I haven't been on a bike in decades, but I've been thinking about it as a cross-training day option - especially since chatting up a couple of folks who were taking a break at a picnic table along the Towpath Trail in Barberton. They were from Massillon and had planned a 30-mile ride, scheduling in time for a lunch at a local restaurant and a later stop for ice cream in Canal Fulton. How fun is that!

I don't own a bike, and fear that if I buy one it will end up sitting in my garage. But now I don't have to invest a dime. Barberton has joined a local trend of places that will let you borrow a bike for the day.

The Barberton Bike Share program kicked off this morning, with three locations storing four bikes, helmets and locks. All you need is a photo ID and a signed waiver. The first come-first served operation is at Lake Anna YMCA, Barberton Public Library, and the Stark State Barberton Campus on Norton Avenue. I wrote about the details for the Akron Beacon Journal here: https://ohio.com/news/local/barberton-residents-and-visitors-can-borrow-bikes-1.768999

It's a great way for me to see if I like bike riding enough to invest in one myself.

There's a similar program in Akron called Summit Share, operated by the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition. There are more than 30 bikes spread across eight sites. Two sites charge a small fee, but six sites are entirely free. Check out locations and hours here: summitshare.org. Note: The Akron program limits you to 2 hours. Barberton only requires you return the bike by the end of the business day of the site where you borrow it.

If you live in Stark County and have a Stark County District Library card, you can borrow a bike from BikeSmart. There are six locations around the county. Find the sites, hours and terms here: https://starklibrary.org/home/services/bikesmart.

There are, of course, places that rent bikes for a fee. Century Cycles comes to mind, with locations in Peninsula and Medina. I'm sure there are others. So if you're looking for a change of pace between the days you're working out on two feet, you can always try two wheels.

- Paula