According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 1 out of 5 households in the City of Utica do not have access to a motor vehicle; of the remaining households, nearly 40% have only one car available. Bus service in Utica has improved in recent years but limitations still exist.

Presumably, this situation creates a challenge for those individuals and families when they need to travel greater distances than is practical on foot.

The community bike shop model is one that provides a low-cost, sustainable transportation option.

The community bike shop simultaneously combines vocational training, youth empowerment, social benefit and waste reduction by providing an outlet for the refurbishing and redistribution of discarded and unused bicycles.

Successful examples of such programs exist throughout the U.S., from cities as large as New York and Boston to smaller places like Jackson, MI, Coatesville, PA and the upstate New York cities of Rochester, Troy, Albany and Ithaca.

It is conceivable that such a program could be viable in Utica and this brief survey is an attempt to assess the need.

Please answer the following questions related to the individuals and families you work with to the best of your ability.

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