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Library Bikes and Pedal Power Produce

Library Bikes is a virtually free bicycle service in the town of Arcata, California, whereby bikes are lent for a refundable deposit, and the public can learn about pedal power in general. Efforts are underway to make the whole state support communities' library bikes facilities.
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P.O. Box 4347
Arcata , CA 95518
Contact Person: Jan Lundberg
Phone: 1-(215)-243-3144
E-Mail: info@culturechange.org
Website: http://www.culturechange.org/library-bikes.html

Detailed Information:
Arcata is in California's coastal redwood region and has been the home of Library Bikes/Community Bikes of Arcata since its founding in 1997. The idea developed from free-bike programs that some cities have instituted to get people out of cars and make biking easier. In Arcata, the program evolved into a deposit-based lending service. Hundreds of cars, usually driven by students attending nearby Humboldt State University, are kept off the road by this successful program. Someone has to do it because universities do not see fit, generally, to curb car use.

The shop is now in an old Chevy repair garage, and people can not only get bikes but fix them and learn about other pedal power projects. Pedal Power Produce is a concept that succeeded in bringing organic produce from a farm nine miles from Arcata to the weekly farmers market for seven years, in order to demonstrate nonpetroleum transportation and herald the end of road building bringing food from 1,500 miles, on average, to U.S. kitchens..

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