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Free bike rides for Bike LNK users with a Bennett Library membership

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Free bike rides for Bike LNK users with a Bennett Library membership

A free 1-hour bike session is available to you with Bike LNK.

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)-  A partnership between Bike LNK and the Bennett Martin Library brings a free ride to you.

Working together, the two are offering a free riding session for those with a library membership.

“It just becomes a bike share member like everyone else,” said Jamie Granquist with Bike LNK. “You take the fob and you go to the Kiosk and check out a bike for unlimited hour long trips while you have the pass.”

Bike LNK has 21 different stations around Lincoln. In their 2.5 years in Lincoln they’ve seen over 90,000 riders.

If you have a Bennett Martin Library membership you can ask for a fob. They will take down some personal information and you will be able to use the fob to check out a bike.

The first rider to use the program was happy to try it out.

“I’ve been wanting to try the bikes, but I was thinking if I rent it and don’t get very far am I wasting my money. But this way it’s free,” said Janet Greser. “So this is going to be cool.”

Free is exactly right and it comes with a helmet. After every use the Health Department and CDC recommendations for cleaning are taken to ensure they are thoroughly cleaned.

This program was made possible by a Community Health Endowment grant.

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Release Courtesy of Lincoln Transportation and Utilities

LINCOLN, NE – BikeLNK is teaming up with Lincoln City Libraries to offer free access to bike share through the new Check Out A BikeLNK program. Starting today, library card holders can check out a BikeLNK pass and helmet at the Bennett Martin Public Library location. Library card holders can check out a BikeLNK pass for 7 days. When users check out a pass, they will receive a BikeLNK fob, helmet, and an instruction sheet to help get them riding. There is a BikeLNK station located conveniently across the street from the Bennett Martin Public Library branch for easy access to the bike share system. Riders can renew passes once per check out. All library pass materials will be disinfected after each check out to ensure the health and safety of program users.

BikeLNK and Lincoln City Libraries continue to follow COVID-19 safety protocols issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department regarding sanitizing and disinfecting contact surfaces.

This partnership was made possible by a grant from the Community Health Endowment of Lincoln with the goal of making healthy activity and active transportation more accessible for the Lincoln Community. Check Out a BikeLNK riders can find station locations listed at station kiosks or on our website at www.BikeLNK.com. The BikeLNK fob gives access to both classic and electric pedal-assist bikes. If they choose to use an e-bike, the user needs to turn on the bike with a button located on the left-side of the handlebars to get the assist. Once a rider starts pedaling, the electric-assist will match the rider’s power to make biking a breeze.

“We at Lincoln City Libraries, and especially Bennett Martin Public Library, are delighted to be part of this project. It supports great health in the community and encourages use of two terrific downtown resources–BikeLNK and Bennett Martin Library. It’s a winner all around,” said Pat Leach, Lincoln City Libraries director.

BikeLNK is proud to provide Lincoln with active transportation and healthy activity. They have increased their cleaning protocols in response to COVID-19 and have been reminding riders to follow social distancing guidelines when riding. Find more information about BikeLNK at www.bikelnk.com and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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