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City looks to install bicycle corrals

Posted by: Alejandra Matos under Urban living Updated: July 18, 2014 - 3:20 PM

Demand for bicycle parking is so high in some areas that the city wants to install on-street bicycle corrals.

The corrals are groups of bicycle racks, installed adjacent to the curb, in the road's parking lane.

Currently, the city provides off-street bicycle racks to businesses, community center and organizations that are willing to split the cost of installing and maintaining them with the city.

The city's Public Works department will present the proposal to install 25 corrals to the city council on Tuesday.

Birchwood Cafe and Northbound Smokehouse Brewpub already have similar corrals that they installed on their own. The city's Public Works Department says there have been requests for more because bicycle parking demand exceeds the available spaces on the sidewalk or boulevard racks.

The department has set aside $50,000 to install the corral, which will be seasonally available from April 15 to Nov. 1.

The cost to install the stalls is estimated between $1,800 to $2,900 for the first year and $150 to $250 for maintenance in subsequent years. Those who want a corral would also split the cost. The city anticipates each location keeping its corral for a minimum of five years.

If the city council passes the proposal, those interested in installing a corral would have to apply for it. The city will give priority to those that have a high bicycle volume.

On-Street Bicycle Corral

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