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Bikes and equipment

Borrow bicycles and equipment at the library for free!

Bicycles are only available at the Main Library on Paint Street. What a great way to explore the downtown area and Yoctangee Park!

You must call 740-702-4145 or visit the Main Library for all bike reservations. Holds cannot be placed online for bikes.

If you need a helmet or a stroller/trailer when you place a reservation for a bike, please let our staff know.

Bikes may be returned to the Main Library, the Ross County YMCA, the Chillicothe Transit System, or the Ross County Health District.

Book-A-Bike is brought to you by a “Creating Healthy Communities” grant from the Ross County Health District.


Guidelines

  • Borrowers must have a current, valid library card to use equipment.
  • All adult riders must have a Lending Agreement on file.
  • Children ages 0 to 11 must have a parent or guardian present to borrow equipment.
  • Teens 12 to 18 may borrow equipment without an adult present, but must have a parent or guardian’s signed Consent Form on file.
  • Bikes and equipment may be borrowed for a maximum of two hours per day per patron.
  • All equipment must be returned at least 30 minutes before closing.
  • Bikes and equipment may not be borrowed overnight.
  • Same day holds are allowed, but not more than 3 hours in advance.
  • There are no fees or fines for Book-A-Bike.
  • Bikes and equipment not returned by the agreed upon time will be treated as theft.
  • Helmets are required.
  • Borrowers must report any damage or malfunctions to staff immediately.
  • When left unattended, equipment must be locked and secured.
  • Borrowers are responsible for stolen or lost equipment.
  • Borrowers must obey traffic laws and bike path rules and courtesies. Do not ride the
  • bike on the city sidewalk!
  • Borrowers are encouraged to have fun.

Book-A-Bike Brochure (PDF)

  

Book-A-Bike

Why Bike?

  • Cycling is an easy way to add exercise and activity to your day.
  • Cycling builds strength and muscle tone.
  • Cycling is a good way to build stamina.
  • Cycling gets your heart pumping at a steady rate, improving cardiovascular fitness.
  • Cycling eats up calories.
  • Cycling involves the whole body (armto-leg, feet-to-hands, body-to-eye), which improves coordination.
  • Regular exercise can reduce stress and depression and improve well being and self esteem.
  • Riding a bike or pushing a stroller gets you and your family outside!
  • Have fun!

Basic Safety

  • Ride on the right. On roadways, always ride with traffic. Bicycles may use the entire lane.
  • Leave plenty of room when passing parked cars to avoid opening doors.
  • Be predictable. Always ride in a straight line. Do not weave from side to side or suddenly move out into traffic.
  • Be alert and plan ahead to avoid obstacles.
  • Always check over your shoulder before changing your lane position.
  • Never weave between parked cars.
  • Obey traffic signs and signals.
  • Use hand signals. It can be as simple as pointing in the direction you plan to go.
  • Yield to pedestrians.
  • On the bike path, alert others of your approach by ringing a bell or horn or by announcing, “Passing on your left.”
  • Riding on sidewalks jeopardizes walkers; DO NOT ride on the city sidewalks.