Jun 12, 2019
Widespread, Free Use to Help Reduce Barriers to Bike Riding
DENVER - Community Active Living Coalition (CALC), a program of the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) and Denver Public Libraries (DPL) want to make it easier for you to strap on a helmet, bike to work or play, and help save the environment one pedal at a time.
DDPHE, along with DPL, have teamed up to provide bicycle repair kits at all 26 libraries. And it won’t cost you a penny to fix a flat or reattach a slipped chain. All you need is a library card to check out the repair tools for up to two hours. If you don’t have a library card. No sweat. Staff can get you signed up instantly.
Each kit contains basic tools to repair tires or adjust your ride:
Now, you have one less excuse to take your bike out for a spin—and several more reasons to hop on your two-wheeler. Bike riding is good for your body and joints, but also for the environment. It reduces traffic. Cars produce 0.97 pounds of pollution a mile each year, while bikes produce none. Bikes are also up to 50% faster than cars during rush hour.
“There’s no question, biking can help make you healthier. It strengthens your muscles, improves heart health, lowers cholesterol, prevents disease and lowers body fat percentage. All of this, can save your wallet from getting flattened by healthcare costs. Just 30 minutes of riding a day can save you thousands of dollars a year on doctor visits and medication.”
- Bob McDonald, DDPHE Executive Director
Biking also makes you more productive. Less time in traffic means more time to get other things done.
And riding a bike helps keep land free for nature. Twenty bikes can fit in the space of one car. Imagine, if more people rode bikes, we’d have to clear less land for parking lots.
The kits are provided by CALC, which is a diverse group of community members who care about health and safety through physical activity. The group believes all Denver residents, including kids, older adults, people with disabilities and the disadvantaged, should have equal access to safe, vibrant places to walk, bike, ride transit and play.