A collection of donated bicycles is finally available to rent at the Roswell Recreation & Aquatic Center, 1402 W. College Boulevard.
Monday was the first day the 10 green beach cruisers donated by the Spring River Corridor Foundation were made available to the public, Recreation Manager Marcus Gallegos said.
The Spring River Corridor Foundation first approached the city about the project in August 2018, the foundation’s Bob Edwards said.
It was an expansion of the nonprofit group’s usual projects. The foundation was formed in 1987 and works to enhance the 4.8-mile Spring River Trail bike and walking paths.
“Our projects over the years have mostly dealt with art on the trail. Then one of the members suggested we look into doing this since it was so popular in other places,” Edwards said.
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“We contacted an outfit in California that makes the beach bikes for San Diego. We ordered 10 bikes,” he said.
The bikes, which cost $3,000 according to Edwards, were assembled by Moon Rock Outfitters, a bike shop located in the back of Stellar Coffee Co., 315 N. Main.
The city council approved the bike rental program as a pilot project in February, with plans to track the use of the bicycles. The program was scheduled to start in May and run through October, but the closure of city services due to the coronavirus pandemic delayed its start.
“We’ll still run it to October to see how it does,” Gallegos said. “It will be hard to gauge because it’s not a full, open summer. So we’ll definitely do it again next year and hopefully, we’ll be fully open by next year and we can really gauge it by that point.”
One change from the original proposal is that riders will have to provide their own helmets. JaneAnn Oldrup, Parks and Recreation Commission chair, had obtained a donation of youth helmets from a Santa Fe brain trauma organization, but Gallegos said because of the coronavirus, the helmets will not be made available at this time.
The bikes are sized for adults and older youth, Gallegos said, and are available to rent during the Recreation & Aquatic Center’s hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
The bikes are only to be used on the trails at Cielo Grande Recreation Area.
“It’s going to have to be an honor system unless someone reports it off our property, but that’s part of the rental agreement,” Gallegos said.
Anyone wanting to rent a bike must be 18 or older with a valid drivers license and credit card and sign the rental agreement and a waiver, as well as wear a helmet. Those under 18 will have to be accompanied by a paying adult.
Cost is $5 for two hours and $2 for each additional hour.
“It’s a great way to get out and enjoy our beautiful park and a new way of having fun. We’ve been very limited in how we have been able to provide services. This is one of the areas we can,” Gallegos said.
City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or email@example.com.
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