Grab your helmet, fill-up your water bottle, hop on your bicycle and ride out to the nearest San Mateo County Libraries location on September 19, 2020 in celebration of “Bike to Your Library Day!” There has been an uptick in bicycle riding this year and we want to support our patrons by giving out some fun bicycle swag!
From 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM our branch locations will provide free bike-themed giveaway books, cotton canvas messenger bags from our community partner Commute.org, opens a new window and more during Curbside Pickup hours – all while supplies last! Consider placing a hold on a few library items prior to “Bike to Your Library Day” and making a Curbside Pickup appointment to grab them the day of. Our library employees will be thrilled to see you all on bikes, so please make sure you ring your bike bell when you see them!
Book-A-Bike Is Back!
In addition to Bike to Your Library Day, our Book-A-Bike service will be resuming with a new loan period. Bikes will now be loaned for one week. That’s right, 7 days of unlimited bike use! As of now, this service is available at the Belmont Library only. Borrowing and returning will take place near the amphitheater of the Belmont Library.
How to Book-A-Bike:
How do you qualify to borrow a bike? We’re glad you asked! Here’s what you’ll need:
- Must be 18 years or older and live in San Mateo County
- Have a valid library card that begins with “29041”
- Complete a waiver, opens a new window prior to borrowing the bicycle.
- We’ve made the Book-A-Bike reservation process easy. Visit the Book-A-Bike reservation page, opens a new window to get started.
After your booking has been made, library staff will coordinate with you to make a pick-up reservation at the Belmont Library. Upon your arrival to borrow the bicycle, our staff will use a contactless process to provide you with all the necessary components; this will happen near the entrance of the Belmont Library amphitheater.
For more about Book-A-Bike procedures, check out our FAQs, opens a new window.
With an eye for easy-to-ride, reliable bikes, we purchased a fleet of four low-maintenance bicycles. Many of the bike’s components, including a carbon drive belt, three-speed internal gear hub, and flat-free tires, should ensure a smooth ride for patrons and less maintenance for staff. Other accessories include a helmet with a GoPro mount, a basket for cargo, bike light and charging cable, bike lock, bike bell, and first aid kit.
Great Bicycle Resources Worth Checking Out:
- The Urban Cycling Survival Guide by Yvonne Bambrick
- Silicon Valley Bike Coalition Maps, opens a new window
- C/CAG of San Mateo County Bike Maps, opens a new window
- CA DMV Bicycle Safety Tips & Laws, opens a new window
- "Urban Bicycling Basics: Rules of the Road" video, opens a new window published by San Francisco Bike Coalition
- “How to Choose a Cycle Helmet” video, opens a new window by the Global Cycling Network.
Where else do you plan to ride your San Mateo County Libraries bike to? Let us know in the comments below!