Two Carbondale Chamber of Commerce member organizations have received new bicycle racks, thanks to a partnership between the chamber and the city of Carbondale.
The city partnered with the Jackson County Health Department to form the Jackson County Healthy Communities Coalition, which was recently awarded a Plan4Health Grant by the American Planning Association.
As part of the grant, the city was able to donate two bicycle racks to the chamber, which the chamber gave to chamber members through an essay application process. The chamber selected First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust and Good Samaritan Ministries as recipients of the free bicycle racks.
“Carbondale is making a concerted effort to support bicycles as a reliable and renewable form of transportation,” Les O’Dell, executive director of the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, said. “We are thrilled to partner with the city to make these two members’ locations even more bicycle-friendly.”
Carbondale is one of 17 communities across the nation to receive Plan4Health grants to aid in increasing access to physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices.