Community Bike Programs: Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana & Iowa
If you have bikes to donate or contribute, many of the organizations on this page are willing recipients. If you cannot find an organization in your community, you should also check the programs listed on our "youth program directory" and "international recycling bicycles" pages.). Still no luck, check locally for social service agency that serve the homeless, disadvantaged, orphanages, organize gift programs at Christmas, etc. (If you have additions or corrections for this list please let us know. )
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B-Cycle, Oahu, HI. Using 3rd generation B-Cycle system.
Grow Cycling, Driggs, ID. USA
Bike Loan Program, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID. Contact: Glen Kauffman. Email: gkauffman @sub.uidaho.edu *. The program is operated by the UI International Friendship Association. The program uses a waiver of liability form, which student's and members of the student's family must sign before they can borrow a bike. Bikes are loaned with an average deposit of $20. There are now almost 400 program bikes in use on the campus. An ongoing challenge is keeping up with maintenance. This is partially addressed by teaching users to maintain their own bikes. Some people need help removing wheels, some reach inside themselves and pull out remarkable latent ability, some become very proud of what they can do. If you would like a copy of their liability form, email gkauffman @sub.uidaho.edu *, or visit the website at http://www.webs.uidaho.edu/ipo/IFA/Bikes.htm
Poky Free Bikes, Pocatello, Idaho. "Self help" shop where you can learn all about building and maintaining bicycles.
Bikes For Chicago, 2101 S Kedzie, Chicago IL 60623. Tel: 773-490-0683. Email: bovineoaks @aol.com *.
Blackstone Bicycle Works, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., Chicago, Il 60637.
Chicago Community Bike Project, Chicago IL
Slow Roll, Chicago IL. Not a physical location, but a series of community building bicycle rides.
Uptown Bikes, Chicago, IL
St. Xavier University, Chicago IL. First computer-driven bike sharing system on a US college campus: Students wave their ID card over a docking port. The port is attached to a rubber tube, which can be used as a lock and opened by entering an access code. Students must enter the bike’s condition before it can be unlocked. Similar to systems used in Europe, but with credit cards.
Uptown Bikes, 4653 N Broadway, Chicago IL 60640. Tel: 773-728-5212.
The Recyclery, 735 Reba Place, Basement, Evanston, IL 60202. Non-profit, collective, seeks to build community through the restoration of donated and discarded bicycles.
Bike Peoria Coop, 612 W Main St, Peoria, IL
Illini Bicycle Project, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Advocacy and Automated (hub) community program.
Community Bicycle Project, 7th and Madison, Bloomington IN 47404. Maintains an open workshop of bicycle tools. Periodically teaches bicycle maintenance classes. Sells recycled bikes.
Bomber Cyclery, West Lafayette Bike Cooperative, West Lafayette IN.
Earlham Bike Co-Op, Basement of Barrett Hall, Earlham College, 801 National Rd, West Richmond, IN 47374. Tel: 765- 973-2830. Open to both the Earlham and Richmond communities where one can come to learn, play, and volunteer. In the spirit of a cooperative, there will be knowledge, supplies, tools and camaraderie shared for the greater good.
Dubuque Bike Coop, Dubuque, IA.
Iowa City Bike Library, 408 E. College St., Iowa City, Iowa 52240. Bikes checked out for 6 months with refundable deposit.
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