In the interest of encouraging more people to ride their bicycles (even in the winter months — more to come on that), and in the hope of contributing to increased activity in downtown Adrian and to the success of locally owned businesses in that area, I’m asking for your help in identifying (1) existing bike racks, and (2) bike-friendly streets.
There is a bike rack located behind the Library on Maumee, and Adrian Locksmith and Cyclery has a bike rack. Does anyone know of others? Can you believe there isn’t even a bike rack at the mall (at least none that I’m aware of — see Cyclist’s comment below)? Not that I necessarily want to see more people visiting the mall, or that I’d recommend riding in that area. I have yet to discover a bike rack on the campus of Adrian College, save for the one outside the entrance to the Merillat Sport and Fitness Center. Once we’ve identified where bike racks are, we can identify places where they might be added and begin petitioning the city to provide them. FixCity.org is a great resource to help us figure out how best to go about doing so in a manner that increases our chances of success. We can also make a point to support businesses that encourage bicycle and pedestrian traffic.
With regard to bike-friendly streets, those of us who ride regularly are in the best position to make others aware of ideal routes and to keeps folks abreast of any troublesome road or traffic conditions. This, in turn, will also equip us with data we can use to advocate bike-friendly infrastructure. Moreover (and perhaps even more importantly), in conjunction with things like the Clif Bar 2-Mile Challenge, it might encourage more people to give bicycles a try.
I’m not sure how best to go about creating a safe routes map of our city, but I don’t want presentation and organization concerns to hold up the effort. Hence, I suggest we start with a simple bike-friendly streets list. I invite anyone who rides to contribute. Provide whatever information you see fit. Following is one example of how we might go about it. (Obviously, it needs some work. I welcome suggestions on how to do it better.)
+ COLLEGE AVE. between CHURCH ST. and MADISON ST. (distance = 1mi.)
If we can start collecting these safe street snapshots, I’ll set up a separate page and index them. Eventually, we can see about creating our own local bike map.