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Jun 17, 2013 10:23 PM by Samantha Ptashkin

City of Tucson offering free bike racks to businesses

TUCSON- On any given day you'll find Ashley White bicycling through downtown.

"I live in Armory Park and I work at the U of A, so I just commute back and forth every day," White says.

She's excited about the city's new policy where businesses can request free bike racks to put in front of their stores. "I think it's great because there is all that promotion to ride your bike somewhere and then you go somewhere and there's no place to lock your bike," White says. "It's kind of frustrating."

If a business is in a public right of way, the city will also install the bike rack for free.

Yoga Oasis at 245 E. Congress is one of the first businesses to take advantage of the policy.

Many yoga students bike to class and for the past three years Yoga Oasis managers have wanted to put a bike rack outside their studio. "One of the main delays with it is there are a lot of codes and regulations and issues with where the bike racks could be installed," says Rachel King of Yoga Oasis.

Now the city has helped Yoga Oasis avoid the confusion and save some cash. Each bike rack holds two bicycles and can cost between $100 and $150.

Between the rising cost of gas and parking downtown, city leaders hope the new bike racks will give cyclists one more incentive to bike across the city. "If you provide a rack that's close to front doors, that's safe, secure and visible, perhaps it will encourage more people to bike instead of drive downtown," says Ann Chanecka, Tucson's Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator.

The free bike rack policy only applies to existing businesses. New businesses are already required to install bike racks on their own.

For more information on how you can get a free bike rack installed in front of your business, email Ann Chanecka at Ann.Chanecka@tucsonaz.gov

You can also call her at: 520-837-6691

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