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Denver Public Library branches now offer bicycle repair kits for checkout

Published May 31, 2019

DENVER (BRAIN) — Books are not the only resource you can borrow from the Denver Public Library. All branches now have bicycle repair kits available for on-site use.

The program that started last year at seven branches was popular enough to be offered at all 26 branches beginning in May. It was created by the Denver Community Active Living Coalition and funded through two grants totaling nearly $6,000 from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. 

The coalition approached the library about starting the program to give users who bike commute access to basic repair tools. With a library card, you can access a dual-value pump with gauge, allen wrench set, adjustable wrench, tire levers, tube patches and illustrated instructions on basic repairs and adjustments in English and Spanish. 

In the initial rollout last year, 52 repair kits were checked out, a library spokesperson said. The coalition conducted a survey in the seven branches about the program, and it received favorable reviews.

With the expansion of the program, the coalition is coordinating with local bike programs to publicize the existence of the repair kits, the spokesperson said. The expanded program also includes flexible funds for each branch to support an activity of their choice that includes information about the repair kits. Information about them will appear on the 2019 official bike map from the Denver Public Works.

To obtain a library card, you must be a Colorado resident and present a photo identification at any of the branches. 

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