Golden Bike Library ShedAfter a very successful inaugural year, the Golden Bike Library is now open for a second season, stocked with a larger fleet of bikes.

The Golden Bike Library is a bike share program, where visitors, residents, local employees and students can check out a bike for a limited time to use around town. It is perfect for residents and visitors looking for alternative transportation or recreation, with a variety of bikes designed for a cruise around town or a trek up a Golden trail. The program runs from April through October and provides adult and children’s bikes through a check-out system at the Golden Visitor’s Center, 1010 Washington Ave. between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. The first two hours are free; those looking to rent for longer periods pay just $10 per day and may utilize a convenient key-drop box to return bikes after hours. Riders are required to sign a waiver and those under 18 must have a parent signature. A valid ID and credit card is required for rentals.

Bikes come equipped with a lock and helmets are encouraged. Riders receive a Golden Ticket and reusable water bottle with each bike rental. To make a reservation ahead of time and fill out a waiver, visit www.GoldenBikeLibrary.com. Suggested routes, maps, and other Golden information is also available at the Visitor’s Center and online. The Golden Bike Library is operated by the City of Golden and funded through a Federal Transportation Grant.

This unique service is funded through a Colorado Department of Transportation Grant.