Stevens Bike Exchange Project
Stevens Student starts free bike exchange program
“We are looking for assistance in getting our unique initiative up and running by accruing unwanted/unneeded bikes. Our program will allow students the free use of bicycles as a mode of transport across campus, Hoboken and the surrounding area. Operating on an honor policy, users will be trusted to return the bikes to one of the designated racks, be it on or off campus, for continued stability of the program.
Presently, we are in the process of building our first fleet; which is being erected solely on donations. Promoting bikes as a method of transportation is a popular and rising movement, especially in urban areas. Aside from its obvious environmental friendliness and health benefits, biking is also important to reducing congestion on streets, such as Hoboken. This program represents another step in the progress of a global movement. A large portion of Europe has already embraced identical systems on national scales.
Any aid you could lend in furthering our cause would be greatly appreciated. We accept bikes in any condition (as well as parts) and are willing to perform repairs by any means at our disposal. If you have any questions or are interested in lending assistance, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.“
“HoBiken” already exists in Hoboken
Here’s an example of the European type system that I mentioned on Hoboken411 a year ago (which is pay system – not free).
And since Owen is just a freshman and may not be aware, I told him about HoBiken – which is an exact same system that Symposia Bookstore has been doing for years. Never really took off as a massively accepted program, because face it – people here in Hoboken love their cars, and there’s only a small percentage of residents that will take this path. Furthermore – biking in Hoboken is no fun task with all the horrible potholes – and minimal bike racks. Since no place in town is more than a 15 minute walk at most, it’s just one less thing to be hassled by.
Lastly – since Hoboken involves traveling to and from many bars – riding a bicycle drunk is quite possibly one of the hardest ways to travel!
Good luck regardless, Owen – and keep the “good” ideas coming!