The Wicker Park-Bucktown (WPB) Special Service Area (SSA), a business improvement district, has purchased 20 specially-designed and orange-colored bike racks from Dero to be installed within the district (see a map on their website).
A beautiful work in progress. The u-rack is nearly identical to the latest model CDOT has used with the addition of a center piece showing the sustainable transportation modes residents and shoppers in Wicker Park and Bucktown use to get around. Photo courtesy of Dero.
Dero sent the SSA a photo of the rack right before its powder coating treatment to turn it orange. Transportation committee members, myself included, will be discussing where to install these bike racks this coming Thursday at our monthly meeting. If you have an idea for a high-visibility location that needs bike parking, let me know in the comments or by email. The SSA will donate them to the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), who will install them. Dero will probably ship the racks directly to CDOT by the end of this week.
Chicago’s first on-street bike parking
The SSA has scheduled the ribbon cutting ceremony for Chicago’s first on-street bike parking facility for Friday, July 29th, 2011, at 5 PM, in front of the Flat Iron Arts building, 1591 N Milwaukee Avenue. RSVP by emailing SSA program manager Eleanor Mayer. I’ll definitely be there in celebration and to enjoy the refreshments at Francesca’s Forno afterwards (1576 N Milwaukee Avenue). The project is a collaboration between the SSA, 1st Ward Alderman Moreno, and CDOT Bicycle Parking Program Manager Christopher Gagnon.
An example demonstration of on-street bike parking, or bike corral, in Portland, Oregon.
Updated July 22, 2011, to add statement about project collaborators.