Borrow Stuff

Bike Share

 

 

Adelaide's bike share scheme has been running since 2005, and offers 200 bikes at 19 different nodes. The scheme currently operates only in the CBD, North Adelaide and local government areas of Charles Sturt and Port Adelaide Enfield (western suburbs).

The service is free, but requires bikes to be picked up and dropped off at the same point, and those points are staffed locations.

www.bikesa.asn.au/adelaidefreebikes

 

image of Adelaide Free Bikes

 

In other cities, bike sharing is city wide and managed through use of electronic cards, allowing people to collect a bike at one point, and leave it at their destination. There are also systems which can track the availability of bikes in real time at each of the stations.

'Dockless' bike sharing schemes have recently emerged, which use GPS technology fitted to bikes, accessed via a smartphone app to locate, unlock and pay for use of the bike, eliminating the need for docks or nodes where people need to rent bikes.

 

Resources

Bike Sharing Feasibility Study for Adelaide
www.sensibletransport.org.au/project/bike-share-feasibility-study-for-adelaide/
www.sensibletransport.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Bike-share-options-for-Adelaide-Stage-3-17.08.16v2LR.pdf

 

Australian Examples

Melbourne's Dockless Bike Sharing
www.timeout.com/melbourne/blog/melbournes-blue-city-bikes-have-a-new-cheaper-competitor-061617

 

Sydney's Dockless Bike Sharing
www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jun/25/dockless-bike-share-privacy-and-safety-concerns-voiced-ahead-of-sydney-launch

 

International Examples

London Bike Share Map
www.bikes.oobrien.com/london/#zoom=14&lon=-0.0853&lat=51.5116

 

Milan's Electric Bikes
www.cities-today.com/milan-adds-1000-e-bikes-to-bike-share-system

 

 

Tools

 

 

A tool library is just like a regular library, except you can borrow tools instead of books. Tool libraries may be located in a shed, a regular library, a community centre or anywhere that can be accessed by the public. Libraries vary in how they operate – they may be free to use, require an annual membership, or a gold coin donation per hire.

Why clutter up your shed, and spend money on rarely-used tools and equipment?

More broadly, a Library of Things could offer musical instruments, sports equipment, fashion and more to borrow:
www.shareable.net/blog/the-library-of-things-8-spaces-changing-how-we-think-about-stuff
www.fastcompany.com/3045366/change-generation/at-this-fashion-library-you-check-out-clothes-instead-of-buying-them

 

If there isn't a tool library in your area, you could contact your local council or ask around at various community groups, or find others who are interested to start one by using the 'I Need' function on Share N Save.

 

How to Start a Tool Library


www.shareable.net/blog/how-to-start-a-tool-library
www.shareable.net/blog/16-tips-to-crowdfund-a-tool-library-in-your-town
www.shareable.net/blog/8-lessons-from-the-second-annual-international-lending-library-symposium

 

Center for New American Dream Webinar
www.newdream.org/resources/webinars/webinar-start-a-tool-library

 

Guide to Starting a Lending Library
www.sharestarter.org/tools/

 

Tool Library Management Software (provided for information only)
http://localtools.org
http://toollibrarian.com


Tool Libraries in Australia (2003 study)
www.changedesign.org/Resources/EDFPublications/Articles/Papers/Tool%20Libraries%20in%20Australia_contents.pdf

 

Australian Examples

 

Brisbane, Australia
www.brisbanetoollibrary.org


Brunswick, Australia
www.brunswicktoollibrary.org/php/index.php
www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-01/brunswick-tool-library-moves-premises-seeks-new-members/7210570

 

International Examples

Toronto, Canada
www.shareable.net/blog/new-sharing-depot-opening-reflects-success-of-torontos-library-of-things-movement
www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/services/borrow-a-musical-instrument.jsp
www.wehatetowaste.com/toronto-tool-library-share



 

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
www.edinburghtoollibrary.org.uk

 

Frome, UK
www.shareable.net/blog/a-library-of-things-puts-frome-on-the-map-as-a-sharing-town

 

Berkeley, US
www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/sites/default/files/files/inline/201328_bpl_tool_broch3_rev2.pdf


Sacramento, US
www.saclibrary.org/Services/Library-of-Things
www.shareable.net/blog/sacramento%E2%80%99s-library-of-things-shares-more-than-books
www.sacbee.com/news/local/education/article8920145.html

 

International Map of Tool Libraries
http://localtools.org/find/

 

Toys

 
 

 

Toy Libraries enable children to access a wider range of toys and games, without the expense and storage space required as they get tired of, or outgrow them. Toy Libraries may be free to use, or require a gold coin donation to cover the cost of mending or replacing lost or broken toys.

 

Resources

How to Start a Toy Library
www.shareable.net/blog/how-to-start-a-toy-library-12-quick-tips

What is a Toy Library? Short video by Toy Libraries Australia


 

Mount Gambier Toy Library Promo

War on Waste - Toy Libraries
www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-23/toy-libraries-keep-plastic-treasures-from-landfill-war-on-waste/8538574

 

Resources - Sharing for Parents and Carers

How to Share A Nanny
www.shareable.net/blog/how-to-share-a-nanny
www.shareable.net/blog/how-i-saved-17000-in-one-year-by-sharing (#5)

 

How to Start a Neighbourhood Childcare Co-operative
www.shareable.net/blog/webinar-how-to-start-a-childcare-cooperative
www.newdream.org/resources/webinars/babysitting-coop

 

MamaBake
www.mamabake.com

Big batch baking in a shared context that frees time up from cooking dinner every evening

www.shareable.net/blog/how-to-host-a-mamabake-food-swap-session
www.shareable.net/blog/sharing-the-cooking-gives-mamas-free-time
www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2012/04/12/3475837.htm