Stevens Bike Exchange Project


Stevens Student starts free bike exchange program

Stevens Institute of Technology Freshman Owen Jappen created a new Bike Exchange Project for campus students this year. He says:

“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.

Stevens Hoboken NJ bike sharing 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

“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!

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Thursday, March 18, 2010 6:26 am


Sam Mitchell
Sam Mitchell
Reply to  upyurs
Thursday, March 18, 2010 7:18 pm

riding a bicycle drunk?
just hope they dont start renting unicycles!

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010 11:32 pm

Word of advice: it might help if the share bikes were all painted, say, Stevens red with “Stevens” stenciled on it in large type in several places. I hope Owen doesn’t let the oft-expressed here sense of resignation to “the bastards always win” affect his enthusiasm.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 6:47 pm

At one time stevens had a student book store that was run under some 1/2 ass honor system. We cleaned that place out of tshirts, jackets and sneakers in a couple of days. Everybody in hoboken was wearing something with stevens writen on it. But being a former altar boy i didn’t get involved.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 6:15 pm

Stevens is big on the honor system. For any work that was handed in (homework, tests, papers, etc.), you had to write the Stevens Honor Pledge on the front and sign it. It was just one long sentence, but with the amount of work there was, it got to be annoying after a while. Oh, how I wanted to make a stamp so I never had to write out the pledge again. Also, all our tests were pretty much unsupervised. For the most part, the honor system worked, but I know some of my classmates cheated once in a while.

Owen, some advice for you. Keep the designated racks on campus. Have them be accessible only to students (and maybe alumni?, just kidding), maybe by using their ID cards. Have bike locks available if they plan on taking the bike off-campus. Trust me, I went to Stevens, but I also grew up in Hoboken.

Good luck with the bike program and the Stevens workload.

– a fellow Duck

That’s right, Stevens’ mascot is a duck, so what?

(sigh) I went from being a bear (Brandt School), to a redwing (HHS), to a duck.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 4:29 pm

A much needed laugh, and probably a good hearted, yet extremely dumb idea. Buddy – this is Hoboken, not the Vatican. These bikes will in JC within 15 minutes.

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