Sacramento bike parking experiment will continue for 3 weeks

Published: Wednesday, May. 30, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Wednesday, May. 30, 2012 - 8:42 am

The city of Sacramento will be testing a new concept in bicycle parking beginning today and continuing for three weeks as part of the annual "May Is Bike Month" campaign.

The city has approved the use of temporary on-street bicycle parking corrals, said Rick Houston, a bicycle advocate who has worked with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments on Bike Month activities. The corrals are set up in an on-street parking space and consist of a bike rack that can accommodate up to 10 bicycles.

Although businesses are sometimes wary of losing a parking space for motor vehicles, advocates of the bike corrals say they provide better sightlines to the businesses that they front and create a draw to nearby businesses.

Houston said convenient parking is key to serving current bicyclists and recruiting new ones.

The temporary bike corrals will be set up for one week each at three locations:

• In front of Insight Coffee Roasters, Eighth and S streets, today through June 6.

• Between Pangaea Two Brews Cafe and Gunther's Ice Cream Shop in the 2700-2800 blocks of Franklin Boulevard, June 6-13.

• In front of LuLuLemon Athletica in the MARRS building, 20th and J streets, June 13-20.n.

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