Collingswood, New Jersey

Bike Share

Bike Share
You can email the Bike Share at collingswood.bikeshare@gmail.com
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Bike share is a concept that allows people in cities to borrow bikes at central locations and replace the bike at another location for a small fee. It helps reduce reliance on cars makes it easier to reach public transportations and local destinations. It reduces congestion, emissions and transportation costs. Recently, Drexel University and M.I.T have developed bike share programs for use within their urban university settings.

Collingswood's bike share is tailored for the need and budget of the Borough. The bike share will recycle bikes – instead of purchasing new bikes for the programs, we will use repurposed bikes that have stayed unclaimed in the police station or use donated bikes. Each bike – or green machine – is painted bright green so they are easy to identify.

The program operates with volunteer mechanics who donate time to restore and paint bikes, giving them a second life and making them as good as new. The program will loan riders bikes for long term use at a minimal fee, allowing them to be kept at the homes of participants rather than on bike racks. The Collingswood bike share hopes to promote health, riding safety, accessibility, and reduce emissions and cost of transportation. It goes without saying, however, that we hope Collingswood have some fun on two wheels, as well!

More on the program
Mission:
The mission of the Collingswood Bike Share is to provide opportunity to the community  to ride a bike instead of starting up an engine through the repair of  discarded or donated bikes. It’s all about reducing our carbon footprint and the mission to re-cycle a bi-cycle!

Overview:
The program will operate like a library, in which residents borrow a bike and then return it to the Bike Share when done using it. Borrowing can be for a short or an extended period of time - as long as the participant continues to ride. The bike is taken home and used like a personally owned bike, with a few regulations of the program:

Details:
Collingswood Bike Share, under the Department of Recreation of the Borough of Collingswood, owns, maintains, and manages the bikes. Participants in bike share will follow bike safety standards and must use a lock. The most important agreement, however, is that you use the bike! When you are not using it, you may bring it back to share your bike with other members of the community. You could also bring your bike back in to the program if you are away on vacation.

Guidelines:
All participants will be required to sign an agreement and liability waiver by the Borough of Collingswood Department of Recreation before receiving a bike.
-Participants under 18 will need a parent’s signature.
-All participants will be asked to use a helmet, to secure the bike with a lock and must follow bike safety guidelines.
-In order for the bikes to be in good working order, participants will be asked to bring the bike in for a tune up if any problems are noted. Additionally, we ask that every bike is brought in to the bike share office/garage once every two months for a “check up” at our clinic.

Services provided:
The bike share program will also provide the following service to the community:
-Bike Clinic: volunteer mechanics will provide knowledge and know-how to help you learn how to fix and keep your own bike or a bike share bike running well
-Donations: the bikes share program will accept bikes in any condition for which you no longer have a use or need
-Bike Share: Residents of the Borough may borrow a bike for short or extended periods

Location:
Find us every Saturday morning at the Collingswood Farmers' Market or Tuesday evenings, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the garage between the Community Center and the Department of Public Works garage or come to Borough Hall and ask for Borough Clerk Holly Mannel.

Cost:
$25 per year to join the program for a “green machine” - a bike!
This includes using a bike for an extended period, or different bikes on many different occasions, or trading in to receive a different bike as available
No charge for regular volunteer mechanics of the program but donations are accepted

Contact us and Join!
Commissioner Joan Leonard for information, donations. See Holly Mannel at the Collingswood Municipal Building for information regarding sign up and payment for the program.

Borough Hall hours: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Bike Share hours: Saturdays: Farmers' Market  (seasonal),
Tuesday 6 to 9 p.m. at our garage location.

Thank you!
To all those who each did their part to make this possible
Those who repair, those who donate, those who support the effort, those who guide us, those who help, those who encourage, those who manage, and lets not forget those who ride!
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