The city of Sacramento, CA has partnered with one of its public libraries to launch an electric tricycle lending program. Patrons of the library can check out one of the five e-trikes available.
“We’re so excited to partner with the Sacramento Public Library to provide this alternative mode of transportation for the community,” said Rachel Patten, City sustainability analyst. “Launching this pilot program is one step in helping people access sustainable choices wherever possible.”
The three-wheeled electric tricycles were chosen as they are an excellent option for running errands locally, and feature a large rear cargo basket for storage. Library cardholders – aged 18 years old and older and in good standing – can check out an e-trike for up to three weeks. This lending program is incorporated into the Sacramento Public Library’s existing “Library of Things,” which allows for people to borrow one item at a time for up to 2 weeks. Library staff are currently exploring how to expand the program to other libraries and adding more e-trikes in the coming months.
“People are always surprised about what they’ll find at the library,” said Cathy Crosthwaite, Sacramento Public Library deputy director. “The library is ever evolving to meet the community’s changing needs. We love to surprise and delight people every time they visit.”
The project is funded by a portion of a $1.8 million grant the city received from the California Energy Commission which is being used for funding electric-vehicle-charger installations, car- and bike-share programs, and public art that is inspired by electric vehicles, equity, air pollution and climate change.