Santa Barbara Public Library (SBPL) is partnering with Santa Barbara BCycle to expand access to their e-bike share program to the Santa Barbara community.

With the addition of BCycle to SBPL’s Library of Things collection, BCycle and presenting sponsor Bosch are hoping to introduce more residents to the benefits of the electric bikes available in the community. Electric bikes are a convenient, safe and sustainable form transportation.

Beginning May 26, library cardholders can check out a BCycle pass from the Central Library. The available BCycle passes can be borrowed for one week, and patrons can have unlimited one-hour rides for the duration of the checkout period.

Additional passes will be available from Eastside Library and the Library on the Go van later this summer.

Santa Barbara Public Library and BCycle will host a kick-off event for the program for residents to learn more and ride e-bikes for free, 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at East Beach next to Reunion Kitchen.

Stop by the Library on the Go to get a library card, check out books, and take a BCycle e-bike for a test ride. Representatives from BCycle, Santa Barbara Public Library, and Bosch will be on had to talk about the impact they hope the bike share’s new access initiative will have on the community.

The BCycle Library Pass Program is made possible with support from Bosch. Bosch e-bike systems power Santa Barbara BCycle’s growing fleet of 250 pedal-assist electric bikes, and now are powering bike share access for more riders in the Santa Barbara community.

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