Aiming to make Columbus, Ohio's art district, Short North, even cooler, local shops have formed a bike sharing organization called EveryoneBIKES. Riders can take a bike to tour the neighborhood, get some exercise, do a little shopping and dining and return the bike for others to enjoy for free…
EveryoneBIKES.org is an experiment designed to help communities create bike shares through retailer and advertiser partnerships. According to the organization, the goal is to provide a safe, cost-effective transportation alternative cooperative to communities. Ten bicycles are available at businesses in the Short North, which are free to ride for two hours. To get a bike, all riders need to do is leave their credit card and driver's license numbers at one of the rental spots, which are listed at www.everyonebikes.org. The bikes are available during business hours, typically 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The shared bikes are Kona's AfricaBikes, which are used by medical-aid workers traveling between villages in Africa. For every two bikes sold in America, one is donated to workers in Africa.
The program will soon expand to include 40 bikes and the goal is to have 100 bikes in the Short North and Downtown areas of Columbus. Eventually, the organization would like to move beyond the Short North and have communities throughout the US adopt the idea.
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