The Downtown Improvement District in partnership with BikeShareHbg and Recycle Bicycle have launched a bike library. 

Downtown Bike Library Makes Debut

Harrisburg, PA – The Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District, in partnership with Recycle Bicycle* and the BikeShareHbg* initiative, has announced the launch of a Downtown Bike Library. The Downtown Bike Library is operated out of the Visitors Information Center located in the HDID Office at 22 N. 2nd Street.

A guest may borrow a bicycle at no cost, along with a helmet and lock, to ride around and explore the city and return the bike later in the day to the VIC. This program is being launched as a small pilot to the BikeShareHbg initiative that is currently in the works to bring a Bike Share program to Harrisburg.

The concept of a Bike Share has spread to over 500 cities around the world. A Bike Share program is a service in which bicycles are made available for shared use on a short term basis. People rent a bike from a kiosk or bike rack and commute around a city from point A to point B, often making travel quicker and avoiding traffic congestion. The HDID believes in creating a bike friendly city for visitors and residents, alike. The HDID has already made great strides in the downtown business district by installing 12 artistic and functional bike racks throughout the area, with more planned in the near future.

“While our Downtown Bike Library is a bit different from the typical Bike Share concept, we are excited to be able to offer this service to the public on a trial basis, especially those who stop into our Visitors Center looking for things to see and do. Exploring Harrisburg by bicycle is a great way to see so many of the wonderful attractions,” stated Todd Vander Woude, Executive Director for the Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District. “We enjoy working with other organizations to bring unique programs like this into Downtown.

*Recycle Bicycle donated the bicycles that are being used for the Downtown Bike Library Program. Learn more about Recycle Bicycle liking on Facebook. BikeShareHbg information is available at

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The HDID is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on making downtown Harrisburg clean, safe, and beautiful and attracting repeat customers and visitors.