Donation Pay Phone Project

The Donation Pay Phone Project aims to organize and help create by-donation pay phones. These phones are installed and maintained by volunteers, and utilize an internet connection to make Voice Over IP phone calls. They work like pre-paid phones. When someone makes a donation, that amount is added to the balance. When a toll call is placed, the cost of that call is subtracted from the balance. If the balance runs to zero, toll calls cannot be made until an additional donation is received. Right now, all calls to the U.S. and Canada are free courtesy of Google Voice (voice.google.com). Here is the list of active phones:
We started the project because, with the proliferation of cell phones, pay phones are increasingly expensive and hard to find.

If you'd like to create a phone in your neighborhood, we can help you set it up. All you need is an internet connection, a regular phone and an analog telephone adapter, the cheapest of which cost about $25. Contact us at phone AT pedalpeople DOT com, or call 413-517-5800.

Also check out Phone Service with the Bike Path Phone system.

Bike Path Phone (413) 570-0095 [map]
($-0.39 remaining)


(If you make a donation via Paypal, it may take
a day or two before the balance is updated)
The Bike Path Phone is a by-donation pay phone located at 927 Ryan Bikeway in Florence, Massachusetts, between Straw Avenue and Chestnut Street. Call 413-825-6795 to access the phone system remotely. Here are the menu options:
  • 00 = main menu
  • 20 = call 8 High St, Florence
  • 21 = call bike path phone (or call directly at 413-570-0095)
  • 51 = Northampton weather forecast
  • 52 = caller ID lookup and readback
  • 54 = Monkeys (say hello to them 1st)
  • 56 = hear the current time & date
  • 57 = call or sign up for the Question Phone
  • 90 = check voicemail
  • 91 = directory
  • 98 = statistics about the phone
  • 99 = request new voicemail account
  • 300-499 = voicemail boxes
However much money we receive in donations is how much is available in minutes for anyone to use. The cost for local and long-distance calls is 1.4 cents per minute. It's free to call toll-free numbers and the local extensions. When you place a toll call from the phone, you'll hear the amount of money left.

Right now, $-0.39 in donations remain (about -27 minutes). In the last two weeks, people have made 63 calls and used 45 minutes. The total amount donated since the phone was installed is $478.58.

Dial 99 to create a free voicemail account. Voicemail can be accessed at the phone, via the access number (825-6795), or online.

If you have comments or something's not working right, stop in and see us at 8 High Street, Florence, Mass. You can also call extension 017 or e-mail phone AT pedalpeople DOT com.

Check voicemail online


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