Bike. Walk. Run.
Countryside SHIP rolled out its first Bike Share program in 2016. It now has more than 15 bikes in the towns of Benson, Milan, Graceville, and Granite Falls.
Amanda Ness, an employee of Swift County who lives in Clontarf but works in Benson, is one grateful mother. She says the bike fleet provides much needed exercise opportunities for her two children, Jake and Gracie, while she is working and they fill the time between end-of-school and their mom to get off work.
“Many times my kids have had to come to my office after school or during the summer between activities or appointments. Sometimes they go to the library but if it’s nice outside they don’t always want to be indoors,” said Amanda. “They like having the option (of using the bikes) and have used them to ride around with friends who live in town. They’ve asked me if there is a plan to add them at the Northside Recreation Area, the Benson Pool, and Ambush Trails too so that they could ride them from baseball/softball/football to swimming lessons in the summer and on the trails in between activities. They are already making plans to donate some of their old bikes and have been asking friends if they have any to donate as well,” she added.
The bike share program is an important part of the community, and SHIP was the driving force behind the effort. SHIP has expanded its partnerships and community outreach through the Bike Share Programs. We are so grateful for the community support throughout these programs. Benson Bikes has partnerships from: Countryside Public Health, Benson School Community Ed., Swift County, and previously Pilgrim’s Congregational.
Benson Bikes has received three donated bikes so far from Gaylon in Kerkhoven, who also volunteers his time and bike parts to maintain the bikes. Benson Bikes are located at Countryside Public Health and will be moved to the Swift County Courthouse next Spring.
If you are interested in partnering with us to make your community more walkable and/or bikable, we would love to hear from you. Contact Countryside SHIP.