RACINE — Looking for a way to cruise around town or get a little extra exercise? The local library may be able to help.
A year after first launching the Book-A-Bike program in Middleport and Pomeroy, bicycles are now available in Racine.
Assistant Director of the Meigs County District Library Chelsea Poole explained that the decision to expand to Racine made sense given the potential riding areas in town.
With 400 miles logged on the bicycles in Pomeroy and Middleport, it was a logical next step to expand to Racine.
Poole explained that this is a good way for parents and children to ride together, particularly if the parent may not have a bicycle of their own but the child does. Families are also able to check out multiple bicycles for the whole family to ride again.
The funds to purchase the bicycles were through the Together on Diabetes Grant in conjunction with the Meigs County Health Department.
Currently there are five adult bicycles, two smaller bicycles and one trail-a-bike (tandem-style for an adult and younger rider) at each of the three locations.
Safety flags were also added to each of the bicycles at all three sites to improve safety.
Asked about the potential of expanding to the library’s other branch at Eastern Local Schools, Poole explained that a grant had been used to construct a walking path at the district, meaning grant funds may not be available for a bicycle program. Additionally, there is nowhere to ride in the area of the Eastern library.
Bicycles can be checked out for a period of up to three hours per day. The bikes must be returned 30 minutes prior to the library closing each day.
Similar programs are available at libraries in neighboring counties.
The only thing needed to check out a bicycle is a library card. A lending agreement must also be signed for use of the bicycle.
The Middleport and Racine libraries are open form 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., while the Pomeroy location is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
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