Ed! project brings bike racks to downtown Edmonds

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.

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