Beginning Friday, May 3, Omaha Public Library (OPL) cardholders will be able to check out a Heartland B-cycle pass for up to five days. Each OPL branch will carry four passes and patrons will be able to check availability of the passes in the online catalog by simply entering “B-cycle” into the search bar or by calling any OPL branch.
Heartland B-cycle is the first large-scale municipal bike-sharing system in the Omaha metro area. Bike sharing makes it economical and convenient to use bikes for trips that are too far to walk, but too short to drive. Use a B-cycle to run an errand, grab lunch, travel from the bus stop to your office, or get some fresh air.
With great success in circulating entry passes to popular community organizations such as Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, Omaha Children’s Museum, Fontenelle Forest and Lauritzen Gardens, Heartland Bike Share Executive Director Ben Turner approached OPL with the idea of exploring a similar partnership.
"Public libraries are a tremendous resource that allow everyone to access the most important thing there is: information. We feel just as strongly that everyone should be able to enjoy a bike ride, so we felt a partnership was a natural fit," Turner said.
OPL cardholders must be ages 18+ and may only check out one pass per library card. Each pass will allow one person to check out one bicycle. Passes will be checked out on a first-come, first-serve basis, and cannot be held or renewed. Passes must be returned at the end of the five-day loan period. Anyone interested in obtaining an OPL card may find more information about how to get a card at omahalibrary.org/get-a-library-card or by visiting any OPL location. Library cards are free for residents of Douglas County.