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Providence, RI

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2024

Project Category: Bikeability

Description: This project will distribute refurbished bikes, repair kits and safety equipment to older adults living in affordable housing. The organization will also provide instruction on bike safety and basic repair skills.

Wilmington, DE

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2021

Project Category: Bikeability

Description: West Center City is a predominantly Black neighborhood in Wilmington which has historically lacked bicycle infrastructure. To give people a place to park their bikes, Wilmington Alliance installed three new art racks in central areas -- an upgrade from the single bicycle rack that once served the whole neighborhood. Local artists designed Art Racks, with each rack's look highlighting the community's rich history. Project organizers say the racks not only add a secure place to lock up bike but add a sculptural element all can enjoy. They are installed in community gathering spaces, including at greenspaces and community centers.

Huntsville, AL

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2019

Project Category: Bikeability

Description: To make their city more environmentally friendly and attractive to bikers, the South Huntsville Main Business Association installed bike racks at grocery stores, parks and other frequently used locations. Each of the 36 racks feature a compass design created by local artist Bruce Weddendorf. Since their installation, business owners have reported an uptick in employees cycling to work. The city is now considering a proposal to require all businesses to install bike racks.

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Dallas, TX

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2024

Project Category: Housing stability

Description: This project will protect the property rights of lower-income older adults by helping them compile legal and financial documentation and secure their assets. The initiative will help prevent housing instability and enable homeowners to age in place.

Dallas, TX

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2023

Project Category: Transportation Systems Change

Description: The project features a design competition, which invites participants to imagine pop-up placemaking options for a local farmers market. The parking lot for a local food bank will be re-imagined with better parking layout, a basketball court mural, and shaded space for customers to wait. A walk audit will identify potential areas for sidewalk improvements and the placement of benches.

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