Melville: reading bicycles introduced to AH Bracks Library to keep people moving

Library officer Oliver Black on one of the reading bicycles at AH Bracks Library. Picture: Jon Hewson
Library officer Oliver Black on one of the reading bicycles at AH Bracks Library. Picture: Jon Hewson

PEOPLE looking to read while also getting some exercise are in luck at AH Bracks Library.

Reading bicycles have been installed at the library for those looking to keep their body moving while they read their favourite novels.

City of Melville acting chief executive Marten Tieleman said while reading was important, it was a very sedentary activity.

“In keeping with our focus on healthy lifestyles – one of the key outcomes for the City – the idea was inspired by one of our library managers who wanted to enable people to be able to gain the benefit of reading in conjunction with physical activity,” he said.

“The reading bikes clearly provide an opportunity for the people that use them to benefit from the joys of reading while also maintaining a physical activity level, which is so important for a healthy body and mind.”

Mr Tieleman said the bicycles had been installed as a trial to gauge community response and he was pleased that they had been overwhelmed by positive feedback.

“It is important for the City to provide innovative opportunities which support and promote healthy lifestyles for our community and we are thrilled the reading bikes have been received so well,” he said.

The library reopened in mid-September following six months of major renovations to upgrade and modernise the library space.

Additions to the facility included a Creative Lab, children’s space, public artworks, southern entry, and exhibition space.