In its third year, the Waxahachie free bike rental program continues to encourage residents to find their own path to summer fun.

The program is made possible through donations of bikes from community organizations, local businesses, and individuals.

John Smith, Director of Parks and Recreation, stated the bikes provide a unique way to take in the city's trail system.

“I think that the program has been well received,” Smith said. “I know that people are using the bikes because they come back to us with little notes saying ‘thanks for putting these out.’”

Smith stated the bikes provide another option for residents to explore the community. He noted the public regularly uses the bikes on the weekends.

The bike rack is at the entrance of the hike and bike trail in Getzendaner Park. While there are no costs, riders are asked to inspect the bikes before they use them on the concrete path. They are also required to follow all posted safety rules, wear proper protective equipment, and watch for pedestrians. Bike riders use the bikes at their own risk. After using the bike, riders asked to return it to the rack for the next person to enjoy.

“We don’t recommend that they take them along the more adventurous dirt trails,” Smith said. “There are no plans to expand the program. The single bike rack at Getzendaner Park seems to be doing well at this time.”

The Parks and Recreation Department accepts donations of adult bikes in working or good repairable condition.

Partnering with the city on this project this year is Ellis County Bicycles. The bike shop has done the refurbishment of six bikes that will be used by residents.

Lane Chambers, bike shop manager, stated, “This is a good program, and it is something that is needed here in the city.”

For more information about the program, Smith can be contacted at 469-309-4271. People who wish to donate a bike can do it at the parks and recreation building at 401 S. Elm Street in downtown Waxahachie.

Getzendaner Park is at 400 S. Grand Avenue in Waxahachie.