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Cycling for libraries in Texas — April 8, 2014

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WELCOME to our first Cycling for Libraries, or conference on a bike, event in Texas! In addition to spending the morning exploring San Antonio streets, parks and institutions, participants will enjoy a memorable networking opportunity while visiting local libraries. 

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We will cycle a 20-mile round trip from the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center to the outskirts of Bexar County. Our first stop is the famous BiblioTech Library, the country’s first digital library. There we will experience a special tour and a cyclist’s snack break. We then hop back on our bikes and enjoy a short 5 mile ride to the San Antonio Public Library, Mission Branch. See what’s different at this library! Last stop: the convention center for a group photo!

We will be riding the bike trails and about 2-3 miles on public roads. Never ridden 20 miles? Never fear! The route is on a flat trail and public roads, plus you have 7 weeks to prepare! The pace will be moderate around 9-10 mph. Participants receive a specialty designed t-shirt. And,Road ID has graciously donated six gift certificates; so watch for announcement of the winners!

Schedule: Tuesday, April 8th

  • 7:45 am-8:15 am: Check-in, biking instructions, and t-shirts (location at convention center TBA)
  • 8:30 am: Leave the convention center. We need to keep a tight schedule, so please beready to ride at 8:30 am!
  • 10:15 am: Tour stop and snacks/water break at the BiblioTech Library. Host and speaker: Catarina Velasquez, BiblioTech Branch Manager
  • 11:15 am: Visit the San Antonio Public Library, Mission Branch Tour. Host and speaker: Oscar González, Librarian
  • 12:30 pm: Arrive back at the convention center and group hhoto
  • 2 pm: Cycling for Libraries Session with April Kessler

Register onlineCycling for Libraries is the first item under “Ticketed Events” toward the bottom of the form. Registration for the conference is not required to participate in this event! The registration deadline is March 21st. Maximum riders: 50 — Waiting list available! Cost is $25 with bringing your own bike; $35 with bike rental (information coming soon).

We will have riding with us a medic and a bike mechanic. At each location we will have volunteers watching the bikes, so locks are recommended but may not be needed.

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