New Victoria Lending Library offers youngsters bikes, not books – Victoria Information

A Victoria-based nonprofit is hoping to make biking extra accessible for teenagers with its new Bike Lending Library.

Like a daily library, Capital Bike’s setup permits households to placed on maintain and take out bikes. If, after their one-month mortgage interval, there is no such thing as a new grip on the bike, households can renew the mortgage and transfer their kids.

Bike training coordinator James Coates stated the thought was given to him by a girl from Quadra village who was informally lending a motorcycle from her residence. It was an ideal match for Capital Bikes, which already runs applications to convey extra households and youngsters into the biking neighborhood.

Coates stated it’s unbelievable how shortly kids can purchase expertise when given the chance.

“Youngsters can go from using a motorcycle like by no means earlier than, to getting on a stability bike, to using a daily bike in 90 minutes,” he stated. However, shopping for bikes price a number of hundred {dollars} might be cost-prohibitive for a lot of households as the youngsters grow old, Coates stated. The Lending Library is free by donation for Capital Bike members and for all others.

Heather Chappelle was the primary to make use of the library on Tuesday (March 8) to choose up a pedal bike for her four-year-old daughter, Zoey.

“She was so excited,” Chappell stated. Taking to the streets on Wednesday, Chappell stated Zoey wasn’t fairly able to go away on her personal, however she was undoubtedly pedaling. “It impressed her confidence, which we wanted.”

Based on Coates, that is simply one of many advantages of using a motorcycle. He stated it’s reasonably priced and eco-friendly transportation, good train, a psychological well being booster and a approach to construct neighborhood.

“I feel it is quite a lot of various things for various individuals, and COVID and local weather change have made all these issues all of the extra obvious.”

Capital Bikes is seeing much more curiosity in biking as the worth of gasoline spikes, he stated. For now, Lending Library solely has seven bikes for teenagers ages two to 4, however it plans to broaden its providing to youngsters of all ages as Capital Bikes will get extra space for storing.

Anybody enthusiastic about lending a motorcycle or donating to a library can discover extra data at

Capital Bikes has seven stability bikes out there in its lending library as of now, however plans to broaden its assortment quickly. (Jane Skrypneck/Information Employees)

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