The Bike Library Rolls Out Accessible High-Quality Bike Rentals

Cruise ’round Raleigh via a new way to rent bicycles.

Ready to ride? Check out (!) The Bike Library, Raleigh’s new trailside bike-borrowing biz that pedaled into the rental game last fall (move over e-bikes!). “I noticed many friends wanted to [ride] but didn’t have access to good bikes,” says owner/founder Cameron Zamot, who rolled out his concept with six bikes he bought and propped up for rent at local businesses. “Buying a bike can be expensive, and renting options in Raleigh were lacking compared to places like Asheville.”

By early May, the rentals had caught on, and Zamot secured a contract with NC State to open an independent location of The Bike Library on the greenway near Lake Raleigh with eight high-quality bikes (including helmets and tool kits) available to rent for up to four days at a time. “My goal is to become a permanent part of Raleigh’s small business community and get more people on bikes,” says Zamot. … “I saw an opportunity to make a difference.” So, gear up for accessible summer bike rides.

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