Have you been paying too much for public transportation? Been wanting to cut down on the time it takes to walk to your destination? Been wanting to make that environmentally-friendly decision to use your car less? Then you should consider the Loan-to-Own bike program.
The MCTC bike collective has been committed to helping students learn about and maintain their bikes. Starting this semester, the collective is happy to announce the Loan-to-Own program in addition to the services that are already offered.
Many choose not to ride bikes because of monetary reasons or fears that they will not have the knowledge to maintain it. The collective is committed to helping students bypass these hurdles. The goal is that any student currently without a bike, who wants to ride, will see that dream realized.
With a small deposit of 20 dollars, you can ride home with a bike sooner than you might think. All that is required while the bike is on loan is that you check in once a month at an Open Bike shop to show that you have been riding, maintaining and caring for your bike. By taking advantage of the mechanic’s knowledge at Open Shops, you will have the opportunity to learn about your bike in a friendly environment with people who are committed to giving you hands-on experience. At the end of the semester, once you have proven the bicycle is being cared for and used, the deposit will be returned, and the bike will officially be yours.
As of right now, there is a limited supply of bikes ready to go on loan, so the bikes are on a first-come, first-serve basis. One way to get on the list is to email firstname.lastname@example.org. However, it would be better to talk to the collective face-to-face at one of the Open Bike Shops so that we can tell that you are truly committed and interested in our program. Open Bike Shops are Mondays 2:30-3:30, Thursdays 2:45-4:45, and Fridays 2:30-3:30 in the entrance of the K building. The collective exists for you, so feel free to stop by as often as you like.
Additionally, we are always accepting bike donations. If you have a bike that you no longer use, in any condition, bring it by one of the Open Shops. The collective will put some work into it with the hope of getting it into the hands of someone who needs it. This program only will work off of the donations, and the more bikes the collective receives, the more people will benefit.