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    Bike Share Program?

    My husband and I attended our first meeting as volunteers for a County Bike Share program that is in development here. We are going to be working Wednesday nights and Saturdays repairing and reconditioning donated, used bikes. Area bike mechanics will be on hand to teach the repairs. After the refurbishing, the bikes will be distributed to municipalities within the county that wish to participate in the program.

    The program is being developed by the countyís Director of Environmental Affairs and supported by the county as a means of advocating the use of our bike trails and cycling as an alternate means of transportation. I met him last night, and was not surprised to learn he is also a cyclist.

    Our first repair day is Saturday and I am so excited to be part of it.
    I like doing volunteer work, Iím sure to learn a great deal about bike repair, and Iím looking forward to meeting a good number of other cyclists!

    We are starting with two hundred+ bikes in need of repair. As it is a new program here, they have asked us to bring any ideas we may have to make the repair process function as smoothly as possible.

    I am wondering if anyone has worked in a similar situation and if so, do you have any tips or suggestions?

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    Maybe have a few persons for wheels and some responsible for cables and ders,etc., like an assembly line. I imagine they want each person to take a bike and repair it to safe use status but its an idea. Hope this works out and is successful Miss K' you and the Mr. are really doing a great thing for everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qcpmsame View Post
    Maybe have a few persons for wheels and some responsible for cables and ders,etc., like an assembly line. I imagine they want each person to take a bike and repair it to safe use status but its an idea. Hope this works out and is successful Miss K' you and the Mr. are really doing a great thing for everyone.
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    Thanks, Bill. I think I am really going to like it. The people involved seem to be a really good group of people. There was some talk about exactly the things you suggested and having a person just to organize the parts salvaged from bikes that can't be repaired. I know my current skills lie in being a skilled organizer, but my heart wants me to be in there repairing bikes!

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    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/820400-N-132

    Here is the first load Miss K', courtesy of BigbadWulff's post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qcpmsame View Post
    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/820400-N-132

    Here is the first load Miss K', courtesy of BigbadWulff's post.

    Bill
    Well; that's not far from it! I saw the bikes last night. Just picture those bikes lined up in the halls, stairwells, and all rooms of what I believe used to be a TB sanitarium in the 60's!

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    Miss K.
    Good for you and your husband. I love seeing when people get involved.
    Been chatting to a 14 year old girl online. She's funny, sexy and flirty. Now she tells me she is an undercover cop! How cool is that at her age!?

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    Kudos, Miss K, to you and The Mister for donating your time and efforts to a good cause.

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    Wow! You really have your work cut out for you . Let us know how this project progresses . Bring Jersey back to the bicycle.

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    I'd be interested in hearing how it goes. I'm thinking that rear wheels, pedals and brake parts are going to be in short supply. Do you know what the distribution system is going to be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by miss kenton View Post
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    Thanks, Bill. I think I am really going to like it. The people involved seem to be a really good group of people. There was some talk about exactly the things you suggested and having a person just to organize the parts salvaged from bikes that can't be repaired. I know my current skills lie in being a skilled organizer, but my heart wants me to be in there repairing bikes!
    What a great thing to be doing.

    It sounds like you and your co-volunteers are quite on top of things and already in advance of what I'd suggest

    Which was a bit of emergency room or MASH 'Triage'

    Bikes almost good, just need a tweak, let 'em sit a while
    Bikes needing parts and time, major focus of volunteer attention
    Donor bikes, with servicable parts into bins of reusable components by type

    Have a lot of fun. It's a good thing you and your team are doing

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    Thank you all for the kind words and tips, Gentlemen. I believe I will get more from it than I will be able to contribute. I think tonight I will bake some cookies to take to the others tomorrow. That way, they'd feel bad about kicking me out if I turn out to be a lousy mechanic.

    RG: In addition to the grant the program has received, I am happy to report that the LBS that I frequent has contributed free replacement parts such as cables, pads, tubes and such. I will post on our progress.

    WOG: I think there will be a great deal of triage going on tomorrow. I think you are correct in that the bikes need to be sorted by the extent of needed repair.

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    Well how did the Saturday learning/organizational session go? Inquiring minds want to know.

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    So. My first day as a bike mechanic. I spent the day stripping irrepairable bikes for parts: removing saddles, seat-posts pedals, derailleurs, wheels, chains, brake cables--you name it! Any bit of aluminum will be recycled, as well. We took apart a LOT of bikes today and I loved every minute of it.
    I learned to use a chain-breaker and a pedal wrench. I am going to learn how to true a wheel!
    As mentioned, I made cookies to share with the group and they were well received.
    I am (bike-repairing) woman! Hear me strip a brake cable!

