A multi-purpose, high-capacity bicycle rack was recently installed on Commercial Street in downtown Nevada City, at the top of the boardwalk, near the North Pine Street intersection.
The new rack includes parking and secure locking points for up to 10 bicycles in a common side-leaning position, or several bicycles in a seat-hang position.
In addition to filling the already-present need for secure, convenient bicycle parking that does not block the streets or the sidewalks, the new rack has the potential to increase the health and vibrancy of the downtown area and of its economy. Now, those who choose to ride to the downtown area will be able to spend more money on food and fun, and less money on increasingly expensive gasoline.
The initial plan for the Commercial Street Boardwalk, crafted by the Nevada City Sustainability Team and approved by City Council in 2011, included plans for bicycle parking in the same location as the new bike rack; but the design details were never fleshed out, and funding was not available.
Beginning in late 2011, a small design team formed to complete the final design and implementation phase. Over the course of several months, all of the pieces came together, including final design and funding, resulting in the new bicycle rack now in place on Commercial Street.
Several local groups and individuals were a part of turning this plan into reality. We would like to extend a warm thank-you to each of these key players:
-The Nevada City Sustainability Team, for having the foresight to include bicycle parking in the initial plan for the Commercial Street Boardwalk.
-The Nevada City City Council, Nevada City Planning Commission, and staff at City Hall, for approving the boardwalk plan and showing strong support throughout the process.
-Black Bart Ornamental Iron Works, for donating 100% of the construction labor costs.
-The Nevada City Lions Club, for donating the entire cost of the project, including material, construction, and installation.
-Verne Taylor, Nevada City Public Works Director, for taking an active interest in the project and shepherding it through to completion, and for taking it upon himself to secure the donation.
-Final design and implementation team, including Ben Jordan, Ray Bryars, Councilman Duane Strawser, Chris Kelley, Tom Grundy, and RichLooney, for completing the collaborative design process and bringingall of the pieces together.
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