Ferndale is making it easier for bicyclists, whether commuters or recreational riders, to ride and park downtown.
Last week, through a project of the Ferndale Downtown Development Authority
, on-street bike parking was opened and several other bike-related events held.
A new bike rack that holds 14 bikes and is also a sculpted piece of art created by sculptor Richard Gage in his TANK 425
Studio in Hazel Park was also unveiled.
The bike rack that doubles as art will be the first of six such bike racks and add to the 33 racks located around town. The first rack fills a parking space in a lot near Western Market
on 9 Mile between Woodward and Livernois. The space that could hold one car now fits 14 bikes in one artsy rack.
"A good number of consumers are dedicated bicycling commuters. The rack really affirms that bicycles are a viable mode of transportation and very much welcomed here," says Cristina Sheppard-Decius, the Ferndale DDA's executive director.
The bike racks come in conduction with efforts by the city, state and cycling advocated to make Ferndale's streets safer and welcoming to riders.
Source: Chris Hughes, Ferndale Downtown Development Authority
Writer: Kim North Shine