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EveryoneBikes – New Bikeshare Program Launches

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A group of Short North Businesses including Tigertree, Sandbox, and Paradise Garage jointly announced today that they’re launching the first ever bikeshare program for Columbus: EveryoneBikes. Ten brand new Africa Bikes will be available as of 5pm today for riders to borrow for errands, tours, exercise and other types of short trips around the city.

Their goal is to soon have fifty bikes available throughout Downtown, the Arena District, and the Short North neighborhoods. The bikes will be on display in front of Tigertree during tomorrow’s Gallery Hop.

The group chose to stock their fleet with Africa Bikes not only because of their ease of use, but also due to their ethical business practices. “For every two bikes sold, one bike is provided to an aide worker in Africa which allows to make a difference not only here Central Ohio, but also around the world.” says David Hunegnaw of Sandbox.

EveryoneBikes also aims to help further the “green” transformation taking place in Columbus by providing an alternative transportation alternative for locals. “This innovative approach to Bikeshare will give residents and visitors an option to use a carbon-neutral mode of transportation to navigate our city” says Josh Quinn, owner of Tigertree.

More information can be found online at EveryoneBikes.org.

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  • This is awesome. Grassroots>top-down approach.

  • How neat! Cool bikes and good cause. What does it cost?

  • It’s totally free for the time being. :D Sounds like they will have some sort of advertisement funding setup, so that the service stays free. Or at least that’s the plan for now.

  • neomits

    How are the bike’s kept from being stolen? $0 credit card transaction? I wouldn’t think holding your license would work, but maybe.

    I know some college campus’ have a bunch of bike’s they paint plain yellow available for anyone to use, and you just leave the bike and someone else that needs it grabs it.

  • Glad to see this. I heard a bit about this from Meredith while we were working on the Yay Bikes! bike share fleet. They are putting theirs in action for the Gears and Garden tour when the American Community Garden Association is in town. 

  • Basically we are taking a credit card number and drivers license number and you take the bike for up to 2 hours.  If you’re not back you’re card gets swiped.  All of the stores contact information will be on the bike you take out so of course if you call and say you’ll be a few minutes late we’ll be lenient.  As far as theft is concerned; we all understand there is a risk involved like any bike and I hate to say it, but it’s going to happen at some point.  I think all of the stores and businesses involved understand what can be gained by pushing your brand out from beyond your storefront.  The buy in, from an ad dollars perspective, is so low that if a business looks at it as a marketing expense, I feel pretty strongly that you could buy a bike a month and still come out ahead.  We’ll work out some kinks over the next few weeks I am sure, with our initial grouping but as long as we have fun with it I think we’ll grow it pretty quickly. 

  • I know some college campus’ have a bunch of bike’s they paint plain yellow available for anyone to use, and you just leave the bike and someone else that needs wants it grabs steals it.

  • Seriously though, this is really cool.  Just need to get a map up on that website.

  • My first idea was basically that, get people to donate bikes from garages and basements, spray them a color, even encourage other people to just get the right color and add bikes themselves.  Everyone I spoke to told me what a nightmare that would be just to keep the bikes running so I put it on the back-burner  until Dave rolled in on one of the bikes he got for Sandbox.  He has a bunch of bikes for Sandbox users to go out, grab lunch and run errands on.  It just sort of clicked for both of us to have businesses do the same thing, but in a network.  A map, and other information is coming; we went from idea to execution in under two weeks so we’re working on everything.

  • Lyburnum

    This is fantastic.  Kudos to Tigertree, Sandbox, and Paradise Garage for making this happen.  I’ll be happy to donate to keep this going and I’ll look forward to hearing more details.  Thanks for doing this.

  • Donations are one option for growth, we’re weighing the pros and cons of doing this through advertising revenue, donations or some combination.  I don’t know how Dave (Sandbox) managed to do what he did in the timeframe we had.  He had a logo and website designed, if I remember correctly, the afternoon after we came up with the idea.  Paradise Garage is putting a ton of time into this with bikes and parts they aren’t making a dime on, so if you want to support someone who is getting this thing off the ground, pay them a visit. 

  • burgerhead

    JUST LIKE FRANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • lilbit

    What a great idea. Thanks for making this happen.

  • Very cool idea!

  • ehill27

    An outstanding idea!  Kudos to Tigertree, Sandbox, and Paradise Garage.

