Monday, May 13, 2019

Darke County Parks to Offer Bicycle Rentals

Darke County Parks’ Bish Discovery Center now offers bicycle rentals! In an effort to make it even easier for residents and visitors to bike the Tecumseh Trail, bicycles were purchased from Countryside Bike Shop using a local grant from Harry D. Stephens Memorial, Inc.

These comfort cruiser-style bikes are available in two sizes, 26” and 24”. The 24” should be able to be ridden by older children (10+) or smaller-framed adults. “These bikes are a great unisex design for all activity levels with their “step-thru” design, allowing the rider to mount the bike without the need to swing a leg up and over the seat,” Chief Naturalist Robb Clifford explains. “This same feature also allows for riders to stop the bike and stand with their feet flat on the ground, all while ensuring the rider is seated in an optimum riding position! They have a very comfortable ride and enough gears to allow you to easily cruise at whatever speed you desire,” Clifford continued.

Rentals may be reserved online at or by visiting the Bish Discovery Center, will cost just $5/hour or $20/day and may be rented during Bish Discovery hours. Rental fee must be paid by credit card and includes use of bicycle, helmet and trail map. Renters must be at least 16 years old. Cyclists are encouraged to bring water bottles.

Thank you to the Harry D. Stephens Memorial, Inc. for the funding in order to make this goal a reality! The Darke County Parks would also like to thank Mr. Bob Bitner of Countryside Bike Shop on Broadway for his help in selecting and purchasing the ideal bike for our needs.

To contact the Darke County Park District regarding rentals and policies, please contact the Bish Discovery Center 808-4120 or the park offices at 548-0165.

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