Ed! project brings bike racks to downtown Edmonds

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One of the new Ed! bike racks, (Photo courtesy of the Edmonds Downtown Alliance)

If you ride your bike in downtown Edmonds, you now have a place to safely leave it while shopping, dining or running errands downtown, thanks to a collaborative effort by downtown Edmonds businesses, local cyclists and city staff.

Cyclists will now find more than a dozen bike racks in the downtown business district, the result of a project spearheaded by Ed!, the Edmonds Downtown Alliance. Working closely with the Edmonds Bicycle Advocacy Group and city staff from the Parks and Transportation Departments, Ed! volunteers recommended the type of bike rack to be installed at multiple locations throughout downtown.

“Our team was mindful of all of the members affected by the project. We met with each business with a proposed rack near their entrance to address any questions or concerns and make adjustments as needed,” said Jordana Turner, Ed! board member and owner of Kai Body Therapies, in an Ed! announcement sent Thursday.

The bike racks were manufactured by SportWorks, a Woodinville-based company. “The SportWorks team was incredibly helpful,” Turner said. “They brought their experience doing similar projects in other communities and were a key partner in our success.”

“We were excited to have our local cycling group, the Edmonds Bicycle Advocacy Group, so closely involved”, said Pam Stuller, Ed! board member and owner of Walnut Street Coffee. “Their enthusiasm and support added to the win-win nature of the project. And by contributing funds, they allowed us to purchase two additional bike racks.”

To see a map of the bike rack locations, visit edmondsdowntown.org.

3 Replies to “Ed! project brings bike racks to downtown Edmonds”

  1. As Directors of the Edmonds Business Improvement District- EDBID, now ED!, and by default the Ed! “board” as a whole, represented to Ed!’s forced membership and the citizens of Edmonds (Candice- Edmonds Beacon, Nov. 5, 2015, pg 10 &13) that the above claim is factual and relevant for Edmonds business survival. The Ed! “Board” was handed a flyer, and it is obvious the “Board” never read, validated, nor did it apparently initiate any form of prudent research before acting impulsively in response to the flyer. Your actions wasted $ 8,000.00+ of business owners money.

    Ed! promoted as fact, a brochure stating bike riders spend 24% more than auto drivers. Let’s examine the “studies” behind the hype! First, a paper written by KELLY J. CLIFTON, SARA MORRISSEY, and CHLOE RITTER, pg. 27, states: Quote- “Some studies show a positive impact when bicycle facilities, such as a bike lanes, are added near retail businesses” End Quote. Which, vis-à-vis, also infers the counter point, that many studies show no improvement in business! The study continues- Quote–“The results suggest that marketing to cyclists is likely to generate a positive expenditure return for businesses in the right context”…”more evidence is needed to provide more conclusive direction for economic development.” End Quote. (emphasis added above, and following)

    The table above was extracted from the “research paper” cited above. This table is the source for the claim of 24% more ($ 75.66/$ 61.03=124%, or a 24% increase). The “informational” brochure you blindly held high as a validated directive for immediate action, did not use the research studies accurately: Quote–“Patrons who arrive by automobile spend more per visit in all urban contexts, but the expenditures vary across contexts for consumers who travel by other modes. The study includes different types of establishments—high turnover restaurants selling pizza and Mexican food, convenience stores, and bars. The average expenditures vary significantly across these different establishment types, as shown in Table 1. Convenience stores have the lowest average expenditures per visit at $7.36 but the highest average expenditures per month, at $80.40, because of the frequency of visits. Customers who arrive by automobile spend the most per visit across all of the establishments, but cyclists spend the most per month. These results suggest that marketing to cyclists is likely to generate a positive expenditure return for businesses in the right context.” End Quote.

    “High turnover restaurants selling pizza and Mexican food”, for those familiar with Portland, this is most assuredly referencing the food truck sector in downtown Portland, an area frequented by courier bikers, and Portland’s street population, not exactly “an Edmonds kind of” demographic.

    We have one grocery store, and no convenience stores in the BID. The professed 24% increase is valid due solely to a 33.13% ($105.66/$79.37) increase in expenditures at convenience stores based solely on the frequency of visits, other than this figure, bike riders spend less in every category of consumption in relation to car drivers. Convenience stores are where a rider may do, what a rider does, grab an extra two or three energy bars, maybe a banana to put into their riding jersey’s back pocket and electrolyte liquids or water, for their frame bottle(s). Energy bars are great while riding, the potassium in bananas reduces muscle cramping, and you want liquids, not alcohol. Although, this is what “riders” do, not those who bike as a lifestyle choice. The reality is the bike rider who rides to the local “convenience store”, averaging 14.5 times a month, and hits the bar 4.9 times per month on their bicycle, probably had their drivers license pulled for a DWI violation, leaving their bike as their only form of transportation. What potential demographic are you marketing to, or promoting in Edmonds?

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  2. I am one of about three people who regularly commute via a bike in this area. I’ve never seen a bike chained to rack downtown here, not to say it’s impossible. Even this photo is staged with no lock shown. I’ve left my bike unlocked outside of work for days, and to the credit of this town I didn’t need to worry about it being stolen. I leave the bike at home and walk if I have shopping to do. Once I rode my bike to Ace hardware to get glue. I had no issues leaving my bike unlocked outside. I didn’t buy more glue than normal because I rode my bike. 🙂

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