3323RE: [CarFree] Re: getting around in snow
- Oct 3, 2001My home town and a few other communities around the world have
begun Free Bikes programs, sponsored by one of the service
clubs in conjunction with the citys' police department.
Unclaimed stolen bicycles, or even donated ones, are refurbished
if needed to working condition by volunteers. Temporary ownership
of a bike is then transfered to anyone who asks for it. The
only stipulation being that the vehicle be eventually
returned. Custody can be a matter of hours or decades, depending
on each individual's situation. If the cycle breaks down, it can
go back the police station or service club to trade in for another
one or get fixed. This tact seems to be running more smoothly than
the previous Yellow Bikes program* which was plagued to extinction
with vandalism. Evolution!
The idea sure puts a nice new twist on the slogan, "to serve
and to protect."
very cool, I wonder if they have something like that here. do you have a
list of participating cities? Is it one organized effort or simply
different citties trying the same general thing?
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