Bikes will soon be rolling into local libraries.
The Annapolis Valley Regional Library (AVRL) recently received a Community Development grant from the province that will allow it to offer bikes for loan this summer.
The Book Bikes program will be offered in Berwick and Wolfville in early summer, and later in Annapolis Royal. The grant also provides funds for bicycle fixing stations, which will be available in the three locations.
By offering free access to bikes, it’s hoped it will Increase access to recreational bikes, promote the Harvest Moon Trail and active living in public libraries, promote bicycling awareness for fitness, enjoyment, and transportation, and promote cycling within the communities.
The bicycles are on order and should be ready to roll this summer. The bikes will be available for adults to borrow during library open hours; borrowers must have a valid AVRL library card. Helmets and locks will be provided as part of the loan and the bikes will be equipped with bells and lights, as well as a basket.
“This is a project that has been done in other provinces and in the US, but this is the first one for Nova Scotia public libraries. We’ve had this idea brewing for several years,” says Angela Reynolds, community engagement coordinator.
AVRL has also partnered with municipal recreation departments to get this project off the ground.