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Campus Bike Program - Need Advice

Old 06-01-14, 06:05 AM
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Campus Bike Program - Need Advice

My college is starting a campus bike loaner program and I have been asked to run it. We want to offer bikes that students can check out, and I have been asked to select and purchase the bikes. We are located in a flat part of Kansas, and the bikes will be used for cruising around town, going to the coffee shop, picking up groceries, etc. We would like a bike that is sturdy, offers quality components and costs around $500. 1 or 3 speeds, front basket, fun to ride. My first thought was to see if Fisher was still selling their Simple City models, but they have been discontinued. Can you direct me to some possibilities for a utilitarian bike that students will enjoy riding? Thanks! Mark from McPherson College.
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Worksman Cycles comes to mind.
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How are you going to keep them from getting stolen? Most anyone who has been to a large university will tell you that bike theft is a major problem and a $500 bike is certainly a worthy target for thieves, even if you paint them fluorescent green. There are numerous city ride share programs already in operation List of bicycle sharing systems - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. You might contact the group in Boulder, CO as they have been in existence a few years already. It is interesting that the home office for the group that runs the bike sharing program is in Madison, WI. Back in the 1970s the Yellow Jersey Bike Co-op in Madison tried a free bike sharing program. It didn't last long. The bikes were stolen, often just abandoned at random, trashed by the users, and seized by the local police who weren't particularly friendly toward the co-op.

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