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BikeSmart Returns for Third, Extended Season

March 22, 2017 (Canton, Ohio) – Stark County’s award-winning free bike sharing program, BikeSmart, is back for a third season beginning March 20. The collaborative program founded by Stark County District Library, Stark Parks, and Canton Parks and Recreation allows library patrons to borrow a bike for free with their library card.

BikeSmart launched in 2015 as the area’s first bike lending program, featuring 36 bikes at six hubs throughout the county. It won the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA) Award for Management Innovation and the Ohio Library Council (OLC) Innovation Award. The program had 5,660 rides in its first two seasons and is expected to continue to be highly popular again this year because of the community need and versatility of bikes in general.

Jean McFarren, Deputy Director at Stark County District Library, helped to launch the program in 2015 and has been preparing for this year’s season. “We are thrilled to bring BikeSmart back for another year; it’s a hit with the community,” said McFarren. “To meet growing demand, we’ve added more bikes for our extended 2017 season and will be announcing new locations throughout the summer.”

Hubs are strategically positioned in areas where paths or bike lanes are nearby and are located:

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

Jackson Township
7487 Fulton Drive NW, Massillon

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

Community members over the age of 18 can visit any Stark County District Library location to sign up for BikeSmart for free. Bikes can be checked out for up to eight hours. Individuals may also use the system for a fee without their Library card.

More information is available at www.StarkLibrary.org/BikeSmart or by calling 330-452-0665.

 

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One of the 9 largest library systems in Ohio – and the county’s oldest library – Stark County District Library serves the community through 10 locations, six mobile libraries, and a 24/7 digital branch.

A 2009 winner of the prestigious National Medal for library service, the Library serves over 110,000 active cardholders, annually circulating 3.85 million items from its 1.4 million item collection and providing access to an additional 66 million items from lending networks throughout Ohio. Each year the library presents more than 9,000 programs for 170,000 attendees and provides 260,000 computer sessions on the publicly available computers found in each branch.

Today, as it reimagines itself as The Smart Store, where everything is free®, the Library is emerging as a national thought-leader with innovations such as its “no overdue fines” policy, the BikeSmart bike sharing network, and the Start Smart School Partnership.

For more information, call 330.452.0665 or visit http://www.starklibrary.org.

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