are optimistic that B-cycle will have a positive impact here as it has in our metro neighbor of Omaha.”   

“It makes perfect sense to us to have a single regional bike sharing program,” stated Ben Turner of Live Well Omaha. “Bikes are blind to borders and work just as well in Council Bluffs as they do in Omaha.

With the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge spanning the Missouri River, we already have bikers frequently riding in both communities so it’s logical we have stations located in Council Bluffs, too.”


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Omaha B-cycle (name change coming) is an initiative of Live Well Omaha. The large-scale bike sharing system currently has 57 B-cycles at 11 stations located in downtown Omaha, Aksarben Village and UNO. To use the system, individuals purchase a daily ($6), monthly ($30) or annual pass ($55), and then pick up a B-cycle at any station. The riders return it to any station as many times as they choose during the access period. The pass is activated at the first checkout and riders are allowed unlimited checkouts. Checkouts longer than an hour incur additional charges ($4/hr.).

The Iowa West Foundation, which is headquartered in Council Bluffs, is one of the largest private foundations in the Midwest. Just last year the Foundation surpassed a milestone of awarding more than $300 million in grants since the inception of its grant program in 1996. Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations and governmental entities throughout southwest Iowa and eastern Nebraska. For more information about Iowa West visit www.iowawestfoundation.org.

 

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