Starting Read and Ride program in the library is as simple as installing a bike desk or desk pedaller.
Many libraries across the world have implemented a Read & Ride for children and adults. These programs have shown great success and libraries that started with one or two bikes now have 10, 20 or more.
How to Start a Read and Ride Program
Starting a Read and Ride program in the library (or classroom) requires only a few simple steps. You will need desk bikes or under desk bikes. These have to be suitable for the library. Using cheap bikes will end up a disappointment because they will be noisey and when it comes time for maintenance – parts may be hard to come by.
The appropriate desk bikes are affordable, very quiet, and easy to maintain.
You will need to find some space to put the bike desks. Most bike desks don’t take up much space. Be sure there is space for the bikes as well as mounting and unmounting.
Read and Ride for Adults and Children
Many libraries with the Read and Ride programs have bikes for both adults and children. The childrens reading area is where the kids bikes are kept so they can stay with their friends as they ride.
Because it is fun and productive to pedal and read it may become necessary to set a time limit for the use of the bikes. You can have a signup sheet at the front desk or a chart on the wall by the desk bikes.
Read and Ride in the Library
Most libraries have different types of reading areas. Seating can be in chairs away from desks or long desks with moveable chairs. Sometimes there are standing desks or high counters to stand or lean on. Regardless of the type of seating there is a pedaller made for each.
Some schools and libraries have dedicated rooms with only desk bikes and under desk pedallers. When someone wants to pedal and read they go in there. If you have a quality library desk bike you can have 30 people pedalling all at the same time without any noise.
Exercise Learning Programs
Recent studies have shown that exercise based learning programs like the Read & Ride library programs have resulted in reduced BMI’s and improved test scores.
When exercise based learning programs first started they had to make do with the types of stationary bikes available. This meant noisey and not exactly suited for studying.
Today we have bikes made especially for kids and adults with comfortable seats and desks.
MOST IMPORTANTLY – they are quiet to operate.
Today bikes aren’t just for the road or the gym. By adding desk bikes to your library people will have the choice of sitting quietly in a chair or pedalling quietly on a desk bike.
There will be no shortage of people wanting to use the deskbikes in the library. To add more fun to the activity of pedalling and reading you can have reading and fitness challenges. For example; post a sheet at the main desk with challenges of number of miles pedalled or number of pages read. For people with reading difficulties it can be adjusted to time spent reading while riding.
You can have easily have ongoing fun read & ride challenges for days, weeks, and months.