NEWKIRK — Now that summer is just around the corner, the Newkirk Public Library (NPL) is excited to announce the return of the Newkirk Bike Share, the “ride-and-return” bike service located at NPL.
Equipped with locking mechanisms and helmets, the bicycles are housed at 116 N. Maple and are available for checkout at no cost to any patron with a current library card.
The initiative is part of a growing trend where libraries are getting involved in bike share programs, but Newkirk is the first in Oklahoma to introduce it. The sturdy, single-speed cruiser bicycles were donated by Arkansas City Spoke N Things as part of the Newkirk Pathway Project.
The bikes will encourage citizens to enjoy the low-traffic roads and experience the charm and beauty of Newkirk. Users must be 12 years of age or older, and users under age 18 must have a parent complete the registration form.
The bikes are available for checkout when the library opens and must be returned before closing. The only cost is if a bike, helmet or lock is lost or stolen, in which case whomever checked it out will be responsible.
The Newkirk Public Library is open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Thursday, Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday 1 – 4 p.m. Anyone who liked to tinker with bicycles, please call the NPL at (580) 362-3934 to be on the volunteer team to do periodic maintenance on the bicycles.