Spring weather is finally here, and some Pratt staff are out biking to work at the library as well as farmer’s markets, parks, and Baltimore city streets. Whether you’re thinking about biking for transportation, fitness, or adventure, we have some biking resources to share. There are so many biking opportunities around Baltimore, and so much to borrow from the Pratt collection for free with your library card.
May is Bike Month – Join Us and Check out Local Links
Bike to Work Day is rescheduled for June 1, 2018, with free registration through May 30. Some Pratt staff members will be stopping at Baltimore City pit stops for our annual free T-shirt, coffee and snacks on our way to work at the library
Our Roland Park Branch at 5108 Roland Ave, Baltimore, MD 21210 is one of the pit stops, where Joe’s Bike Shop will be on-site, with raffles, free coffee and donuts, and a mechanic for bicycle tune-ups
Wednesday, May 9 is Baltimore’s Bike to School Day
For youth and families, check out the BYKE Collective, Baltimore Bike Experience, and Baltimore Family Bike Party rides, plus tips for family biking.
Velocipede Bike Project provides access to second hand bicycles and hands-on education, and Bikemore works to improve Baltimore’s bike infrastructure and advocacy, providing tips for biking in Baltimore
Bike Maryland serves the whole state with advocacy and rides, and links to bike routes and trail maps
Social group rides are offered by all of the organizations listed above, as well as the well established Baltimore Bicycling Club and casual groups like Fun on Bikes
You can borrow a bike (electric-assist, even!) with Baltimore Bike Share, or rent or buy one a local bike shop. Some staff favorites include Baltimore Bicycle Works, Race Pace, Joe’s, and Baynesville for used or vintage bikes
Borrow or Browse Bike Books & Media
Search the Pratt catalog to find books, ebooks, movies and more on bicycling or cycling, bike repair, or biking books for kids. Click or tap an item below to borrow it now, have it sent to your local library to pickup, or even stream some online on your computer or mobile device.
Getting started and keeping your bike in shape
Bike commuting and riding in the city
For kids and families
Hope to see you biking to a Pratt Library location soon–don’t forget that you can have any of the books or DVDs above sent to your nearest local library branch for pickup.
Have you used any good bike resources from us? If so, let us know on social media and tag it #atthepratt.