Mattapan’s Church of the Holy Spirit got an early present last Sunday when Mayor Thomas Menino joined the congregation to donate the city’s 1,000th bike, part of the mayor’s two-year-old “Roll It Forward” program.
“Promoting cycling is a key part of my initiative to make Boston a greener and healthier city,” said Menino in a statement. “Community bicycling programs like the Roll It Forward campaign bring the benefits of cycling to all Boston neighborhoods and to those less privileged.”
The program, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, is part of the city’s larger “Community Bike Program”, which worked to bring bicycles and rider education to low-income neighborhoods.
The "Roll It Forward" program, which partnered with local bike shops to aid in the gathering and repairing of bicycles, provided used bicycles to residents throughout the city.
The mayor hopes to continue the program through 2012 with funding and support from local organizations including the Boston Public Schools’ Health and Wellness Program, the Boston Housing Authority and a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant.