ANSBACH, Germany (June 24, 2019) -- As part of the MakerSpace grant the Ansbach Library had three bicycle stands installed around the garrison.

A MakerSpace provides library patrons the opportunity to create, collaborate, learn and imagine individually or with others. Many MakerSpaces focus on science and technology, but depending on the community, it might include arts created from recycled materials, music, or bicycle repair.

The stands are available to everyone and located at the Library on Bleidorn, the Youth Center on Katterbach and the Von Steuben Community Center on Bismarck.

Mike Colarusso, Ansbach Library director, bikes to work regularly and noticed that biking trails help to connect the USAG Ansbach community, making this "a perfect location to encourage people to get out and bike," he said.

The bicycle repair stands will come in handy for anyone who wants to participate in the nationwide campaign called "Stadtradeln -- Radeln für ein gutes Klima" (Cycling for a good climate). The goal is to contribute to climate protection, set an example for increased bicycle promotion in the communities and to have fun riding a bicycle.

The campaign kicks off in Ansbach today and will end July 14. The most active local municipalities and hard-working teams and cyclists within them will win various prizes. During the three-week campaign, cyclists enter the kilometers they travelled privately or for work into an online cycling calendar. For nationwide comparisons between municipalities and teams, visit https://www.stadtradeln.de/home.

Overall, nearly 300,000 registered cyclists accumulated 60 million kilometers in 2018. The municipality of Ansbach contributed more than 53,000 kilometers completed by 227 people in 18 teams, which equaled a CO2 reduction of almost 8 tons. One group created by two USAG Ansbach employees, came in third for average kilometers ridden by bike.

With the success of last year, USAG Ansbach hopes to register a larger group this year. Anyone interested is welcome to participate. To register for the USAG Ansbach cycling team, go to https://www.city-cycling.org/index.php?id=171. For more information on the campaign visit https://www.city-cycling.org/darum-geht-es.