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BikeSmart Expands with More Bikes, New Locations, and New Features

June 2, 2017 (Canton, Ohio) – It’s about to get even easier to use Stark County’s award-winning bike sharing network BikeSmart. The program is expanding and introducing exciting new features and functions.

On June 6, the system will go temporarily offline while it undergoes a complete upgrade and expansion of the system. Bikes are expected to be back up by June 9. The upgrade includes new bikes, racks, and locks as well as upgrades to the mobile app to make it even easier to use.

The new bikes will feature easy-to-adjustable seats, a smart keypad control to allow for quick checkout, a mounted ring lock, and automatic front and rear lights. BikeSmart will be adding 12 additional bikes to its fleet, bringing the total number of bikes to 48.
The new interface on the mobile app streamlines the process of creating a new account, offers directions to the nearest BikeSmart hub, and provides easy to follow, visual instructions.

The new Bluetooth-enabled locking system features two points of security with a single touch of a button. The new tamper-proof ring lock prevents the rear wheel from spinning or being removed, and two sturdy cables — one at each station dock, and one on each bike — connect to the ring lock, allowing riders to either tether bikes to return stations at the end of their trips, or to public bike racks for mid-ride stops. This unique model blends dockless locking for mid-trip stops with fixed station locations for beginning and ending rides making the new user experience convenient and hassle-free.

“We’re thrilled to see the network continue to grow and evolve in its third season,” said Jean McFarren, Deputy Director for Stark County District Library. “We want to make BikeSmart even more accessible to Stark County by adding more bikes and new locations. The new technology will make it even easier to use.”

BikeSmart will now feature 8 hubs with 48 bikes at 8 locations, which are strategically positioned in areas where paths or bike lanes are nearby:

Main Library in downtown Canton
715 Market Avenue N., Canton

Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake
5712 12th St NW, Canton

Canton Garden Center
1615 Stadium Park Dr NW, Canton

Veteran’s Park (formerly Schneider Park)
1714 Schneider St. NE, Canton

Southeast Community Center
1400 Sherrick Rd SE, Canton

Jackson Township (Address Change)
4811 South Park Dr. NW, Massillon

The New Locations Are:

North Branch
189 25th Street NW, Canton

SARTA
112 Cherry Ave SE, Canton

The bike sharing network is a collaboration of Stark County District Library, Stark Parks, and Canton Parks and Recreation. It launched in 2015 as the area’s first bike lending program, featuring 36 bikes at six hubs throughout the county.

The bike sharing network is unique in that it allows library patrons to borrow a bike for free with their library card. BikeSmart won the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA) Award for Management Innovation and the Ohio Library Council (OLC) Innovation Award. In its first two seasons, participants had 5,660 rides.
Community members over the age of 18 can visit any Stark County District Library location to sign up to use BikeSmart for free. Bikes can be checked out for up to eight hours. Out-of-town visitors and individuals without a library card may also use the system by paying per hour. To learn more about BikeSmart, visit StarkBikeSmart.com.

 

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