New Sidewalk “Fun”ctional Bike Racks Installed Before Busy Summer Season


The City of Coronado has installed new bike parking racks along the sidewalks of Orange Avenue, from B Avenue/Loma Avenue to Ninth Street.

Two different rack styles were installed last week in a three-block test area that represent a mix of both fun and “fun”ctional bike parking styles – a bicycle-shaped rack and a bicycle parking “dock.” 

The racks will provide cyclists with improved bike parking facilities to help minimize the need to lock bikes to trees, posts or benches, where they may block pedestrians. Both racks allow easy locking of the frame and wheel with a U-lock to help deter bicycle thefts.

The bike docks are designed for space efficiency on crowded sidewalks. They are one of a few rack styles that hold the front wheel to keep bikes from falling over while also allowing for the easy use of a safer, stronger U-Lock.

The docks also have a QR Code that links to the City’s website and a “Smart Guard” to help prevent metal to metal contact from scratching bikes. Here are some simple steps for how to use the bicycle docks:

The installation is part of a pilot project directed by the City Council to test the effectiveness of more on-sidewalk bicycle parking and various bike rack styles and to help reduce vehicle traffic and parking congestion by making it easier for people to ride their bikes. 

The City received input from a Sidewalk Bicycle Parking Stakeholder Committee to select the rack types and test area locations. The additional bike parking racks will complement the City's bike corrals, which are seven special parking areas with racks just for bikes created from converted vehicle parking spaces, and the other existing on-sidewalk bike parking, during the busy summer tourist season when Coronado is filled with bicycle riders. After summer, the City Council will evaluate the City's bicycle parking to determine what works best to relieve traffic congestion, increase support for local businesses, and improve traffic mobility and the health of our community.

The City is interested in your questions and feedback regarding the new bike racks; please contact Mariah VanZerr at 619-522-2423 ormvanzerr@coronado.ca.us to provide your feedback.

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Tags: city of coronado, community, sports

Comment by Megan on June 5, 2014 at 7:39pm

If you are considering adding more, I would highly recommend a couple by the theater! As an employee, I have had many people ask us if there was a bike rack nearby, and often times people will either lock their bikes together, onto a tree, or even a parking meter. Please and thank you! 

Comment by Cathy Joy on June 9, 2014 at 8:36am

I agree with Megan! Bicycle parking is needed at the theatre!!

Comment by Bruce P. McClure on June 9, 2014 at 8:42am

Any update on some gentle enforcement on keeping bicycle riding down on the busy sidewalk stretches along Orange?  In particular, the area up by Coronado Brewing.  I've nearly been run down several times recently.  How do you gracefully alert someone about the rules?

Comment by Jim Rohn on June 9, 2014 at 9:16am

interesting that the bike racks are being added in areas that it is very difficult to "legally" ride a bicycle - Orange Ave

Comment by Sharlene Wiley on June 9, 2014 at 9:57am

It's great that the city is installing these bike racks but I still don't understand why there are not more dedicated bike lanes throughout Coronado?  Especially along Orange Ave. where traffic is heaviest.  The huge median could be reduced to allow the input of bike lanes and left turns for vehicles should only be allowed at traffic lights along with a U-turn for folks who need to head back to missed roads.  For a city that is touted as being bike friendly, the little they have of bike lanes does not support that.

Comment by Jack Bartroff on June 9, 2014 at 10:44am

I really like the new bike racks, especially the ones shaped like bicycles! (as I suggested a couple of months ago).  They are  nice interesting adjuncts  to the good strong generic ones we see at Rec. Ctr. and other areas. A bike rack also needs to be added at the ninth street access to Coronado Fitness Center. Often multiple bikes are inappropriately attached to building iron work, parking meters and trees. Thanks! 

    

Comment by Vincent John Flynn on June 9, 2014 at 12:14pm

These new bike racks make sense.  I support them and hope there will be more.  They are more convenient and better located than the bike corrals.   

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