It was surprising to enter the bike library. Much more spacious that I had thought and lo and behold! it looked like a bike repair shop. Repair stands scattered about, wrenches and assorted bike tools hanging from hooks above work benches. And of course dozens of bikes ready to be rented.
Nathan, a university student, runs the library. You could call him the librarian. No bow tie on this guy. A natty tweed cap covers his dark curls. Wearing pedals pushers, he looks like a modern, educated, bike rider. The rest of his clothing is hidden beneath a grimy apron and his hands are stained with grease. Your basic bike mechanic turned librarian.
|The librarian himself
The bikes themselves have been donated and all of them are sprayed a forest green colour and are available only to students, staff and visiting dignitaries. Each bike comes with a bell, two lights and a U-lock. Nathan throws in a bicycle map of the city as well. A very good deal at ten dollars a week! Renters use their university "One Card" which means that you don't even need a separate library card to get mobile at our institution of higher learning.