Needed: Companies to anchor bike ‘staples’

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The bike “staple” anchored on Pike Street earlier this spring sees a lot of use.

 

Devou Good seeks to install up to 500 racks on City sidewalks 

COVINGTON, Ky. - Time is running out for companies interested in bolting up to 500 bike racks, or “staples,” to sidewalks in Covington.
 
Friday is the deadline to respond to a request for bids (RFP) issued by the local 501(c)3 group Devou Good Project, in conjunction with the advocacy group Ride the Cov and the City of Covington.
 
Devou Good, which is funding the purchase and installation of the racks, is working with Ride the Cov to establish Covington as a bike-friendly place to live, work, and play.
 
“We can’t wait to get the racks installed,” said Matt Butler of Devou Good. “This is a tangible step that will encourage the use of bikes to get around, and riders have been asking about the racks ever since we started working on them.”
 
To see the RFP, click HERE. Questions can be sent to Butler at matt@devougood.com
 
The Covington City Commission approved a legal agreement related to the racks last Tuesday with Devou Good.
 
The racks would create secure places to lock up bikes not only in the downtown area but also in neighborhood business districts and parks. Ride the Cov continues to seek suggestions about where to put the racks. See its website, HERE, to suggest a spot.
 
One such rack - a black pipe structure anchored to a sidewalk “bump-out” - was installed earlier this spring on Pike Street across from City Hall as a demonstration, and City employees say it’s in constant use.
 
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