  • I don’t know if there is a list online yet, so the complete list of the first 10 is:
    Milk Bar
    What The Rock?!
    Paradise Garage

    Tell your favorite downtown area establishments to get ahold of us if they want to join! 

  • NerosNeptune

    It will be interesting to see if anybody actually uses this.

    You should consider including a helmet, and giving a pamphlet with the bike to first time renters on biking etiquette and laws. Most people with their own bikes don’t seem to have ever seen how to properly ride, so I’m guessing people without their own bike would not know either.

  • NerosNeptune Says: You should consider including a helmet, and giving a pamphlet with the bike to first time renters on biking etiquette and laws.


  • rdysetdisco

    helmets and pamphlets cost money, not to mention the difficulty in sizing.  since this is a free service i would expect potential riders to come prepared and bring their own helmet to lessen the cost burden on the store owners.

  • I would check with some of the existing cycling groups around town. Some of them may already have printed pamphlets that they more than happy to provide.

  • Kbear919

    saw the bikes lined up outside of tigertree! Looks great!

  • Kudos to all involved in this. It’s people like you guys who are making Columbus a great city. This is AWESOME.

  • “I would check with some of the existing cycling groups around town. Some of them may already have printed pamphlets that they more than happy to provide.”

    I seem to recall CB had some when I was working with them last year.

    It’s pretty simple:

    Ride on the right with traffic
    Stop at traffic controls
    Signal lane changes or turns
    Stay off the sidewalk
    Take the lane if you feel it is unsafe to share with another vehicle
    Smile and have fun!

  • Stop at traffic controls – except of course green lights.  Then you can go.  Also, the smiling is essential.

  • I thought that one (traffic controls) might be self explanatory.

  • cc

    I wish that were the case. I bike commute to work and constantly see bicyclists who see traffic controls as optional. Usually they inch up and race across when they feel it is ‘safe’. I even saw a group of roadbikers in spandex do this in grandview today. It gives the law abiding bikers a bad rap.

  • Charlie

    I was in Montreal last weekend.  I have to say, I have never seen a more “bike friendly” city in my life.  They had dedicated bike lanes on main city roads that were separated by a median strip.   They also had rent-a-bike stands all over the city.  Must of been over 100 of these, just use a credit card, rent a bike and then return it to any stand in the city.  I really hope Columbus keeps it up.  It was great seeing so many people riding bikes in Montreal.

  • groundrules
  • joshlapp
  • RE: traffic rule pamphlet-Check out the MORPC bike maps, they have some good info on general riding on the map. Paradise Garage probably has one you could look at. 

  • I like the new picture.

    Free rides in Short North Shops start bike-share program with 10 sets of wheels 
    Sunday, August 9, 2009 
    BY STEVE BUSHONG Full Article Link

    * Ten bicycles are available with Everyone Bikes, the bike-sharing program. 
    * To get a bike, riders leave their credit card and driver’s license numbers at one of the rental spots, which are listed at http://www.everyonebikes.org
    * Riders have two hours with the bike, which must be returned to the same rental location. 
    * The bikes are available during business hours, generally 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
    * Each of the 10 businesses in the program bought a bike. 
    * The shared bikes are Kona’s AfricaBikes, for every two bikes sold in America, one is donated to workers in Africa. 
    * Those who borrow the bike also get a heavy-duty lock to keep it safe while they shop or dine. 
    * The program will soon expand to include 40 bikes. The goal is to have 100 bikes in the Short North and Downtown.

  • Awesome Initiative… I’ve seen this project in several other cities where I’ve lived and visited. I’m be happy to share some ideas. Next up, more bike lanes.

  • Just wanted to let you know about the kick off party for the Everyone Bikes Bike Sharing program. Come along for the ride and enjoy the post ride party. 

    You might want to bring your own bike, there are 10 in the Bike Share, but hopefully we’ll have more riders.    

    Everyone Bikes Kick Off Party
    Sunday August, 23rd at Kickstart in the Short North. At 6 PM 
    We’ll do a quick bike ride and then drink some beverages and hang out together in the parking lot.

    Blog Post with poster:

    Kickstart is on the northwest Corner of High St and Price Ave
    913 North High St. 

    Everyone Bikes is online at http://www.everyonebikes.org/

  • I know it’s an old post but can you guys give us an update on EB after about a year?

    I’ve directed a few people to you who were interested in starting bike shares and have seen some rumors/ideas floating for bike share as part of the downtown plans. I would hate to see existing ideas duplicated when something already exists here.

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