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New Bike Racks Rolling into Lakewood

About a dozen bike racks — and one large bike corral — are coming to downtown Lakewood in May.

Already known as a , bikeability is about to get even better in Lakewood.

About a dozen bike racks — and one large bike corral — are coming to downtown Lakewood in May.

One of the key takeaways from last year’s bike study, is that in Lakewood, biking is kind of a big deal. 

“It’s how people get around,” said Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development. “We have so many folks who ride as transportation. There (are) recreational riders, people who ride to run errands, and there’s commuter riders.”

He said that about a dozen yellow bike racks are arriving later this month.

“We have thousands of folks in town who use bikes as their primary mode of transportation,” Siley added.

The city’s showed where in the city bike traffic is heaviest. Those areas along Detroit Avenue are getting the racks.

As part of their construction plans, the and the will each have a bike rack.

— in front of the — is also getting one. So are spaces near the , , and .

The block in front of has the highest density for bicycle traffic in the entire city, according to the bike study.

That’s where the city is erecting a 15-foot-long bike corral on the street in front of the building.

In addition, the Root is investing in a bike corral designed by local artisans, Rust Belt Welding.

Once the Root’s own bike corral is installed this summer, the city will move its corral to another location. 

“I am really excited that the city is taking initiative on creating infrastructure needed for a vibrant bicycling community,” said Julie Hutchison, the co-owner of the Root Café. “It’s awesome that the city is moving forward so quickly, implementing the Master Plan.”

The racks on Detroit Avenue — with a price tag of $5,000 for all of them — are just the beginning, said Siley.

“I think we’re going to expand this in the future — farther up on Detroit and some areas on Madison (Avenue),” he said.

Heidi finniff April 06, 2012 at 12:01 PM
This is definitely a needed investment in our city. I hope merchants who weren't on the first wave list will look at installing racks on their own. They are a cheap investment. The new bike parking signage will also attract business I feel.
Rick Uldricks April 06, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Racks are definitely needed on Madison Ave. also. Especially east of Warren.
shawn witmer April 06, 2012 at 08:33 PM
One small step for our fair city, but one big leap in the right direction for the otherwise auto-minded. Yay!
Steve April 06, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Will they have parking meters to help defray the cost??? Food for thought.
Steve April 06, 2012 at 10:52 PM
And while we are on this subject, Will the city ticket any unregistered BIKE and impound it, Kinda like what they do with pit mixes. After all, it is just an item or object, and there are ordinances against both. Tell me what you think?
Dru McKeown April 06, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Interesting question Steve. One could argue that there is no need to "defray the cost" as the amount of wear and tear on city streets and the amount of property needed for parking would be substantially lowered if more people cycled. Heck, even the amount of auto traffic would decrease, making getting around via car (if you were visiting from out of town or just didn't ride a bike anyway) easier and more pleasant.
Dru McKeown April 06, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Another interesting question (you are on a roll). I think registering your bike just makes sense (easier to track if it gets stolen). As for impounding it, a pit bull (or mix) can attack someone on its own accord, even if the owner doesn't want it to (or cannot control it). Bike attacks are probably very less common. I would say similar to Walleye attacks (even along Detroit Ave.)? What you do think? I will argue that cyclists need to follow basic traffic laws, similar to motor vehicle operators and that both parties should stay abreast of all ordinances regarding owning and operating their vehicles. There are plenty of fingers to point, but don't we have better things to do? Use common sense, share the road and operate your vehicle in a safe manner. Is it really worth killing someone (or being killed) over an addition 2 minutes of travel time?
Steve April 07, 2012 at 12:49 AM
You are partially right, I have seen numerous accidents involving bikes vs cars, and bikes vs pedestrians, but never a pit bull attack, and I have lived here a long time.
Doug Tidd April 07, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Well Steve, that will be really nice for out of towners like me when I come to visit your fair city and you impound my bike. That will really want me to come back and spend my money in your town.
tom m April 07, 2012 at 09:41 PM
I would pay 1.00 to lock my bike to a city provided bike lock with key
tom m April 07, 2012 at 09:48 PM
registering a bike is useless 1 minute with goof off poof no more sticker ...but you are correct I have been riding for over 30+ years with 3000-5000 miles a year and the worst riders are those who do not obey the basic laws riding the wrong way going through red lights not at least slowing down at all stop signs (ok Im guilty of rolling stops) but when I ride with traffic and wait at all red lights the cars I ride along side of always treat me as a car and give me my due space
Alexandra April 08, 2012 at 12:28 PM
I just got a new trike. I am happy to know I will be able to lock it up easier while I run errands. I got it to reduce my gas expenses in the summer and get some exercise.

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