Long wait for CBD bike racks
BIKE riders will soon have somewhere to leave their bikes while they shop in the CBD area.
The new Prince Street fixtures are expected to arrive next month and the four curved racks will be installed near the main pedestrian crossings and intersections.
Grafton City Cycles has been providing a bike rack in the store for the past 12 months to give the cyclists somewhere secure to park while they shop.
Part owner of the cycle shop, Sue Webber, said she has been waiting for bike racks in the main street since she approached council for them in October 2007.
“Our bike rack spots are used non-stop and I’m really confident the new racks will be too because more and more people are buying bikes for transport and they need somewhere secure to park,” she said.
The latest shopfront addition to Prince Street, I Scream, attracts many kids and teenagers on their bikes but the lack of racks means they have to leave them on the footpath outside the busy store.
Owner Jeff Smith said that council’s new initiative is a step in a positive direction.
“They will be a useful asset to the younger people and benefit the pedestrians too by maintaining a clear footpath and giving people a safe place to leave them,” he said.
Council deputy manager Des Schroder said with the huge growth of bike usage in the Valley it was important that facilities were made available.
“It was always our intention with the Prince Street upgrades to put bike racks in and now we are about to embark on putting them in,” he said.