Downtown cyclists can now hitch their bikes to an umbrella and pair of Xtratuf boots, a set of colorful and creative metal bike racks now standing in Marine Park.
The new racks were installed earlier this week and are part of a larger push to get more bike parking in Juneau. In 2009, the Assembly adopted a Non-Motorized Transportation Plan that pinpointed a lack of racks as a problem, especially at parks and public facilities, according to a city news release. In 2011, the Assembly appropriated funding to the artistic bike racks now being installed.
Twelve locations, along with 12 unique designs by Juneau landscape architecture firm Corvus Design, have been chosen for the racks. Besides the umbrella and boots at Marine Park, the designs and locations include waves at Dimond Park Aquatic Center; skaters at Pipeline Skate Park; a tugboat at Sandy Beach; hockey sticks at Treadwell Ice Arena; a raven at Sigoowu Ye Park in Lemon Creek; and planets at Twin Lakes Park, to mirror the planet motif on the park’s paved trail.
These racks, and five others, are scheduled to be installed by the end of October, weather permitting. Besides the Marine Park racks, those at the skate park and Dimond Park Aquatic Center have already been installed.