Kids Bike Library


The Kids Bike Library is:

A. A service offered by kids who deliver your library books by bike

B. A library that exclusively offers kids books about bicycles

C. None of the above

The correct answer would be C, none of the above, although both A and B sound amazing. The Kids Bike Library is a program run by the AMS Bike Co-op and Bike Kitchen to ensure kids are riding safe bikes that fit them and have the tires pumped up and the chains oiled. Kids can swap their bike for a better fitting one or simply borrow a bike for an extended period of time. There are no late fees or due dates, simply come back when the bike is too small and swap it for a larger size.  On Wednesdays at the Bike Kitchen (1896 East Mall at UBC) people can come by anytime between 10:00am and 6:00pm to swap a bike out and between 4:00pm and 6:00pm we offer free tuneups for kids bikes.

The main goal of the program is to give kids bikes that fit and are safe to promote active, sustainable transportation. All the bikes are donations that have been refurbished by volunteers. Kids bikes are often abandoned when the kids grow out of them and this program allows them to be used a second, third, fourth time for different kids instead of ending up in a landfill. No one wants to invest in a bike that will not fit their kid in a year and this program works to eliminate that problem by giving every kid the chance to use a bike that fits.

The library operates based on height (and bike size) rather than age. There are no bikes with wheels bigger than 20 inches and the chart above gives an estimation of the ages of children based on the size of bike. People are encouraged to bring a bike to swap, but bikes will also be given out by donation. There are a limited number of bikes available at any given time, however there is a waitlist that kids can get on and as soon as a bike that fits is available the family will be contacted.

The Kids Bike Library is completely free once you are a member of the AMS Bike Co-op. Co-op Memberships are 15$ for students and 20$ for UBC staff, faculty & community members. Alternatively, memberships are offered in exchange for 6 hours of volunteering at the Bike Kitchen either at P&Y Night on Tuesdays from 6:00pm to 9:00pm or at Volunteer Day on Wednesdays from 11:00am to 5:00pm.

KBL relies on bike donations and volunteers, if you are interested in either please contact Aida at bicilibre@bikecoop.ca.