What is Bike the Trail Library to Library?
Bike the Trail Library to Library utilizes one of our area’s most prominent assets—the Rock Island Trail. There are five participating libraries on the trail system—Toulon Public Library, Wyoming Public Library, Lillie M. Evans Library, Dunlap Public Library, and Peoria Heights Public Library—and we are cooperating to:
- Provide bike repair stations at or by all five of the participating libraries
- Educate Trail users about the resources our libraries have to offer
- Develop online resources for trail users
Four of the participating libraries are installing bike repair stations to assist trail users with minor bike repairs during their rides. As of 9/26/18 the repair stations and air pumps have been installed at the Toulon Public Library, the Lillie M. Evans Library in Princeville, and the Dunlap Public Library. The Wyoming repair station has been installed at the Rock Island Depot. Peoria Heights Public Library has their station on order. These repair stations were provided through our generous sponsors. Sponsors include: the Friends of the Rock Island Trail, Bike Peoria and Zeller Electric.
All of the participating libraries offer free wi-fi and several of us are the only free wi-fi location in the community. All are a safe place to recharge electronic devices. We all have clean indoor facilities with drinking fountains and are located within easy access to the Trail. Our buildings are heated and air-conditioned and we can accommodate many visitors. Each of the Trail libraries is open an average of 50 hours/week. In addition, all are members of the Resource Sharing Alliance which makes it easy for our users to search and to borrow materials from 138 libraries in central Illinois.
We have also developed this website at RITlibraries.org. The website provides information about the program and links/resources on biking and using the Rock Island Trail. In the future, we’d like to work on the development of a Rock Island Trail app for iOS and Android.