With gas prices soaring, and southwest Fresno having some of the worst air quality in the nation, the Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce is bringing more than 240 e-bikes and electric vehicles to the area this spring.

And, along with that, the chamber is doing extensive outreach to make the ride-share program a success that helps people get to where they need to go in an environmentally friendly way.

“We will be doing a lot of outreach, and a lot of engagement activities that we discuss and talk about. Number one, the importance of car sharing and bike sharing because that’s what our programs do,” said Dr. Cassandra Little, CEO for FMBCC, which recently moved into new downtown headquarters.

“Our main focus is on engaging, educating, and empowering the communities of colors and rural communities, so hence the hub, and that’s what we will be doing at the hub.”

Now in a new building, the chamber’s “hub” is a stone’s throw from the Fresno Arts District. It recently received approval from the city of Fresno to add electric chargers in the parking lot.

Little says 200 e-bikes and 42 electric vehicles for ride-sharing will be available at the end of April or the beginning of May. Moreover, she says the community can expect more bikes and cars as additional infrastructure is built.

Little has been working closely with Keshia Thomas, who is the program director for the Fresno Career Development Institute, on marketing efforts to educate the community on all the EV benefits residents will have at their disposal.

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