So this post is not directly related to libraries but I had to share this video on “biking anecdotes from Amsterdam” Amazing that the people in the community there created this culture themselves and how it is so ingrained in their lifestyle it seems normal to them. How can libraries help create a more powerful bike culture in the US?
Bicycle Anecdotes from Amsterdam from STREETFILMS on Vimeo.
This blog Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space “focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work” and I recommend following it! As someone who loves to bike I often am drawn to bike related post. This recent one on “Bike-based library outreach” caught my attention. He has summarized a lot of key bike and library outreach initiatives such as the books on bikes program at Seattle Public Library (see image on right)
Check out more bike/book initiatives more here!
There are also initiatives in other counties such as this “Biblioburro” program – a teacher and his donkey take books to children in remote farming communities.
Thrilled to see this story from the Arizona Daily Star about the Pima County Public Library’s Books on Wheels program. In partnership with Pima County Bike Ambassadors, those homebound can still get library books from this monthly Books on Wheels program at three Tucson branches. Karen Greene, the adult-services librarian launched the program about a year ago. A bike ambassador picks up the books once a month at the branches, delivers them and returns any the patron has finished. Find out the locations and dates for the Bookbike program – and check out more photos!
Many cities in Europe already have bike sharing programs in place. Some cities (like Paris) offer free bikes funded via advertising and others are paid for with taxpayer money (London). These programs offer many of these sturdy, “granny type” bikes with baskets and many stations installed in former parking spots. Unappealing as they sound, they are more a tool for transportation and curb the idea of stealing.
The US is finally offering this type of program such as the one Washington DC: the SmartBike DC Program. This is a fully automated touch-and-go rental program with 120 bicycles at 10 locations throughout the city center, supported by Clear Channel Outdoor and the District Dept of Transportation. Subscribers will receive a personalized SmartBike DC user card that provides access to any station of the program at any time.
Maybe your city will offer this type of service soon and the library can be a part of it by supporting the idea and offering a station outside the library building!