Library Named 'Bicycle-Friendly Business' by BikeDenver.org

Library Named 'Bicycle-Friendly Business' by BikeDenver.org
DPL Librarian Zac Laugheed and DPL Connect - our new mobile book bike Used Courtesy of mikipedia via Flickr; Creative Commons licensed DPL Bike commuters - photo by Ed LaCasse

Enter the secured employee bike room parking at the Central Library, and you'll understand how much bike commuting is part of the Library's culture. You'll find it packed with commuter bikes every day of the year.

Whether we're mopping our sweaty brows in the heat of the summer, or bundling up for our dark, cold winter rides, Denver Public Library employees LOVE being in the saddle.

And because so many of our customers feel the same way, we offer a rich collection of bike touring, commuting, safety, repair, and advocacy materials. Couple that with bike maintenance and safety programs for customers and staff and promotion of Bike to Work Month/Day through engaging blogs and displays - well, it's a recipe for bike friendliness!

This was not lost on the folks at BikeDenver.org. The Library was selected as the organization's 'Bicycle-Friendly Business' of the month. I'm sure that DPL CONNECT, our new pedal-powered book bike, ultimately won the hearts and minds of the judges. Follow the Library on Twitter or like us on Facebook to find out where DPL CONNECT is headed next!

In the meantime, check out the great collection of books the Library has to motivate, educate, and inspire you and your co-workers to ride. Maybe with your own advocacy efforts, you can get your organization a Bicycle-Friendly designation, too!

Tips for Getting Started:

Just Ride: A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike: Equipment, Health, Safety, Attitude by Grant Petersen

Urban Bikers' Tricks & Tips: Low-Tech & No-Tech Ways to Find, Ride & Keep a Bicycle by Dave Glowacz

Bicycling Magazine's 1,100 Best All-Time Tips: Top Riders Share Their Secrets to Maximize Performance, Safety, and Fun  by Jason Sumner

The Practical Cyclist: Bicycling for Real People by Chip Haynes

Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance by Lennard Zinn (2013 edition)

Zinn & the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance by Lennard Zinn

The Big Book of Bicycling: Everything You Need to Know, From Buying Your First Bike to Riding Your Best by Emily Furia

A Case for Cycling:

Cyclist's Manifesto: The Case for Riding on Two Wheels Instead of Four by Robert Hurst

It's All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels by Robert Penn

Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists Are Changing American Cities by Jeff Mapes

Bike Snob: Systematically and Mercilessly Realigning the World of Cycling by Eben Weiss

Bike Snob Abroad: Strange Customs, Incredible Fiets, and the Quest for Cycling Paradise by Eben Weiss

Biking at Home and Around the World:

Great Road Rides Denver by Jay P. K. Kenney

Road Biking Colorado: The Statewide Guide by Michael Seeberg

Fifty Places to Bike Before You Die: Biking Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations by Chris Santella

In the City of Bikes: The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist by Pete Jordan

Into Thick Air: Biking to the Bellybutton of Six Continents by Jim Malusa

Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne (yes...that David Byrne)

Comments

Thanks, Leigh Ann. Having a secured bike room for employees makes me feel like a rock star every morning. I would love to see more Denver employers provide employees with this great perk!

Fabulous blog, Robin--thanks for spreading the word about how fun, easy & healthy bicycling is; plus, the books listed are among my favs--keep ridin' DPLers (and indeed, best of all staff can park their bikes right by the staff door--in a room safe, warm & dry!)

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