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From a press release:
“To help people who need personal transportation during the coronavirus pandemic, BikeMatchDC has been launched to fulfill their needs by helping match extra bicycles to people who need a bike.
Founded by Rachel Maisler and Rudi Riet of Wonk Policy & Communications LLC, BikeMatchDC is modeled after a successful program in New York City. BikeMatchDC allows people with extra, unused bicycles to register their bikes in a central database using a simple online form.
Similarly, people who are in need of a bicycle for commuting to an essential job, running critical errands, or helping with local relief efforts can express their need via the same database. Bikes get matched to people, and the exchange is made via a contact-free process in a public location.
People who have bikes to give need to make sure the donor bike is in safe working order, and must be cleaned to proper precautionary sanitary condition before handoff to the new owner. In order to maintain sanitary protocols, each donation is a permanent transfer of ownership of the bicycle.