LibraryBikes.org has prepared a book that expands the understanding of how to run a “Library Bikes” bicycle loaning center and program. After a decade of making bicycles available for... More > community use and over 3000 loaned bikes our experience has proven the utility of bicycle lending facilities.
The effect of getting people on bikes and out of cars is included. A whole range of topics (insurance, location selection, bicycle compost, recycled and reuse-donated bicycles, and press releases) are presented. Recognition of bike loaning systems as bicycle infrastructure is discussed.
Traversing interpersonal interactions and social drama at a Library Bike Center is as daunting a task as the physical repair of 3000 bikes. The book covers stories of:
-theft – rip off
-high school mechanics and mentors
-coupling and marriages at the bike shop
-safe zone for kids in a downtown environment.
Success and joyful endeavors on one side balanced with ways to deal with difficult personalities are included.< Less