More than 20 public libraries across the U.S. have introduced special bike-sharing programmes, in which members take out bicycles from the library for free before returning them at the end of the day. The initiative is part of a trend where renting a bike to get around town is just as easy as borrowing a book.
Most of the bike programmes tied to libraries operate in the same basic way: The bikes can be picked up from the libraries, provided the renter has a valid ID and a library card. Many of the systems only provide bikes to adults aged 18 and up, but some provide them to children if they have parental consent. Some also give riders helmets and locks, though other systems recommend riders bring their own.