35 Bike Racks Spring Up in Downtown Montrose, Thanks to DDA Donation Program
MONTROSE — If you prefer human-powered over motorized transportation and have become tired of chaining your bike to a tree or signpost, then you will be happy to notice 35 new bike racks installed in the downtown area over the past few weeks.
The racks were built, installed and funded through a city grant in conjunction with a new private donation program created by the Montrose Downtown Development Authority.
"The need for bike racks has been identified for quite a while," DDA executive director Scott Shine said. "It's a public, private partnership."
The program is designed to accommodate cyclists drawn to the downtown area and to give those riders a chance to show their support for cycling within the community.
Each rack is fabricated locally at Recla Metals for $200. Add on the paint, power coating and installation, and the total cost is $300, according to Shine.
"Instead of purchasing mass-produced, unoriginal racks and having them shipped in, we were fortunate to work with Recla Metals to create a unique, functional product that is locally produced. The powder coating was also done by Finish Line Powder Coating, a downtown business," Shine said in a news release.
According to Gwen Diaz at Recla Metals, each rack is cut from 3/8-inch steel plate and assembled on site by employee and Olathe resident Wayne Rhodes.
According to John Harris of the City of Montrose engineer's office, the city bought and installed 18 racks, partly paid for by a grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs' Energy Impact Assistance Fund.
Fifteen more racks were donated by Colorado Smiles Dentistry’s Dr. Dan Clader and his wife Karla.
"I think it's a nice statement for a town to make in this day in age, and an outdoorsy town like Montrose to have these," said Clader.
Clader said he got the idea while visiting his daughter Emily at Colorado State University and saw lots of bike racks sponsored by New Belgium Brewery.
"I'm not New Belgium; I don't have their deep pockets, but I thought how cool would that be, and how I could do that here," he said.
Clader lives near the Colorado Smiles offices, located at 601 South Third Street, and enjoys riding his 30-year-old bike to work. He commends the city for their efforts in installing 18 other bike racks in the downtown area.
He said he laughed at a picture he was shown of a horse tied up to one of the new racks in front of R&R Sports bar on Uncompahgre Avenue recently.
"This is still Montrose," Clader said.
Two other racks were donated, including a large rack in front of the Montrose campus of Colorado Mesa University located on South Cascade Avenue.
To participate in the program, contact Scott Shine at 970/901-9667. The racks may take two to three weeks to complete, whereupon the donor will be contacted with installation and photo opportunity information. For more information, visit firstname.lastname@example.org