Instead of borrowing books, a new program in partnership with the Newmarket Public Library allows residents to check out a bike for two weeks.
Newmarket Cycles is a recently launched community cycling hub running out of a storage container at NewMakeIt on Timothy Street. A couple of weeks ago, it launched its bike-lending library.
Using a Newmarket Public Library card, borrowers can come on a designated day and sign out a bike and a helmet. Each item has a designated number and the loan is tracked through the user’s card, which must be a full-access library card.
There is currently a fleet of 14 bikes available for borrowing, including some e-bikes, an adult tricycle, two youth-size bikes, and a smaller, adult-size bike. They can be borrowed for a two-week period.
“As long as the bikes are out there getting kilometers instead of dust, then we’re happy,” said Mathew Varela, Program Coordinator with Newmarket Cycles.