Library 2 Library Bicycle Loop Tour

Library 2 Library participants bicycling to Mountain View Public Library

UPDATE: Check out photos from the 2016 L2L Tour

Join the libraries in your community for the free Library 2 Library Bicycle Loop Tour on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at 8:45 AM.

The following libraries have teamed up to present this community event:

Register

Sign up for this free ride at L2LBikeTour2016.eventbrite.com.

Ride Details

The tour date is Saturday, October 15, 2016, starting at 8:45 AM, at the San Jose Public Library West Valley Branch.

The 25-mile route will start and finish at the West Valley Branch Library.

Check out the route on MapMyRide

Tentative Schedule

  • West Valley Branch Library: Meet 8:45 AM, Wheels hit the road at 9:30 AM
  • Santa Clara City Library: Arrive 10:20 AM; Depart 10:40 AM
  • Sunnyvale Public Library: Arrive 11:35 AM; Depart 11:55 AM
  • Mountain View Public Library: Arrive 12:30 PM; Depart 12:50 PM
  • West Valley Branch Library: Arrive 3:00 PM; End of ride

Library stops will include library tours, snacks, and activities.

Stuff to Bring

Please bring your own following items for a more comfortable and safer ride:

  • Reusable water bottle
  • Lunch
  • Bike helmet
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Layers and/or weather-appropriate clothing

Please Note: The Tour will not be held in the event of inclement weather.

Why Bicycle Library Tours?

The Library 2 Library Bicycle Loop Tour is a fun tour for library lovers and bicycle enthusiasts. With the growing momentum of bicycle awareness, advocacy, and infrastructure in the Silicon Valley area, libraries are pursuing innovative bicycle-related services and programming. Hosting library bicycle tours increases the visibility of our libraries and gets librarians out into the community.

Library bicycle tours appeal to a broad demographic including young adults, adults, and families. They bring people of all ages together and highlight the importance and significance of the library’s role in the community and in bringing people together. Additionally, library bicycle tours get people of all ages out of cars and moving, showing that bicycling is a viable form of transportation to the library and everyday use.

Comments

I am looking towards the day to riding this years Library 2 Library ride. The previous Library 2 Library was packed with a variety of activities at every library system. We were all well looked after during the ride and each stop there were library art tours, live music and activities for everyone. Ride leader Michele was awesome! Glad she is once again leading us on another fun packed day.

Kathryn, thank you for your kind words about previous library tours. We are honored to have you join us for this year's Library 2 Library Tour. We'll meet up with library friends from around the South Bay and we are looking forward to seeing what fun things are in store for the ride. Santa Clara City Library will be unveiling their new Bike Fixit Station (http://santaclaraca.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/45235/67). With a nod to Public Information Officer, Peter Golkin, in Arlington, VA, get ready for the "perfect" day. In Peter's words, "My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: riding a bike to the library"

Always have someone stationed outside to watch the bikes.Recently someones bike was stole while the library was open and locked on the bike rack.if i was a parent i wouldnt want my kids to bring their bike there.can't tell you how impressed I am--really I cant.Library has no security caera, either.

Ugghh! Stolen bicycles are upsetting to learn about. I am sorry to hear about the recent incident at the Pearl Avenue Library. Unfortunately bicycle theft is a reality in San Jose and throughout the Bay Area. The number one defense to preventing bicycle theft is properly locking one’s bicycle. From the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition website: “…always use a hardened steel U-lock as the primary lock. Cable locks and cheap U-locks can easily be cut.…” Although no one method may be considered 100% foolproof, I encourage all cyclists to learn how to properly lock a bicycle. If one’s bicycle is stolen, there are online resources to help recover the bicycle. While recovery is rare, some bicycles are returned to the victims. Check out the San Jose Police Department’s page on bicycle theft (http://www.sjpd.org/ReportingCrime/Bicycle_Theft.html ). One may set alerts on Craigslist and eBay for stolen bicycles. There are local and national stolen bicycle indexes. There are also Google groups, Twitter feeds and Facebook accounts for stolen bicycles.

not sure if I would want my kid parking a bike there.Maybe a cheap one they want to donate anyway.Today this creepy skinny guy who used to panhandle at Safeway was,for some inexplicable reason,encouraging this spoiled brat in a princess costume to runa nd scream atmthe top of her lungs.Yeah,great atmosphere for studying. Then same guy goes up to the desk and says it's not his fault brat was screaming.Of course, no parent was in sight.Whatever.

I try to avoid bringing my bike to Pearl Avenue Library now because there's this tall, redhaired white guy who always sits right where the bike rack is and smokes.it grosses me out.If I bring a bike at all i use the pipe for attaching it to.Some of these people think it's acceptable to smooke where they want,never mind there's kids and people who might have COPD who go to the library or who are allergic.

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Hi. It was mentioned that inclement weather may affect the ride. Is it still on? Thanks!

It is autumn...and it is a great time of year to get excited for cycling! It also marks the return of rain to the area. It looks like we’ll have two storms moving through the Bay Area starting Thursday evening, October 13. The second storm is scheduled to arrive Saturday evening, October 15. My best hope is that Saturday morning and afternoon will be dry for the Tour. However, if it should rain on Saturday, the ride will continue as long as it is not too cold (below 55 degrees) and the rain is not too heavy.

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