What is a bike library, you ask?
It is a bike share program, where visitors, residents, local employees and students can “check-out” a bike for a limited time for local use. The program runs from April through October and provides adult and children’s bikes through a check-out system located in the Visitor Center. Snag a bike for local trips, employment meetings and recreation, or to link to public transportation.
The Golden Bike Library is open Thursday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This unique service is funded through a Colorado Department of Transportation Grant.
Recently voted Best Bike Share in Denver Westword‘s Best of Denver 2017!
Where and How?
The Golden Bike Library is centrally located at the Golden Visitors Center at 1010 Washington Avenue. Users can check-out bikes Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A key-drop box at the Visitors Center allows users to return the bikes after hours. Riders will be required to sign a waiver and those under 18 must have a parent signature. A valid ID and credit card are also required for rentals. Rides under two hours are free, while daily rentals are only $10. Pricing and hours are subject to change at any time.
Each bike comes equipped with a lock and helmet. Riders also receive a Golden Ticket and reusable water bottle with each bike rental. Passes for the Golden Circulator Bus are also available if you plan to access public transportation.
Reservations are not required but are available, and please note there are a limited number of bikes in any preferred style and size. The library has a total of 40 bikes. Golden information, maps and self-guided tours are also available to plan biking adventures if new to Golden.
What kind of bikes are available?
The Golden Bike Library currently features Jamis Bikes’ adult Explorer2 and youth Laser20.
The Explorer is one of Jamis’ best-selling bikes. Originally designed as a mountain bike, the Explorer has since evolved into a very practical and comfortable sport comfort bike. The newest generation Explorer is all about getting the most fun out of the ride, in STYLE, with performance and comfort features that make getting around so effortless it hardly feels like exercise.
The Laser20 is the perfect bike for youth to explore Golden.
• Lightweight & durable aluminum Laser frame.
• Two types of brakes: a standard rear coaster brake, which most youngsters are familiar with, and a rear V-brake which many are not. Having the rear coaster brake as a back-up, allows youngsters to get used to hand-braking without going cold-turkey on the coaster brake they are comfortable with.
• Wheels with 36 spokes in a 3-cross lacing pattern for a strong & durable wheel. Then mount knobby BMX tires that bite in the dirt, but also feature a rounded profile that rolls smoothly on neighborhood streets & driveways.
• Every Laser 2.0 offers a kickstand for parking that pride & joy up securely, and a safety bell to announce that the Laser has arrived.
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