Archive for Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Hutchinson providing bikes to public

May 19, 2010


— Downtown Hutchinson is about to gain a few more residents.

Not business or people-type residents — but brightly colored bicycles that will be available for community use and sharing.

Jennifer Randall, who is helping with what has been called the Public Bike Project, will make the first three bikes available to the public during this week’s Third Thursday event.

“I have three tuned up and ready to go,” Randall said. “But this isn’t my project. This is Hutchinson’s public bike project. I just gave it a kick in the booty.”

The idea behind it is to make available to the community around 10 bicycles that can be ridden from business to business in the downtown area and left in bike racks for the next person to use.

Be advised, however, they cannot be ridden on downtown sidewalks.

City code prohibits bicycles, skateboards and in-line skates “upon a sidewalk within the business district or anyplace within Avenue A Park.”

“It’s not an original idea,” Randall said of the community bikes. “There are other communities that have implemented something like this. It basically just encourages people to bike and also encourages a sense of community in the sense that these aren’t any one person’s bike — they belong to all of us.”

Randall added that she’s hopeful that if the project is popular, it also will spur the city to put more bike racks downtown.

The bikes have been painted by local artists so there will be no confusion about whether they belong to someone else or are part of the public bike project.


mr_right_wing 7 years, 9 months ago

We had an organization in Lawrence (in the late 90s) who attempted something similar. Yellow bikes were left around Lawrence, and the idea was that you used a yellow bike to get somewhere and then just left it for someone else to use, then they used it and left it there for the next person. Apparently too many folks just decided they were free personal bikes and I think the program or organization ended up going broke. Hopefully this works better!

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