Members of an Ohio-based public library are now able to use their library cards to borrow a bike for free.
Earlier this year, the Lorain Public Library launched the Go Lorain Bike Share programme to provide more options of active and green transportation to its residents, no matter their income, and to create a safe and supportive community for those who already bike or walk frequently.
Go Lorain Bike Share programme allows people to check out bikes with their library card. Helmets and locks are also available at no cost.
The Lorain Police Department supplies the bikes, while local youth aged 16-24 repair them as part of a job-training programme.
A portion of a grant to Lorain County Public Health funded the bike share, and these funds also enabled the community to install bike racks and distribute educational material about cycling.
Go Lorain Bike Share is part of a growing number of libraries in the state of Ohio getting involved in bike sharing programmes. Ohio established itself as a national leader in library bike-sharing programmes when the county of Athens first established their “Book-A-Bike” programme in 2013. Since then, nine library systems in the state have joined the movement.
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