City of Mesa News Article
Bike Locks Now Available at Mesa Libraries
By: Kimberly Nelson
01/6/14 3:31 PM

January 6, 2014
Transportation Department
Contact: Kimberly Nelson
Office: 480-644-6553; Cell: 605-661-8350
Bike Locks Now Available at Mesa Libraries
Mesa, AZ – Library users in Mesa can now take advantage of a new bicycle lock check-out program available at all four City of Mesa library locations.
The Mesa Transportation Department worked with Master Lock in obtaining 25 donated steel U-lock bike locks for the new program.  The locks are available at the service desk of each library and can be checked out with a Mesa library card or a photo ID.  Patrons may use the locks while they are at the library, but must return them to the service desk when leaving.  All four Mesa library branches are participating in the program, including: Main Library, 64 E. First Street; Dobson Library, 2425 N. Dobson Road; Red Mountain Library, 635 N. Power Road; and Mesa Express Library at Power Square Mall, 2055 S. Power Road, Suite 1031.
The need for the lock check-out program was identified by library staff who witnessed patrons leaving their bikes unlocked at the bike racks outside the library. Other library users at times attempted to bring their bikes into the library – which isn’t allowed for safety reasons – because they didn’t have a bicycle lock with them. The new lock check-out program will help secure bikes and allow patrons peace of mind as they use the library.
The new bike lock check-out program is just one of several bicycling initiatives geared toward making Mesa a bicycling-friendly community. In 2013, the Mesa Transportation Department was awarded three federal grants for off-street paths; started work on designing four off-street bicycle trails; and completed the final segment of the 17.5-mile Consolidated Canal Shared Use Pathway extending through Mesa, Gilbert and Chandler.  The Department also held several safety education events for adults and children and is currently making preparations for CycloMesa on April 4 and 5 (formerly known as the Great Arizona Bicycle Festival.)
For more information about the new lock check-out program, please call 480-644-3100.

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