With a strained public transit budget and calls for transportation alternatives to cars, Annapolis, Maryland, is launching a bike-loan program in conjunction with annual Bike-to-Work day. The program, Free Wheelin' Annapolis, is housing bikes at two locations in the city that are available, at no cost, to residents and visitors to cycle around the city. The program is dependent on volunteers to provide maintenance and inventory management and to help shuttle bikes between the two storage locations. A local bicycle shop is providing technical support for the program, including training volunteers and helping riders with everyday bike maintenance. If the trial, which will run through the spring, proves successful, the program will continue into the summer and will be dependent on donations to operate. Bike-loan programs are popular in Europe and Canada. To learn more, contact Danielle Matland or Paula Chase-Hyman at 410-263-7964.