Heads up bike riders: Your library card isn’t just for books

by | Jul 9, 2019 | Blog

We have reported previously on all the surprising benefits your Denver Public Library (DPL) card brings. In addition to letting you check out books, it allows you reserve free passes to local museums, check out a draft meter to help find leaks in your home, even borrow a GoPro camera.

And if that’s not enough, now bicyclers have a perk all their own: bicycle repair kits.

A recent press release notes that DPL, in conjunction with Community Active Living Coalition, “want to make it easier for you to strap on a helmet, bike to work or play, and help save the environment one pedal at a time.”

As a result, you can now present your library card at all 26 Denver libraries and check out a kit for up to two hours that can help in a cycling emergency. It contains:

  • One dual-valve pump with pressure gauge for inflating tires
  • One set of Allen and 15mm wrenches for minor adjustments
  • One adjustable wrench for minor adjustments
  • One set of tire levers to remove/replace a tire
  • Tube patches, sandpaper and glue for patching a hole in a tube
  • Illustrated instructions (English/Spanish) for fixing a flat tire

In short, there’s no reason not to hop on your bike and leave the car in the garage.

“Now, you have one less excuse to take your bike out for a spin—and several more reasons to hop on your two-wheeler,” states the press release. “Bike riding is good for your body and joints, but also for the environment.” And here’s the best reason of all: “Bikes are also up to 50% faster than cars during rush hour.”


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