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Staff from Lakewood Public Library, members of Bike Cleveland, representatives from Knabe Law Firm, local bike shop owners, and city officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 after the instillation of a bike rack this fall. The custom bike rack, featuring the Bike Lakewood logo, was donated by Knabe Law Firm and installed at the Lakewood Public Library, Madison Branch in the historic Birdtown area of Lakewood.
The idea for the new bike rack was initiated by Ken Knabe, and the project was coordinated by: Parker Mulholland of Knabe Law Firm; Jason Kuhn and Jacob VanSickle of Bike Cleveland; and Molly McGirr Norris, Judy Grzybowski, and Gregory Christian of Lakewood Public Library. At the ceremony Kuhn spoke about how generous community members like Knabe allow Bike Cleveland and its divisions including Bike Lakewood to work towards their goal of safer streets for all drivers. Knabe is an avid cyclist himself, and the Knabe Law Firm focuses on protecting the cyclists of the Greater Cleveland Area.
Before Knabe cut the ribbon on the new bike rack, Norris spoke about what it means for the Library to have it, including how important it was for the Library to work with community members and local organizations to support their interests and goals. More specifically it is important for the Library to promote safe cycling for users of the Library, which includes community members who cycle for many reasons: health, fitness, environmental impact, economic sense, and vehicle accessibility. Whatever the reason a library user might choose to ride their bike to the Library, Norris said, “Having a secure place to leave their bicycle while using Library resources is extremely important.”
Bike racks are located next to every entrance at both the Main Branch and Madison Branch of Lakewood Public Library, and in addition there is a bike repair station including an air pump for public use on the Main Library Front Porch.
Molly McGirr Norris
Lakewood Public Library staff member.