Golden Bike Library – “Bikes are the Way to Go”
The Golden Bike Library is now closed for the season, but will reopen again in April 2017. This unique service is funded through a Colorado Department of Transportation Grant.
What is a bike library, you ask?…
It’s a bike share program, where visitors, residents, local employees and students can “check-out” a bike for a limited time period for local use in Golden. What makes a bike library different than a traditional bike share program like “B-cycle” in Denver is that the “library” has a variety of bikes available for different ages and abilities, including road bikes, mountain bikes, children’s bikes and light-weight geared bikes to address Golden’s hills. Users will be able to check-out bikes for local trips, employment meetings and recreation, or to link to local public transportation.
Where is it and how does it work?
The Golden Bike Library is centrally located at the Golden Visitors Center at 1010 Washington Avenue, and open spring through Fall (*please note, the Bike Library is currently closed for the season). When open, users can check-out bikes Thursday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A key-drop box at the Visitors Center allows users to return the 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 are also required for rentals. Rides under two hours are free, while the daily rental fee is $10 per bike. Pricing and hours are subject to change at any time, so please check back again in the spring for updated rates and open hours.
The Laser20 is the perfect bike for youth to explore Golden.
• Lightweight & durable aluminum Laser frame.
• Two types of brakes: a standard rear coaster brake, which most youngsters are familiar with, and a rear V-brake which many are not. Having the rear coaster brake as a back-up, allows youngsters to get used to hand-braking without going cold-turkey on the coaster brake they are comfortable with.
• Wheels with 36 spokes in a 3-cross lacing pattern for a strong & durable wheel. Then mount knobby BMX tires that bite in the dirt, but also feature a rounded profile that rolls smoothly on neighborhood streets & driveways.
• Every Laser 2.0 offers a kickstand for parking that pride & joy up securely, and a safety bell to announce that the Laser has arrived.
When you choose to bike or walk to work, you are making a healthy choice for both you and your bank account. Biking and walking between work and home is absolutely free and gives you time and fresh air to clear your head. The added exercise has proven to make people more productive and energized throughout their day. That’s a great bonus for you and the environment as you take another vehicle off the road. So, if you live within striking distance of work, try it! Way to Go can help you find the best bike paths and pedestrian-friendly routes in just minutes. Visit mywaytogo.org to find the best option for you. You’ll save more, exercise more and smile more.