This $250 bicycle rack was installed earlier this week outside City Hall. Similar racks are erected along Inn Street and near the library.
According to this 2006 story by Mary Eaton, the Seacoast Energy & Environmental Design (SEED) coalition is collecting funds for the bike rack procurement, and the DPW is volunteering its manpower to install them.
SEED’s Liss Campbell informs me that about $2800 has been collected so far.
The master plan for bike rack installations, which Councilor Larry McCavitt helped put together, calls for many more racks.
What gets me is the design.
Eaton quotes a then-Daily News article on the rack design: styles range from modern and streamlined to more historic-looking racks.
Which style does the above picture encapsulate? Shouldn’t a historic-looking rack (whatever that really means) be next to City Hall, one of the more historic downtown structures?
I had thought, when hearing of the plan to erect bike racks, they would like more like this with a physical ‘place’ to keep the front wheel.
And how do I attach my bike to it? By looping my chain around one of the legs, and watching the chain fall to the brick bottom? How is that secure?