Trolley Car bike rental shop opens for the season in East Falls

For the second year, Trolley Car Café is offering a bike rental service right off Kelly Drive in East Falls. 

Opened in 2009, the S. Ferry road locale is a BYOB cafe open seven-days-a-week in the converted Fairmount Park pool house. The bike rental unit is located behind the cafe. 

The idea to rent bikes, says manager Kara Centeno, was simply a product of the environment: “East Falls has a lot of trails and is a great area to rent a bike and go around all the different places.”

The café rents mountain bikes, road bikes and tandem bikes for hourly rates as low as six dollars and for as high as $38 for the entire day, starting at 7 a.m. and ending at 8 p.m.

Centeno has seen an improvement in business compared to last year, which she attributes to different hours and the shift in management.

“In the beginning rentals were through an outside company who sent representatives outside to watch, but now we rent right from the café and only send a representative outside on the weekends when we’re most busy.”

For more information, go to the cafe’s website

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