Exciting New Numbers!

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The Harrisburg Bike Share is proud to share that over the past year, we have increased our number of annual members from 1,990 to 5,140! That means 3,150 people have joined the bike share! 🎉

Also, in the past year, we have gone from 9,397 rides to 15,988 rides in and around Harrisburg City! 🚲Harrisburg Bike Share is excited to celebrate these new numbers with you and we are eager to grow with this wonderful community 😁🚲
Thank you to our title sponsor, Highmark Health, and the organization that powers us, Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania!

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We're Hiring!

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The Harrisburg Bike Share is looking to hire a Central PA Bike Share Coordinator. The Central PA Bike Share Coordinator should be an independent, forward-thinking, goal-oriented collaborator who is looking for an opportunity to expand the bike share program through strategic partnership and sponsorship growth.

Responsibilities

  • Manage the business development of the bike share program in both Dauphin and Cumberland counties

  • Target, acquire and build new partnership and sponsorship opportunities in the community

  • Manage grant writing and report success metrics

  • Create professional presentations for a wide variety of audiences

  • Build brand awareness for the program by attending community events and educating the public

  • Function as a go-to ambassador for the bike share program in the local community

Requirements

  • Must have, or is actively pursuing, a Bachelors degree in business management, marketing, or any other related fields

  • Proven computer literacy with strong hands-on capability in Microsoft Office, PowerPoint and other tools

  • Passion for, or interest in, biking or alternative transportation methods is preferred

  • Ability to independently focus and work on short-term and long-term goals

  • Ability to deliver business proposals to potential partners and sponsors

  • Strong public speaking, writing, and emotional intelligence skills

  • Key qualities: analytical, collaborative, enthusiastic, independently focused, self-sufficient and aggressive, but kind

Position Structure

This is a paid, part-time 10 to 20 hour a week position. Occasional evening and weekends may be required for community events.  

Reasonable Accommodation

Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania, Inc., will make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions of the job.

Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job:

  • The employee is regularly required to talk or hear

  • The employee is frequently required to sit, using hands and arms

  • The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk

  • The employee may need to drive long distances

  • The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds

  • The employee will need to utilize basic office equipment such as computers, copiers, printers, fax machines etc.

Interested applicants please submit a cover letter and resume via email to jenna@cisofpa.org. Please use “Central PA Bike Share Coordinator Application” in the email subject line.

Want to join the Harrisburg Bike Share Team? Become a student ambassador!

The Harrisburg Bike Share is seeking a reliable and motivated student ambassador for the Spring semester of 2019.

The Harrisburg Bike Share Ambassadorship Program is an opportunity to help build the Harrisburg Bike Share brand and spread the word of its unique philanthropic mission in the community, be an advocate for bike riding, and build your resume while doing it. Core functions include membership drives, event tabling, community outreach, partner and organization communications and executing tasks contributing to the greater marketing plan. Ambassadors report directly to the Harrisburg Bike Share External Relations Coordinator.

 

Hours will vary and be flexible. Bike Share Ambassadors will speak to and help the campus community learn about bike share by hosting event tables, giving bike share demos, and otherwise educating the public.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Execute strategies for membership sales.

  • Promote the growth of brand awareness of the Harrisburg Bike Share.

  • Educate the students and faculty of Harrisburg University on the benefits of the program.

  • Assist the Harrisburg Bike Share team with overall expansion efforts, including attending and participating in meetings with prospective partners and sponsors.

  • Work with the Harrisburg Bike Share marketing staff to develop and maintain a marketing calendar of events, and outreach opportunities.

  • Table set-up and manning at campus and community events.

  • Create blog and social media content.

  • Occasional assistance with fleet operations and user experience may also be requested.

 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Currently seeking a degree. Business, Marketing, Communications, and Urban Planning degrees are ideal but not required.

  • Outgoing and highly personable with good customer service and communication skills.

  •   Knowledge of social media and a desire to learn business tactics on various platforms.

  • Team collaboration.

  • Willingness to share candidate’s innovative ideas with Bike Share staff

  • Able to identify priorities and focus on critical tasks.

  • Comfort with explaining the Harrisburg Bike Share’s goals and mission with professionals and community members.

  • Passion for bicycling and related active transportation modes a plus.

