Community Yellow Bike Program was initiated by student Adam Shapiro (F99)
in the Fall of 1999. The program relies on donated bicycles, and volunteered
time to keep the bikes in working order.
In the Fall
of 2001 Jared Benedict joined
in by dedicated his Division III project to developing a computerized
check-out type of community bike program. Although existing programs have
been developed and implemented in a few communities, this project differs
slightly. The most fundamental difference is that our project hopes to
promote the original philosophy of community bike programs.
Involvement - Like other less sophisticated community bike programs,
the community which it serves is of utmost importance. For community
bike programs to be successful, it needs to have involvement, input,
and participation from the community itself. And then once implemented,
it needs to encourage the encourage the belief of sharing to further
strengthen the community.
The implementation of community bike programs should not be impeded
by the interest of a single business which has it's own interests in
mind. Our project intends to share as much information on our progress,
design, and implementation as possible. Our hope is that the community
of people which implement community bike programs around the World,
can contribute and benefit from our findings. We will share information
specific to the Hampshire Community Bike Program here on this web site,
and our findings which may be useful for bike programs in general are
made available on the communitybike.org
slightly different twist to our program, is that we are exploring the
use of human powered "kick" scooters instead of bicycles as
a means of transportation. For a more in depth description of our reasoning,
see the Vehicle
Design section of the communitybike.org web site.