Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Those interested in planting a bike rack in front of their business are encouraged to apply with the city’s department of planning and development by May 3.
The city began to roll out its Bike Master Plan last year; officials are now looking to expand the program to more businesses. The whole idea is to establish bicycling as a “main means of transportation” in Lakewood. That means that residents can expect to see more of those U-shaped, blue bike racks dotting the city’s commercial corridors — with an emphasis on Madison Avenue. The city rolled out its first run of the bike rack program last year, with about 20 participating businesses. This year, there will be around two-dozen new racks in the city — at about $100 cost to businesses. The city will pick up the tab for shipping and installation. Businesses are encouraged to act fast: the city will accept the first 25 qualifying applicants by …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
A group of cycling advocates are hoping to get city officials to change the plans for the Madison Avenue repaving project to include dedicated bike lanes instead of “sharrows.”
A group of about 20 cycling advocates attended the city council meeting to encourage city leaders to reconsider a plan that would install bike “sharrows” on Madison Avenue. They're hoping that the adminstration will consider adding bike lanes into the project. Sharrows are what they sound like: painted arrows on the street that encourage motorists to share the road with bicyclists. Right now, the city has plans to repave Madison Avenue — in either 2013 or 2014 — and paint “sharrows” on the street. Ben Van Lear, an avid cyclist and Bike Lakewood board member, has conducted plenty of research to support claims that bike lanes are safe, increase ridership and benefit small businesses. He addressed council at Monday night’s meeting. “Lakewood…
Friday, April 6, 2012
About a dozen bike racks — and one large bike corral — are coming to downtown Lakewood in May.
Already known as a bike-friendly community, 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 Master Bike Plan …
Friday, January 6, 2012
First biking meetup set for Jan. 8 at Lakewood Park.
The Critical Mass bicycle group, launched in September, looks to continue its mission of promoting safe bike riding in 2012. The group's schedule of its monthly meetup, known as Lakewood Sunday Mass, was recently released. Lakewood Sunday Mass is set to take place on the second Sunday of every month, with the first one set for Jan. 8 at Lakewood Park — at the intersection of Lake and Belle. Different routes are planned out for each ride. The dates are: For more information, visit the group's Facebook page.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
City officials release plan that analyzes bike-friendliness in Lakewood.
A plan to make Lakewood “one of the most bike-friendly communities in the country” is right on track. On Monday, city released the findings from its much-anticipated bike plan — which included a comprehensive analysis that examined bike traffic in Lakewood. The 37-page plan also lays out a few recommendations. During the past year, the city hosted community workshops, conducted surveys and carried out bike traffic counts. City officials have spent the past couple months talking to business leaders and schools officials. The studies outlined what city officials already suspected. “The bicycle counts showed us very clearly,” said Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development. “In Lakewood, bicycling is not alternative …