The City has stepped up and installed a series of urban bike racks – 38 in total. The racks, branded with the signature Blue Bike emblem, have been installed in commercial districts such as Hertel and Allen. Combined with the local Rusty Chain effort that netted some 30 rings, that’s somewhere around 70 in total. Quite a change from last summer when we were in jeopardy of losing parking meter poles all over the city.
What’s even better is that Justin Booth of Go! Buffalo tells me that more racks on the way. The Rusty Chain fundraiser last week netted another couple of grand to add to the pot, and Flying Bison continues to crank out barrels of Rusty Chain beer. According to Tim Herzog at Flying Bison, Try-It Distributing is now handling the account, which means that the beer will not only stay in production, the distribution can now be taken to an even wider area. And there’s even more good news for cyclists. Justin has just informed me that there’s a bigger push underway from The City and Go! Buffalo:
“Green Options Buffalo, in partnership with the City of Buffalo, has secured $100,000 for the Commercial District Bicycle Parking Program. That will allow approximately another 178 bike racks to be manufactured and installed.”
The good news just keeps coming. It would be nice to see a bigger push from the private sector to join the cause. When it comes to buying into the idea of allowing employees to lock their bikes up at work, many companies just don’t get it. They don’t get the environmental and health benefits, and they don’t see that a younger generation of workers is looking for signs that the workplace is coming around to seeing a different type of green.