The “Remarkable Bookcycle” is exactly what it sounds like: a shelf of books mixed with a bicycle-like apparatus. Most recently, the contraption, which serves as an homage to Westport’s former Remarkable Book Shop, has returned to Compo Beach.
Constructed by Staples graduate Ryan Peterson, the Remarkable Bookcycle was built as a mobile double-sided library that offers free books to all those who come across it.
The cycle was conceptualized as a “secret project” around 13 years ago by Westport resident Jane Green, best-selling author of 19 novels with over 10 million books in print.
The cart itself was put together by Ian Warburg, Green’s husband. The final design, which features an “instantly recognizable” dancing man in white with a tall top hat, was drawn by Miggs Burroughs, whose mother, Esta Burroughs, worked at the Remarkable Book Shop from the day it opened until the day it closed 35 years later.
For now, the Remarkable Bookcycle is enjoying Westport life at Compo Beach. Considering its vibrant local history, it will continue to serve as a source of free literature for Westporters who want to expand their literary collections.
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