Norway, South Paris, Oxford

CEBE BikeShare

CEBE BikeShare is an effort to reduce carbon emissions by offering alternative transportation for utilitarian riders in the downtown Norway, South Paris, and Oxford area. By offering free use of cargo bikes, CEBE will promote a healthier, more sustainable mode of transport. This program also helps to support the local economy by providing transportation for community members to shop and run errands, as well as promote bicycling for the local bike shop.

 

VOLUNTEER, DONATE OR JOIN THIS WORKING GROUP:

  • Donated bikes in decent shape are needed.
  • Community bike racks and bike stations in front of businesses are needed.
  • Anyone with skills in basic bike repair or the ability to help paint bikes are welcome to volunteer on this project.
  • As part of the CEBE Bikeshare Working Group you can help to keep an eye on bikes being used throughout the community, help repair and fit bikes when needed, move bikes around to community bike racks, help people register for the program, promote bike safety and driver awareness efforts, and help promote the program.

 

Program Availability: April 1st - December 1st each year

 

How do I sign up?

Come into the Center for an Ecology-Based Economy (447 Main Street, in The Commons by Fare Share Market) and fill out a registration form and waiver. Our hours are Monday–Friday from 10am–4pm. If we are not there, for any reason, please call us at 207-739-2101 or email us to let us know that you want to register.

 

You will be given a short orientation to the Bikeshare program and to the bikes themselves. If you registered the year before, you still need to come into CEBE to re-read the waiver, update and re-sign your registration form.

 

Does it cost anything?

We rely on volunteer labor to keep the bikes in working order and donations and grant funding to purchase needed parts. We encourage each Bikeshare user to make an annual donation to help support the program. This donation can be either:

  • a monetary donation on a sliding scale, starting at $1.00, or
  • participation at one of our monthly Skillshares in which we work together to re-hab and maintain the bikes (no experience or skill necessary).

 

Please offer whatever you can afford.

 

What can the bikes be used for?

You can use a bike for any reason. Many users run errands to local businesses, ride to the lake or Roberts Farm Preserve for recreational reasons, or just ride around for exercise. The bikes are not for off-road recreational use

 

Where do I get a bike?

Once you have been registered and oriented to the bikes, you can pick up a bike at one of 4 CEBE bike rack locations:  outside the CEBE office, Market Square in front of Community Concepts, Paris Autobarn on the corner of Main St. and E Oxford Road in South Paris, and near Stephens Memorial Hospital in front of Healthy Oxford Hills.

 

How long can I use it for at any one time?

Out of respect for other CEBE Bikeshare users, we ask that the bikes are used for around 2–3 hours at a time.

 

Do I have to wear a helmet?

Bike helmets are not mandatory in Maine, but we strongly encourage you to wear one. Helmets can be purchased at Green Machine Bike Shop or other area businesses.

 

Where can I ride?

CEBE’s Bikeshare Program has a triangle of use that we ask all users to stay within. The boundaries of this triangle include Penneseewassee Park in Norway, Market Square intersection in South Paris, and Wal-Mart on Route 26 in Oxford. (See map)

 

Please ride with traffic in the road, not on the sidewalk. Wearing brightly colored clothing helps drivers see riders and avoid accidents.

 

Please do not ride at night unless you have front and rear lights.

 

What do I do with the bike when I’m done with it?

Please always lock your bike with the CEBE bike lock whenever you are temporarily leaving it. The lock should be threaded through the wheel, around the frame, and to an object that will allow it to stand up (preferably a bike rack).  When you are finished using the bike, please return it to one of CEBE’s 4 Bikeshare Hubs. (See map)

 

What if something breaks or isn’t working on the bike?

If the bike isn’t working properly for some reason, please discontinue riding it, and call CEBE at 207-739-2101 to let us know or leave a message. If a tire is flat, please do NOT continue to ride it as the wheel and tube can become damaged. If you are able to return the bike to CEBE, please do so and we will repair it. Otherwise, we can come and pick it up.

 

What is the “In Use” Tag for?

If you are temporarily leaving the bike because you are at your destination, and you still intend to use it within the specified time frame, clip the “In Use” Tag to the front brake cable or around the lock so that another registered user will know the bike is still being used instead and is not available to take.

Quick Facts

WHAT IS IT?

Our transportation system is nearly entirely reliant on private vehicles fueled by gasoline.
Does every person need their

own 4 person car?

SIGN UP TODAY!

To register, please print this document, review, sign and bring it into CEBE where we will brief you on the program, safety, and locking. At that point you will be able to use any and all Bikeshare bikes in the area.

 

>> SkillShare <<

Share your skills, or learn from others, as we work together to repair and paint bikes for CEBE BikeShare. Bring bike tools

if you can!

Donate

We rely on volunteer labor to keep the bikes in working order and donations and grant funding to purchase needed parts. We encourage each Bikeshare user to make an annual donation to help support the program. This donation can be either:

 

  • a monetary donation on a sliding scale, starting at $1.00, or

  • participation at one of our monthly Skillshares in which we work together to re-hab and maintain the bikes (no experience or skill necessary).

Follow us

NAVIGATE

Contact us

Center for Ecology-Based Economy © 2013-2017,  All Rights Reserved

CEBE is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization  |  Federal Tax ID: 46-3113400  |  Donations are gratefully accepted.