Cyclists now have more visible and secure options for bike parking in Downtown Hartford, thanks to the combined efforts of Bike Walk CT, Capitol Region Council of Governments, Greater Hartford Transit District, Greater Hartford Arts Council, New England Grassroots Environmental Fund, the City of Hartford, and others.
Two styles of high security racks were selected from Wisconsin company Madrax. On March 31st, racks were installed in spots along Main Street: three in front of 960 Main Street, one by City Steam and one by Dish. There is a rack on the block between State House Square and Temple Street. Several were also installed in front of the Hartford Public Library and in front of Burr Mall, the space between City Hall and the Wadsworth Atheneum.
Kevin Sullivan, local bicycle advocate and enthusiast, says that more bike racks are on the way– a lot more. A total of 273 “inverted U” and “post and ring” racks have been purchased.
According to a map created by the City of Hartford, racks are being considered for all neighborhoods. Sullivan says the plan is for all racks to be installed by the end of July.
Coming soon: a major update to the bicycle parking map.
Reprinted with permission of Kerri Provost, author of the blog RealHartford.
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