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WNY E-Bike Library adds e-bike lending to The Tool Library

Next time you’re preparing for your next project, big or small, check out our friends at The Tool Library for access to their bank of over 4,000 tools! 

Located at 2626 Main Street, the Tool Library is a community gem providing folks with access to thousands of tools, workshops, and neighborhood services. From tree and spring bulb planting to Dare to Repair cafes and park clean-ups, the library creates space to bring new life to Buffalo’s nooks and knacks. Darren Cotton founded this volunteer-based non-profit in 2011, focusing on reducing waste while increasing access and equity. Starting as a small storefront, the Tool Library has quickly grown into a bustling community asset. In April 2024, they launched their $1 million capital campaign to purchase and renovate their forever home on Main Street. To learn more and help support their efforts, visit the Tool Library’s Campaign for 2626 Main Street. 

At Shared Mobility, Inc., we’ve been working on building community controlled e-bike libraries. We are excited to be able to partner with The Tool Library by providing them with the tools of mobility: e-bikes! As our latest community group to join the WNY E-Bike Library, Tool Library members can now rent out battery-powered e-bikes. Thanks to support from Independent Health, our team has been able to refurbish and repurpose discarded e-bikes designed for former bikeshare networks into e-bikes for free or discounted lending programs. Like the other library tools, these e-bikes were given a second chance to make new impressions.

With memberships starting as low as $30 a year, members gain access to thousands of tools and can now rent out an e-bike to help them with their daily tasks around town with a weeklong rental.

The Tool Library says it best: “With no rental fees and a week-long loan period, stop spending hundreds of dollars to buy tools you’ll only use once and start borrowing ours today.”

Visit them the next time you're in the neighborhood to see what they're fixing up next. 


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