Digital Skills and Bike Thrills: one program to offer digital literacy and bikeshare services

Digital Skills and Bicycle Thrills

Digital Skills and Bicycle Thrills’ first cohort. Picture retrieved from Indego:

Digital Skills and Bike Thrills is a digital literacy initiative that seeks to empower people from the city of Philadelphia in the United States to be able to utilize the public digital-based Indego bikeshare program.  In order to enable citizens to benefit from these transportation services, a free one month digital skills workshop plus 6 months free bikeshare is offered to teach basic computing knowledge for accessing the platform.

Taking into consideration that accessing the bikeshare service is only possible online, the Digital Skills and Bike Thrills program plays a relevant role in providing equal ICT access while encouraging citizens to enhance their knowledge related to information technologies. During the first week of June, the first cohort took place at one of the KEYSPOT computer labs (a coalition of community-based groups that seeks to provide internet access, training and technology within the city) with 24 students. Although the coursework is also available online, participants are encouraged to visit the labs to receive personalized attention.

This initiative is a collaborative effort that groups the Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems, the Better Bike Share Partnership, the Office of Innovation and Technology, the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and the KEYSPOT network. It attempts to increase adults’ digital literacy while enabling them to access basic services while doing something that is relevant for their daily lives.

Call 1-844-446-3346 to register or get more information.

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