Riding, reading through Brooklyn: Cyclists can hit up all 60 of the borough’s branches

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In a borough where bikes and books are ubiquitous, the Brooklyn Public Library’s daylong bike tour through the Kings County’s 60 branches is a match made in heaven.

Cyclists partaking in the first-ever “Bike the Branches” are welcome to hit up as many branches as they can from Coney Island to Greenpoint, in the self-guided ride to raise money for the libraries that officials claim are in need of $230 million in repairs.

“By visiting the dozens of neighborhoods we serve across the borough, participants in Bike the Branches can help us provide the program our patrons need, like story times for toddlers, resume writing workshops, and WiFi access for jobseekers,” said president and CEO of the Brooklyn Public Library Linda E. Johnson.

The library has curated suggested routes for two-wheelers that highlight the borough’s waterfront, library architecture, culinary delights, and even literary history for those who want to stick to a specific path.

Library officials will dole out “passports” to two-wheelers so they can get them stamped at whichever branches they choose to visit that day between 10 am to 5 pm, with Select libraries offering special family-friendly activities and programming.

The day will end at the finish line at the Central library at Grand Army Plaza where there will be a celebratory party from 5 to 7 pm featuring music, entertainment and prizes.

The Coney Island branch and Gerristen Beach branch are still closed due to damages from Hurricane Sandy.

“Bike the Branches” finishing at the Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch [10 Grand Army Plaza in Prospect Heights, (718) 230–2100,]. May 11, 10 am–5 pm, adults $20, students $15, children under 17 $10, family group price $40, team up to 10 $150.

Reach reporter Natalie Musumeci at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her at
Updated 10:10 pm, July 9, 2018
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Gary from Park Slope says:
THIS is the BPL's attempt at fundraising??? Why, in the several years since Johnson announced at her hiring that she was going to sell some properties, hasn't she been after Markowitz to fork over some bucks? The Queens DP gave major money every year, and Markowitz gave ZIP!

So now they want to sell off libraries, claim they need the money, and are doing worthless PR that will make as much as a PTA bake sale! Stop posturing and do meaningful fundraising that doesn't involve selling off what you're being paid very good money to protect!
May 6, 2013, 11:09 am
JAY from NYC says:
good, aspart of this maybe bikers will learn how to read, that way they can stop blowing through stop signs, yield signs, and one way street signs and stay off the sidewalks.
May 6, 2013, 5:12 pm
Mike from Maspeth says:
Yeah! and maybe they can have a walk-for-the-branches and teach pedestrians to cross only at cross walks, with the light, and stay on the sidewalks at all other times!

Like that will ever happen...
May 7, 2013, 10:15 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
If they are going to teach cyclists and pedestrians to follow the rules, I am all for it.
May 7, 2013, 6:13 pm
Marsha Rimler from Brooklyn says:
This is a sorry attempt at fundraising by the BPL which has failed to do anything successful in this area.
The administration of the BPL is now selling off our library to the real estate industry after they failed to do their job. They need to protect our branches and not follow Manhattan which has destroyed the famed Donnell and turned it into a Disney like Starbucks. If the leaders of the library do not get this they will have to go.
May 11, 2013, 5:41 am

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