BikeKDL refers to our commitment to cycling as recreation and transportation. Our bike-related services include our KDL Cruisers free bicycle rentals, our Bicycle Friendly Business℠ designation and our bicycle-oriented programming.
Eight of our branches (Comstock Park, East Grand Rapids, Grandville, Kentwood, Krause Memorial in Rockford, Nelson Township/Sand Lake, Walker and Wyoming) plus our Service and Meeting Center will have Breezer Uptown EX 8-speed bicycles available for checkout. Each KDL Cruiser comes with a basket, a bike lock and key. Depending on availability, patrons will be able to choose from two styles of bikes: those with a horizontal crossbar and those with a more diagonal, step-through crossbar.
The KDL Cruisers will be available from roughly May 1 to Oct. 31.
KDL Cruisers can be checked out to anyone age 18 or older with a KDL card in good standing. Adults will be allowed to sign waivers for children as long as the adult accompanies the children on the ride. Participants must sign a borrower's agreement and waiver. Bikes check out for up to two days and must be returned before the library's closing time. Although Michigan law doesn't require bicyclists to wear a helmet, the library strongly recommends customers bring their own.
To find out how many bikes are available at each branch, check our catalog for availability.
A Bicycle-Friendly Business℠
In 2016, the League of American Bicyclists recognized our Service and Meeting Center with a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Business℠ award, joining 1,265 local businesses, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies in 49 states and Washington, D.C., with the same designation.
The KDL Service and Meeting Center, right off of the White Pine Trail in Comstock Park, is the first KDL location to be recognized for a commitment to promote a bicycle-friendly environment for employees, guests and the community. The building is easily accessible by bike, provides secure bike parking and end-of-trip facilities, provides access to shared bicycles and has dedicated staff committed to bike-friendly improvements and promoting positive internal culture and community education.
- 11 a.m. Saturday, May 6, at the Kentwood Branch
- 1 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at the Grandville Branch
- 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, at the Wyoming Branch
- 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake Branch
- 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at the Krause Memorial Branch (Rockford)
- 10 a.m. Saturday, June 24, at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake Branch
- 10 a.m. Saturday, July 22, at the Alto Branch
Brought to you by the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition with space offered by KDL. These programs take place on the Saturday dates below from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the KDL Service and Meeting Center.
There is a $12 fee for materials. Sign up on Eventbrite.
- May 20
- June 24
- July 15
- Aug. 19
- Sept. 16