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The Bicycle Library Invites Londoners to “Borrow” Bikes Inside a Converted Double Decker Bus
Posted By Yuka Yoneda On July 12, 2011 @ 8:48 am In Architecture,Gallery,Green Transportation,Innovation,Recycled Materials | No Comments
Most of us are no strangers to libraries where you can borrow books but what about libraries where you can borrow bikes? Well, that's exactly what The Bicycle Library is (yeah, they didn't get too creative with the name). No only does this London-based business promote green transportation, it's also situated in a converted double decker bus. Talk about giving re"cycling" a whole new meaning!
Inside the adapted bus, there is a “library “/gallery on the top floor with a showroom on the first level. Londoners who need expert advice on which bike  they should rent or buy can speak to an in-house “librarian” specializing in all things two-wheeled. There’s even an array of actual books pertaining to – what else? – bicycles, on hand for reference. The first floor also boasts a shop with clothing and biking accessories.
Just as you would in a regular library, you can browse thorough different bikes, take them out and even test them out on the track outside. There are seven types of bicycles to choose from: folding , MiniVelo, FGSS (Fix Gear Single Speed), Ladies Coaster, Mens Coaster, cargo and electric , so you’re sure to find one that’s right for you. And if you find, after renting it for a while, that you’ve met your perfect bike match, the Bike Library even has a borrow to buy program so that you can make it your own.
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URLs in this post:
 library: http://inhabitat.com/stunning-open-air-library-pops-up-in-east-germany/
 bike: http://inhabitat.com/minneapolis-repair-kiosks-help-you-service-your-bike-on-the-fly/
 folding: http://inhabitat.com/stridas-new-mas-special/
 electric: http://inhabitat.com/m55-unveils-beast-hybrid-electric-bike/
 + The Bicycle Library: http://215w11.com/bicyclelibrary/
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