Bike to the Books
Bike Easy partnered with the New Orleans Public Library to help improve and promote biking to the library and around the city.
December saw the launch of “Bike to the Books” an effort to promote and improve biking in the city through the New Orleans Public Library and Bike Easy. With two FixIt stations already in place at libraries around the city, Main Library hosted the first Bike Easy workshop free to the public on December 3rd. The event drew in riders of varying experience and all of them proved to be extremely excited about the efforts around improving bicycling from Bike Easy, the New Orleans Public Library, and Blue Bikes. With the “Bike to the Books” programming just going public it was a great opportunity to introduce everyone to the many facets of the NOPL’s efforts:
Bike Easy has installed public use repair stations at the Main Library and Norman Mayer Library, with more stations scheduled at Nora Navra Library and Martin Luther King Library. These stations provide everything needed for quick adjustments, flat fixing, routine maintenance, and some more intricate repairs. Each station has a durable air pump complete with pressure gauge to ensure tires are properly inflated.
Bike Easy Workshops
The libraries are offering free workshops put on through Bike Easy. As always, our workshops will provide information on safe riding techniques, rules of the road, and our current projects. Each of these workshops will include a detailed overview of using a FixIt Station and routine maintenance. Get hands on experience practicing fixing a flat or bring your bike along to try out your new skills!
Bike Lock Check Out
Bike Easy helped secure U-Locks and cables which are now available for anybody riding to the library. To ensure that no one using the many resources at the library has to leave their bicycle vulnerable, each branch now allows locks to be checked out for up to 24 hours. The bike locks are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are only o be used on Library bike racks.
Blue bike Hubs
Blue Bike hubs can be found around many of the libraries within the Blue Bike network. These offer residents a great opportunity to ride to or from the library without their own bicycle. The Blue Bike hub outside of the Main Library on Loyola Avenue is one of the most regularly used hubs and a popular hub for low-income residence. The library has allowed Bike Easy and Blue Bikes to table at various events in order to promote the reduced fare program from Blue Bikes and hand out free passes to those in need!
So now that their making it so easy, make sure to bike on over to your local library and find out more about all their great programming!