Join us on Saturday, May 17 for the 2nd annual Bike the Branches, a fun one-day bike ride where you can discover our borough in an exciting way and support Brooklyn Public Library at the same time!
Set your own pace and follow one of our suggested routes, curated by the Brooklyn Collection. Or, create one yourself and make an adventure out of exploring our network of 60 neighborhood libraries. Sign up to bike solo or cruise along with family or friends. Walkers and runners welcome, too!
Last year, more than 400 cyclists participated—this year’s event is shaping up to be even bigger:
- New routes featuring Brooklyn’s history, breweries, music and more
- Read-alouds by local authors
- Visits from elected officials
- Fun programs for people of all ages
Get your Branch Passport stamped at as many branches as you can visit between 10 am and 5 pm. Throughout the day, stop in at select branches to recharge and enjoy entertainment and fun activities, and top off the day at Central Library’s Finish Line Celebration from 5 – 7 pm.
First, second and third place prizes will go to adults and children that visit the most branches!
The first 100 people who sign up will be entered into a special drawing, and everyone who participates will help BPL open the doors to discovery at all our branches, providing vital services, programs and resources to every community in Brooklyn.
Space is limited. Register today!
||Children (17 and under)
||Seniors (65 and up)
||Family (up to 2 adults and 3 children)
||BKLYN Trailblazer (Special recognition and benefits)
||Team (up to 10 people)
Saturday, May 17
|10am - 5pm
|5pm - 7pm
||Finish Line Celebration
The Plaza at Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza
Live Music, Entertainment, Prizes and More!
Bike the Branches is part of our annual Support the Branches spring campaign. All proceeds from Support the Branches and Bike the Branches help fund Brooklyn Public Library’s work to bring vital services, resources and programs to every neighborhood in Brooklyn. With your dollars, our collections grow, computer equipment is upgraded and more community programs are developed and enjoyed by our diverse populations. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
View our suggested routes.
Citi Bike℠ 24-Hour Access Pass
All Bike the Branches participants ages 16+ are eligible to receive one free Citi Bike℠ 24-Hour Access Pass to be used on the day of the event – a great option for those who don't have their own bike or are interested in trying bike share. Please select the Citi Bike℠ 24-Hour Access Pass dropdown option when filling out your registration form and Citi Bike℠ will contact you directly the week before the event with instructions on how to activate the pass and use the system.
Using a 24-Hour Access Pass or already a Citi Bike℠ member? Ride the special Citi Bike℠ route and take advantage of a mobile docking station at Central Library on the day of the event.
Don't want to ride but still want to participate? You can volunteer on the day of the event, greeting visitors and stamping passports. Learn more.