Community Bike Program
What do you think of a community bike program? - bike shops could sponsor a bike or two, and they would just be left at bike racks around town - anyone and everyone could use them, just leave them at another bike rack around town. The bike shops could maintain them, the community could ride them, and we'd cut down on car use.
I'm in favor of a community bike program. I am a little worried about expecting the bike shops to pay for it on their own. I am a member of the Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club. I work with the shops regularly. I know that they are very generous in contributing to many bike friendly activiies around the valley. Although they might be willing to contribute, I think this would be too much of a burden for them. Another source of funding would be wise. Town money or money from some of the businesses who would benefit from less traffic might be the way to go.
POSTED: 2005-07-20 13:22:03
Can you give any examples of other communities that have a program like this? It just seems to me that the bikes would get stolen and vandalized over time.
POSTED: 2005-07-20 14:35:27
Portland - http://c2.com/ybp/story.html
Steamboat Springs - http://ci.steamboat.co.us/planning/cub.htm
Arcata - http://www.arcata.com/greenbikes/
This site has lots of information - http://www.ibike.org/encouragement/freebike.htm
As for the money issue - the bikes would serve as advertisement, of course for the shops that sponsor them, but additional ad spots could be sold - so there's incentive for everyone.
POSTED: 2005-07-21 15:12:53
The City of Bozeman holds an auction a couple times a year to sell off impounded bikes. Perhaps a few of the bikes could be spared and repaired and used for this type of program. I think Missoula has this type of program also. t
POSTED: 2006-02-01 10:06:26
POSTED: 2008-07-11 15:53:01
have a bike drive.
POSTED: 2009-07-14 18:43:45