More Bike Racks

1 decade 10 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, June 28 2007 Jun 28, 2007 Thursday, June 28, 2007 1:56:33 PM CDT June 28, 2007 in News

Bike parking downtown tends to be freestyle.

"I make do with what I've got, every now and then, I'll throw it around a tree or around a pole but in general I wouldn't say there enough racks," biker Sean Coder said.

PedNet asked the public to help solve the problem.

"We put surveys on people's bicycles and got their opinion and a lot of people say that we do need more bike parking, " Corri Flaker, from PedNet, said.

PedNet wants to put in 1,000 new places to lock up bikes. Many of these will use existing parking meters, placing two rings on the sides to hook your bike to. The new spaces could solve the overcrowding problem and improve security.

In the past, people have had to lock their bikes up to whatever they could. Now, if they use something like a parking meter and the lock was big enough, all a thief would have to do is lift it over the parking meter and steal the bike.

MU's campus has 4,000 spots for bicycles, while downtown has only about 100. The 1,000 new spaces would be spread all over the downtown area, and if the project is approved, the new spaces could come as early as this fall. The Columbia City Council will review the PedNet bike rack project on July 16.

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