[TheThinkTank] 6 month Bike "Checkout" System w/ the option to buy

Jonathan Rosenbaum gnuser at gmail.com
Fri Nov 6 20:05:04 PST 2020

Hi Audrey,

Is the code for the Bike Library Checkout App available anywhere?

Regardless, I should be able to provide a resolution for this issue. The
easiest solution would be to run the app in a virtualized container that
has the correct libraries. Exactly like with the reuse of bikes, you can
reuse code.


On Fri, Nov 6, 2020 at 11:17 AM Audrey Wiedemeier <audrey at bikelibrary.org>

> Hello Friends:
> Yesterday the Bike Library Checkout App that is custom built html failed
> to load. It won't be an easy fix as the Bike Lib. app was running on a
> really old version of php; a version that is no longer supported. The code
> is at least ten years old and likely will need to be completely rewritten.
> That being said, we need to decide to rewrite the code or query other
> operations out there.
> The order of operation for the Checkout System is:
> - find a bike, put down a deposit of $100-$300, sign the liability waiver,
> patron takes bike
> - on our end each bike has a 4-digit number that gets entered into our
> system with bike specs and the 6 month "due date" is recorded with that
> number
> - six months go by and the patron can return the bike for a refund of
> their deposit minus $50 OR they simply keep the bike and we keep their
> deposit $.
> - if they return it we make sure we have an updated mailing address, and
> the app lets us know how much we need to write the check out for to send
> via snail mail
> My questions to y'all are:
> 1 Do other shops operate in a similar fashion? If so, what POS system are
> you using?
> 2 Are there other shops out there who would want to replicate this
> checkout system? We have always wanted to make it easier to share and now
> would be the time to do it.
> 3 Have you heard of any new tech solutions that we should research? I've
> heard it's easier than ever to build your own app and I've fallen behind so
> maybe is a simple solution.
> Peace & grease,
> *Audrey Wiedemeier* (She/her/hers)
> Iowa City Bike Library, Director
> 700 S. Dubuque St, Iowa City
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