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:
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
A Case for Cycling:
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
In the City of Bikes: The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist by Pete Jordan
Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne (yes...that David Byrne)
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!)
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!