Bike Pottstown/Bike Schuylkill is a collaborative effort that involves the hard work and dedication of many people. This page lists the major contributors to Bike Pottstown/Bike Schuylkill.
Schuylkill River Heritage Area
Bike Pottstown/Bike Schuylkill is managed by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area.One of only 49 congressionally designated National Heritage Areas in the country, the Schuylkill River Heritage Area uses conservation, education, recreation, historic and cultural preservation and tourism as tools for community revitalization and economic development. The Bike Pottstown/Bike Schuylkill program fits well with the Heritage Area mission, and with its signature project: working with partners to build expand and enhance the Schuylkill River Trail.
Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation
Bike Pottstown was made possible through a grant from the Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation.The Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation is a community organization created as a result of the sale of Pottstown Memorial Medical Center to Community Health Systems. The Foundation's purpose is to help area residents embrace a healthier lifestyle. It provides health and wellness education and awards grants to non-profit organizations.
Tri County Bicycles
The primary Pottstown check-out location, Tri County Bicycles provides all the maintenance support for Bike Pottstown and houses over 30 Bike Pottstown bikes.Tri County Bicycles is a full service bike shop located in historic downtown Pottstown. It provides an alternative to the "typical" bike shop by accepting trades on bicycle purchases, reconditioning the traded in bikes, and then offering them for resale with a warranty. Tri County Bicycles is an authorized dealer for: Fuji, SE bmx, Redline, Torker, Sun and Origin8. It also has one of the largest vintage showrooms in the area, offering bicycles, parts and accessories from 1940s to the early 90s. The shop has been voted the Readers Choice for 2011 and 2012 by the readers of The Mercury newspaper.
The Borough of Pottstown
Phoenixville Green Team
The Phoenixville Green Team serves as the funding partner for Bike Schuylkill-Phoenixville, and works to help sustain and promote the program.Dedicated to helping Phoenixville become a true green community, the Phoenixville Green Team is working to bring education and green initatives to Phoenixville, Schuylkill Township and East Pikeland Township.
Hamburg Our Town Foundation
Funding support for Bike Schuylkill-Hamburg is provided by the Our Town Foundation.The Our Town Foundation is a volunteer driven, non-profit community development organization working to revitalize and preserve downtown historic Hamburg for families and future generations to enjoy.
Borough of Hamburg
The Borough of Hamburg supports the Bike Schuylkill-Hamburg program, which operates out of the borough-owned Hamburg Community Park.Hamburg is located in northern Berks County, at the foot of the Blue Mountains, along the Schuylkill River.
Bike Pottstown was initiated in 2008 by the non-profit Preservation Pottstown, which applied for grants to start the program and purchased 30 yellow bikes with funds from the Pottstown Health and Wellness Foundation. Initial start-up costs were also funded by Exelon and the Pottstown Police Officers Association. Because the bikes were not available in yellow, Blast from the Past Street Rods painted them the signature bright yellow now associated with Bike Pottstown/Bike Schuylkill. The TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce was the driving force behind getting the bike share started, bringing together the people that made it happen. The Chamber also created and paid for the Bike Pottstown logo. The Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association (GVF Transportation) performed the Bike Pottstown Community Biking Study which examined the feasibility of biking possibilities in Pottstown.