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    Makes me wish I lived in New Jersey............there is simply no interest in bicycles around here. It's lonely.

    Congratulations misskenton. It sounds like a lot of fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluegoatwoods View Post
    Makes me wish I lived in New Jersey............there is simply no interest in bicycles around here. It's lonely.

    Congratulations misskenton. It sounds like a lot of fun.
    Plenty of interest in bikes in Central Illinois , we're just stealthy .

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    I'm still interested in the distribution system and how well it works. Honestly, I'm thinking that may be the weak link in the whole idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    I'm still interested in the distribution system and how well it works. Honestly, I'm thinking that may be the weak link in the whole idea.
    Hello RG,
    I'm not sure if you are asking about distribution to the municipalities or to the people who want a bike, or both. Essentially, the mission is to get people out riding. Any interested municipality in the county can request bikes from the program to offer their own program. One town already has their own very successful program up and running.
    Citizens can obtain a membership to the program for a small fee that will enable them to use a bike for a day, week or month. Volunteers will work as, for lack of a better word, "librarians" for checking out and returning the bikes.
    Again, the goal is to get people out riding, so I get the impression that as long as the bikes are being ridden, it is all good. As I stated in a prior post, it is a new program here and the directors are very open to suggestions.
    A subset of the program enables kids to join the group, use a Bikeshare bike to learn bike safety while riding with a coordinator to the facility where they will choose another bike, rehab it, and then providing they meet their end of the deal, keep the bike they have reconditioned!
    If you are interested, here is a link to an article that gives more details:
    http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/n...ors&Itemid=248

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    Quote Originally Posted by miss kenton View Post
    I think tonight I will bake some cookies to take to the others tomorrow. That way, they'd feel bad about kicking me out if I turn out to be a lousy mechanic.
    I love the way you think.
    Craig in Indy

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    A great project, Miss K!

    The idea is spreading and needs support. You are in good company, including David Byrne: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/27/op...WT.mc_ev=click
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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigB View Post
    I love the way you think.
    Well, it worked! As I left, they said, "See ya Wednesday!!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
    A great project, Miss K!

    The idea is spreading and needs support. You are in good company, including David Byrne: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/27/op...WT.mc_ev=click
    Thanks so much for sharing this link! I have posted it on the Bikeshare FB page. (I have always liked Talking Heads.)

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    Glad things went well and you learned something. You will appreciate knowing how to true and eventually lace up wheels when you do get to this. I actually enjoy doing these tasks and need to acquire some tension and truing tools again. You could make enough cookies for all of us and have us over to show us what you and Mr. K' have learned

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    Quote Originally Posted by miss kenton View Post
    Thank you all for the kind words and tips, Gentlemen. I believe I will get more from it than I will be able to contribute. I think tonight I will bake some cookies to take to the others tomorrow. That way, they'd feel bad about kicking me out if I turn out to be a lousy mechanic.

    RG: In addition to the grant the program has received, I am happy to report that the LBS that I frequent has contributed free replacement parts such as cables, pads, tubes and such. I will post on our progress.

    WOG: I think there will be a great deal of triage going on tomorrow. I think you are correct in that the bikes need to be sorted by the extent of needed repair.
    Perhaps you may want to mention the name of that LBS so locals can show their appreciation by supporting it!!!
    Been chatting to a 14 year old girl online. She's funny, sexy and flirty. Now she tells me she is an undercover cop! How cool is that at her age!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Durockrolly View Post
    Perhaps you may want to mention the name of that LBS so locals can show their appreciation by supporting it!!!
    I had considered it in my earlier post, but wasn't sure it was appropriate to do so here. However, since you mention it, they are Danzeisen & Quigley in Cherry Hill, NJ. It is where last year, I won this bike, this year I won the helmet (which, by coincidence, matches my bike perfectly,and where I bought these shoes. Picture from today's 22 mile ride.
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    Hi, my name is Josh Forrest and I am an Honours Student at the University of Queensland in Australia and am completing a degree in Regional and Town Planning. As part of the Honours program, I am conducting thesis research to understand the relationships between perception and Public Bikeshare Program (PBS) adoption patterns. Specifically, researching what and how perception variables affect PBS demand between different cycling and PBS user/non-user groups.

    As this site has a direct correlation to my topic, could you please complete this survey. It would be much appreciated and help us understand how we can improve the public perception towards Bikeshare Programs.

    Survey link: http://publicbikeshare.weebly.com/

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