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Thanks to APBP and Park-a-Bike, Wisconsin City Gets New Bike Racks

Tuesday, September 13, 2011   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Debra Goeks
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Cedarburg, WI — Cedarburg-based Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals and Park-a-Bike, located in Sacramento, California, have partnered to donate several of Park-a-Bike's signature bicycle racks to the City of Cedarburg. The gift of five racks, with a total capacity of 10 bikes, will help meet the need for bike parking in downtown Cedarburg, Wisconsin, a popular walking and bicycling destination. Bicycle parking at or near businesses is recognized as a benefit to bicyclist and businesses alike. In this instance, the new bike parking facility will also serve cyclists on the Ozaukee Interurban Trail. The racks are being installed as part of an Eagle Scout project to create a bike corral and community bulletin board.

"We greatly appreciate the donation of the bike racks for this project since funding has been difficult to get,” says Mikko Hilvo, Director of Cedarburg's Parks and Recreation Department. "This is a win-win for the city, for cyclists, and for our downtown merchants--plus it provides a local scout the opportunity to become an Eagle Scout.”

An Eagle Scout is the highest level a Boy Scout can achieve and requires a significant public service project. In this case, Dan Jacques identified the need for public bicycle parking in Cedarburg. A bike corral, which accommodates multiple bicycles, is one of the newest trends in bicycle parking. Park-a-Bike gave the racks to APBP in recognition of the contribution APBP's Bicycle Parking Guidelines has made to the industry. These guidelines, which bicycle planners widely recognize as best practice, recommend racks that support a bicycle in two places, allow locking of the frame and at least one wheel of the bike, and are tamper-proof and easy to maintain.

Christopher Luyet, President of Park-a-Bike, explained why he offered the racks to APBP. "Park-a-Bike has spent months designing and engineering innovative and functional bike parking products. APBP provided the information we needed to create a product that meets the functional demands of cyclists and falls in line with APBP's guidance for a recommended rack,” commented Luyet. "So we decided to donate some Varsity Bike Docks to thank APBP for giving us a great tool and contributing to our success.” APBP staff, many of whom live and work in Cedarburg, voted to offer the donation to the city so that all residents could benefit from the gift.

APBP is an international professional association whose members work to make communities more walkable and bicycle-friendly. APBP's Bicycle Parking Guidelines are available at http://www.apbp.org/

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Keith A. Sorensen says...
Posted Tuesday, November 8, 2011
I have been researching innovative ways to fund bike racks and get property management companies to allow the installation. This is an inspiring example of collaboration between a variety of different interest groups to achieve a common goal!

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