Local bank invests in new station with Heartland Bike Share and FIRST AVE
Council Bluffs, IA, May 31, 2023 - In celebration of national bike month and TS Bank’s recent $10,000 gift to the Heartland Bike Share, the metro’s all electric bike sharing system, the bank hosted a special trail ride and new station celebration, which is near TS Bank’s West Broadway location.
Three entities partnered to sponsor this station including TS Bank, City of Council Bluffs and Iowa West Foundation. Attendees heard from Benny Foltz with Heartland Bike Share, Brandon Garrett with the City of Council Bluffs, Matt Henkes with Iowa West Foundation and TS Bank leaders while enjoying refreshments. Attendees were also invited to try out one of the eBikes and ride along the FIRST AVE trail.
“At TS Bank, we love to be engaged in our community and yesterday was a great day to do just that,” shared TS Bank Market President, Austin Diehm. “We love to bike, walk and explore all things Council Bluffs, so we look forward to how FIRST AVE and Heartland Bike Share will continue to bring our community together and provide more opportunities for everyone to enjoy the city and its amazing amenities.”
First Avenue, a former rail corridor vacated in 2013, is located one block south of West Broadway, the city’s main thoroughfare. Approximately 60% of Council Bluffs residents live within one mile of this corridor, thus a plan was proposed to transform the former rail line into a multi-modal corridor featuring trails, transit, and redevelopment.
Pictured above: Benny Foltz explains how the electronic bike works to TS Bank employees.
Future redevelopment along with diverse opportunities for housing options, commercial prospects, and transit are in store. As state on the City of Council Bluffs website, “It is more than a trail. FIRST AVE is an acronym for the City’s comprehensive approach to redeveloping this corridor: Furthering Interconnections, Revitalization, Streetscapes, Transportation, and Aesthetics for a Vibrant Economy.”
At this special behind-the-scenes event on May 31, 2023, City of Council Bluffs, Chief of Staff, Brandon Garrett, shared one of his famous limericks:
“Heartland Bike Share is a big win
For our city’s women and men.
Today we thank
Our TS Bank.
Now it’s time to go for a spin!”
With FIRST AVE helping connect downtown Council Bluffs to the Riverfront and being part of the national Great American Rail-Trail – the path to helping interconnect and revitalize our southwest Iowa corridor with a vibrant economy and community is just beginning.
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