Bookish bikers and bikish bookers teamed up for the Brooklyn Public Library’s “Bike the Branches” event on May 9, riding to libraries in neighborhoods near and far across the borough in an attempt to see who could hit the most checkpoints, or just have a nice ride.
“Me and my buddy got 18, but I think the winner got 40,” said Casey Stockton, who came all the way from Manhattan to join his pal for the ride. “We were just kinda cruising around.”
Riders taking part in the third annual event received a bib and a map, and armed with some suggested routes, set off to explore Brooklyn library by library, which a spokesman said before the ride was expected to draw more than 1,000 bookworms. Funds from the ride will go toward free community outreach programs at Brooklyn Libraries.