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Phoenix Receives Grant to Make Bike Sharing Affordable to Low-Income ResidentsPhoenix Receives Grant to Make Bike Sharing Affordable to Low-Income Residents<div class="ExternalClass3483846B32C841E4BAFEB62E08AD3AE3"><p>The city of Phoenix Housing Department has been selected to receive a $100,000 grant by the Aetna Foundation's Cultivating Healthy Communities program to implement the Grid for All program in the Edison-Eastlake Community. </p><p>The grant will make bike sharing affordable and accessible to residents who need it the most by providing subsidized memberships to income-qualified individuals who live and work in the Edison-Eastlake Community. </p><p>"Great cities are home to as many transportation options as possible. As we grow and expand our transit system, we are working to make it more accessible and affordable to everyone," said Mayor Greg Stanton. "Bike sharing is a sustainable and healthy alternative. It's yet another way we are making our city bicycle-friendly and more attractive for people who want live and work in Phoenix."</p><p>The program will incorporate bike-safety education through workshops and classes hosted by the city and local organizations. Participants will receive helmets, bike lights, and other safety gear to support bicycle riding.  Additionally, the program will build social capital through community bike rides, allowing participants to interact with each other through cycling in a social and friendly environment.  </p><p>"Phoenix is making a major investment in bike sharing. Now thanks to Aetna, the residents of Edison-Eastlake will have access to the healthiest form of transportation," said Councilwoman Kate Gallego, District 8. "Through these efforts, Grid for All will connect Edison-Eastlake Community residents with each other, the larger community, and additional transit options."</p><p>Community members who want to improve their fitness, but do not currently have access to a gym will be able to use cycling as a fun, engaging form of exercise. </p><p>The Cultivating Healthy Communities program awarded more than $2 million in grants to 25 nonprofit organizations in 14 states to advance the Aetna Foundation's mission to improve health at the local level. </p><p>"The Aetna Foundation is committed to addressing the social determinants of health in order to reduce health disparities," said Dr. Garth Graham, president of the Aetna Foundation. "By identifying community-specific challenges, and unique ways to combat them, this year's grantees are a shining example of organizations who strive to make a measurable and positive local health impact."</p><p>This funding addresses the need to improve opportunities for all Americans - regardless of income, education or ethnic background - to take an active role in living healthier lives. For more information on the Cultivating Healthy Communities program, visit aetnafoundation.org.</p></div>10/30/2017 9:00:00 PMAlejandro Montiel602-534-3443