Got Your Card Handy? This Library Will Let You Check Out Bikes for Free - Bicycling
THE INITIATIVE IS PART OF A TREND WHERE RENTING A BIKE TO GET AROUND TOWN IS JUST AS EASY AS BORROWING A BOOK.
If you find yourself in Lorain, Ohio, and have the urge to ride, try heading to the local library.
The Lorain Public Library collaborated with county health and parks departments to launch its Go Lorain Bike Share program this past May, and the initiative in another step in a growing trend where renting a bike to get around town is just as easy as borrowing a book.
That’s because unlike most bike share programs, this one in Lorain is free and allows people to check out bikes with their library card. Helmets and locks are also available at no cost.
“We are thrilled that this program will include elements of travel and tourism and healthy living. It’s a win-win for everyone involved,” Jennifer Bracken, assistant director of Lorain County Metro Parks, told the Morning Journal newspaper.
The program aims to provide more options of active transportation to its residents, no matter their income, and to create a safe and supportive community for those who already bike or walk frequently.
Because Lorain doesn’t have many bike lanes, community leaders are aiming to increase the visibility of the biking population by installing Go Lorain bike racks across the town.
Should the bikes need maintenance, that will be taken care of by a group that employs young adults aged 16-24 and teaches them how to properly use hand and power tools.
“We are so proud to be part of the Go Lorain bike share, because it demonstrates the power of collaboration bring[ing] new ideas and possibilities to the community,” said Library System Director Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz.
The bikes are available for checkout when the library opens and must be returned before closing—the only cost is if a bike, helmet, or lock is lost or stolen, in which case whomever checked it out will be responsible.