 

TO APPLY:

Applications should be in PDF format and include a brief cover letter with an outline of your ability to meet the requirements, and your current resume. Please email applications to justine@cisofpa.org and include “Bike Share Ambassador” in the subject line.

Harrisburg Bike Share Wins CPBJ 2018 Nonprofit Innovation Awards

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This morning, Communities In Schools of PA won the CPBJ 2018 Nonprofit Innovation Awards in the Brand Identity/Unique Marketing Campaign category for the implementation of the Harrisburg Bike Share!

We are so thrilled and thankful to have won this award, and look forward to what is left in store for our program. 

Thank you to our sponsors, riders, and our community members who have made our success a reality! 

Harrisburg Bike Share Awarded Harrisburg Young Professionals' Project of the Year

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On February 6, 2018, the Harrisburg Young Professionals (HYP) met for their annual meeting to reflect on the successes of 2017 and share their hopes and visions for 2018. 

Each year at HYP's annual meeting, partners and community leaders that have had a positive effect on Harrisburg in the prior year are honored for their contributions. The awards given included Business of the Year, Community Engagement, HYP Member of the Year and Project of the Year. 

Harrisburg Bike Share was nominated as Project of the Year for their work in expanding eco-friendly transportation options and improving accessibility throughout the city. The bike share was noted for its station at Strawberry Square, a hub of activity in downtown Harrisburg. 

To read more about Harrisburg Bike Share's recipience of the Project of the Year Award, click here

Harrisburg Bike Share Halloween Costume Contest

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Dressing up for Halloween? Take a picture in costume with one of our Zagster bikes for the chance to win prizes! 

From now until the end of October 31, share your pictures and hashtag them with #bikesharehalloween to be automatically entered into the contest. 

Prizes will be awarded to a winner in each of the following categories: 
-youth (ages 0-12)
-teen (ages 13-17)
-adult (ages 18+)
-pet

Your pictures will be featured on Harrisburg Bike Share social media! 

Winners will be announced on November 1, 2017.

Email harrisburgbikeshare@gmail.com with questions.

Advocate delivers boost to Harrisburg bike-share program

Originally published in Central Penn Business Journal.

October 6, 2017 - How do you get downtown workers to support a bike-share program? Persuade the most vocal advocate for downtown revitalization to buy every one of his employees an annual membership in the program and hope others will follow his lead.

That's how Harrisburg's new bike-share program kicked off Thursday.

Brad Jones, president and CEO of Harristown Enterprises, one of the sponsors of Harrisburg Bike Share, announced that his company, is purchasing $25 annual bike-share memberships for each of its 150 employees. The company owns Strawberry Square and has been one of the most active in tackling development projects in the downtown in recent years.

Jones, an avid cyclist, and representatives from other business and government sponsors, including the Dauphin County commissioners, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, Harrisburg Young Professionals and title sponsor, Highmark Blue Shield, then took an inaugural ride on Third Street to the state Capitol complex at State Street.

Proceeds from Harrisburg Bike Share largely benefit local nonprofit Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania, a dropout prevention organization. Officials said 93 percent of proceeds benefit the nonprofit, which serves nearly 50,000 students and their families.

The organization is outsourcing bike-share operations through Massachusetts-based Zagster, a national bike-share provider with more than 200 programs in 35 states.

Harrisburg Bike Share has 55 Zagster bikes available at 11 stations throughout the city. Most locations are in downtown Harrisburg.

The bikes costs $90,000 per year and the organization has a two-year commitment with Zagster, said Ryan Riley, president and state director of Communities In Schools. Business and government sponsors are helping to offset the costs. Dauphin County, for example, contributed $16,500 to the program.

Commissioner Jeff Haste called the bike-share program a great attraction for both residents and visitors to Harrisburg. Plus, it should help take some vehicles off the road during lunch hour, while helping downtown workers navigate to places like the Broad Street Market in Midtown.

In addition to the $25 annual memberships, which include free trips under two hours, users can opt for pay-as-you-go memberships, which are $2 per hour, up to $20 per ride. People who keep the bikes for more than 24 hours will be charged an additional $50 in overtime fees.

To rent the bikes, users need the Zagster app for smartphones. Through the app, riders find a bike number and enter it to get an unlock code, allowing them access to the bike.

There also is a ride-by-text option.