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Library and SARTA Host Block Party to Celebrate New BikeSmart Hub

July 7, 2017 (Canton, Ohio) – Stark County District Library and SARTA invite guests to celebrate the new BikeSmart hub located at SARTA’s Cornerstone Transit Station on July 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The BikeSmart Block Party will be hosted outside, in front of the new hub where guests can enjoy food, music, and giveaways. The library will host a “pop-up library” location where guests can sign up for a library card, get old fines waived, check out bike themed books and sign up for BikeSmart.

Other planned activities include “celebrity” bike rides at 12:30 p.m. and the introduction of the BikeSmart Challenge. What is the BikeSmart Challenge? A volunteer will attempt to visit all of the BikeSmart hubs in one day using only SARTA and the bike sharing network. Follow this exciting journey on the SARTA and the library social media pages.

BikeSmart was founded in 2015 through a partnership with the Library, Canton Parks and Recreation and Stark Parks. SARTA’s location is the first new hub to be added since the program’s inception.

“We are excited to join Stark County District Library’s bike sharing network with the installation of a BikeSmart hub at our Cornerstone Transit Center. These bikes offer our riders an option for completing the first and last mile of their trip,” stated Kirt Conrad, SARTA CEO, “They also enhance the rider’s ability for an independent, healthy life. We encourage them to check out a bike, board a bus and go for a ride or explore the trails in Stark County’s Parks.”

Stark County District Library launched Stark County's bike sharing network in 2015 as a pilot program in partnership with Stark Parks and Canton Parks and Recreation using bike services provided by Zagster. The program was well received and has become a regular program each year and it operates from March to November. BikeSmart is FREE to all Stark County District Library card holders.

“We’re excited to welcome SARTA to the BikeSmart network,” said Jean Duncan McFarren, deputy director for the library. “Partnerships like this allow us to bring the latest and greatest in bike share technology to Stark County.”

Stark County’s award-winning bike share network recently underwent an expansion and upgrade which included new bikes featuring easy-to-adjustable seats, a smart keypad control to allow for quick checkout, a mounted ring lock, and automatic front and rear lights. A new Bluetooth-enabled locking system features two points of security with a single touch of a button was also added.

There are 8 hubs with 48 bikes between the 8 locations, 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 (located next to Jackson High School)
4811 South Park Dr. NW, Massillon

The New Locations Are:
North Branch 189
25th Street NW, Canton

SARTA Cornerstone Transit Station
112 Cherry Ave SE, Canton

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. Individuals without a library card may also use the system by paying per hour. To learn more about BikeSmart, visit StarkBikeSmart.com.

 

ABOUT SARTA

The Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) was established in 1996 to meet the public transportation needs of Stark County, Ohio residents. SARTA provides more than 2.5 million rides annually to commuters, seniors, individuals with disabilities, students, and veterans through the system’s fixed routes, Proline, MedLine, veterans, and campus bus services.

Along with providing safe, reliable, affordable transportation to destinations in Stark and beyond, SARTA is a nationally-recognized leader in the use of transit technology. Receiving numerous awards for its clean energy initiatives which include the acquisition and deployment of one of the world’s largest fleets of hydrogen fuel powered-buses. To learn more please visit sartaonline.com or contact Kristie Petty-Cox by phone at 330-477-2782 or via email at kcox@sartaonline.com


ABOUT THE LIBRARY

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 140,000 active cardholders, annually circulating 3.85 million items from its 1.5 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 175,000 attendees and provides 240,000 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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