Success Story: South Bay Library to Library Tour

An interview with Ernesto Lizaola of the Silicon Valley Bicycle coalition.
Tell us about the Library to Library Tour.

On October 18, 2014, the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) partnered with several libraries throughout the South Bay to host a group bike ride to visit each library. Starting in San Jose, the group rode to the Rose Garden Library, Santa Clara Library, Sunnyvale Library, and ended at the Mountain View Library (13 miles total). Participants then took shuttles or transit back home. At each location, more riders joined the group, so I gave a brief safety talk prior to departing for the next library. Over 60 riders joined us on the ride.

What was the inspiration for this event?

The event came to fruition when some of the libraries approached SVBC hoping to highlight each of the libraries and showcase their offerings.

What were some of the activities each library had for participants?

Each library started off with a tour followed by various activities or arts and crafts for kids, such as bike decorating and face painting. We stayed at each location for about 30 minutes. The Sunnyvale Library greeted participants with a live band and the Mountain View Library offered a free bike maintenance station for minor repairs and safety checks.

Why are events like this important to highlight?

This event not only showcases each library and familiarizes participants with their communities, but it also demonstrates that libraries are community resources and go way beyond just books.