Warm showers

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Warm showers
"A community of cycle tourists and those who support them"
Hospitality network
languages 16 language versions (including German ) (as of April 29, 2020)
Registration free
On-line 2005

Warm Showers is a non-profit hospitality network for people who go on bike tours . The platform is a sharing economy - hosts should not charge any accommodation fees and are not obliged to. The platform is accessible via a mobile app and a website based on Drupal software. The website is hosted by Skvare, LLC, a web hosting service. Warm Showers is a Colorado 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization based in Boulder , Colorado, USA.

The platform has been described as a support network for cyclists whose members can offer free amenities and services such as meals and accommodation.

Rough Guides recommends Warm Showers to improve the safety of solo cyclists. Warm Showers helps bike travelers balance independence through camping and hotels with opportunities for social gathering. Warm Showers has a positive impact on rural communities, both socially and economically. Many users of the platform are cyclists for health reasons or to reduce their carbon footprint and to be environmentally friendly. The organization received donations amounting to 100,641 US dollars in 2015, 84,009 US dollars in 2016 and 115324 US dollars in the year 2017th


A Canadian couple, Terry Zmrhal and Geoff Cashmen, founded Warm Showers in 1993. They created a database of the existing members of cycling host organizations. In 1996 Roger Gravel became responsible for the platform. In 2005, Randy Fay created the website based on the existing database. On November 15, 2009, the platform became open source software. There have been 15 contributors and 7 releases since then.

Open source development of the mobile app for Android began on January 22, 2012 and had 11 contributors. Randy Fay is the most committed website and Android app developer. Open source development of the mobile app for iOS began on October 7, 2012 and had two contributors. In 2017, Seth Portner was the managing director, the chairman of the board was Len Bulmer and the board members were Cyril Wendl, Russel Workman, Stephanie Verwys, Ken Francis, Jack Turner and Bruce Squire.

Membership Statistics

date Members source
April 2009 7,500
August 2014 50,000
April 2017 89,000; including 39,000 hosts
April 2018 85,000 members

Hospitality requests

Warm Showers grants trusted teams of scientists access to its anonymized data to enable insights for the benefit of humanity. In 2015, an analysis of 97,915 hospitality requests from BeWelcome and 285,444 hospitality requests from Warm Showers found overall regularity - the less time is spent writing a hospitality request, the less likely it is to succeed. Since both networks are characterized by altruism , the communication with little effort, also known as “copy and paste requests”, obviously sends the wrong signal.

See also

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b Helen Kopnina: Sustainability education in environmental: new strategic thinking . In: Environment, Development and Sustainability . 17, No. 5, September 20, 2014, pp. 987-1002. doi : 10.1007 / s10668-014-9584-z .
  2. ^ A b Joshua Cunningham: Warmshowers: why free hospitality for bike tourists is a priceless experience . In: The Guardian , April 24, 2018. 
  3. ^ A b For Road-Weary Cyclists, a Room, a Couch, Maybe Even a Meal . In: The New York Times . April 25, 2017.
  4. Jennifer Milyko: Bicycle Travel Etiquette: Warmshowers or Couchsurfing? . In: Adventure Cycling Association . 29th August 2013.
  5. The Scotsman: Edinburgh cyclists who up and left jobs to travel on their bikes reach half way point around the world in just six months . In: The Scotsman , December 1, 2019. 
  6. ^ Bike Touring 101: The Simple, Achievable Joys of Touring America on Two Wheels . 2019.
  7. a b Github: warmshowers.org . GitHub .
  8. Skvare, LLC .
  9. IP trace .
  10. a b c Return of organization exempt from income tax . Internal Revenue Service . 2017.
  11. ^ Jared Pendak: Tunbridge's Edwards Lives to Cycle . In: Valley News , June 28, 2018. 
  12. ^ Lesley Reader, Lucy Ridout: The Rough Guide to First-Time Asia . Rough Guides .
  13. Pedro Ferreira, Karey Helms, Barry Brown, Airi Lampinen: From Nomadic Work to Nomadic Leisure Practice: A Study of Long-term Bike Touring . In: ACM on Human-Computer Interaction . 3, 2019. doi : 10.1145 / 3359213 .
  14. ^ Heidi Beierle: Bicycle Tourism as a Rural Economic Development Vehicle (PDF) University of Oregon . May 12, 2011.
  15. ^ Brian Higgins: Why this man is letting cycling tourists stay at his house for free . In: CBC News , October 3, 2018. 
  16. ^ A b Benjamin Tilton: Before You Hit the Open Road: Warmshowers Has an Overnight Solution for Touring Cyclists and Story-making . In: SLUG Magazine , May 2, 2019. 
  17. Dan D'Ambrosio: HEY buddy, CAN YOU SPARE A WARM SHOWER? . In: Adventure Cycling Association . 1st March 2018.
  18. ^ A b Drew Meyers: A Little History of Modern Hospitality Networks . August 21, 2014.
  19. WarmShowers for Android . GitHub .
  20. Warmshower's iPhone / iPad app . GitHub .
  21. Randy Fay: Internationalization and Localization of Warmshowers.org . April 30, 2009.
  22. Rustam Tagiev, Dmitry I. Ignatov, Radhakrishnan Delhibabu: Economics of Internet-Based Hospitality Exchange . In: (IEEE / WIC / ACM) International Conference on Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology (WI-IAT)., Pp. 493--498. doi : 10.1109 / WI-IAT.2015.89