By Maria Contreras Tebbutt
Did you know that the City of Davis has considered applying for Bicycle Friendly Business status, a National Certification from the League of American Bicyclists? What does this mean to you? Do you know where the bike racks are at your place of work? Would you leave your bike there all day? Have you ever visited the bike racks at your children’s schools?
We are Platinum Award Winning Bike Friendly City and University Campus, let’s start acting like it.
Consider this. You are leaving your workplace at the end of the day and walk out to the parking lot and find your car missing. Stolen.
Imagine how employees and students feel when they’re ready to go home at the end of the day, only to find that their bikes have been stolen or vandalized.
The Bike Campaign has heard hundreds of these stories and yet business owners, managers, school administrators and yes, apartment complex owners have ignored the need for secure (and preferably covered) bikes racks for decades, leaving bikes vulnerable to theft and the elements.
As a bike rider and advocate I am dismayed at dismal bike parking provided to residents at most apartment complexes in Davis. Many of these racks must have been installed in the 1960-70’s before anyone thought of locking up their bikes. Times have changed and for every antiquated bike rack that leaves bikes vulnerable to theft, vandalism and the elements, thousands of car parking spaces have been maintained costing hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Whether you’re a citizen who finds it extremely difficult to do business because of limited convenient car parking, or low-income (UCD student) whose only transportation is a bike – secure and preferably covered bike parking is needed everywhere in Davis and would alleviate daily obstacles and improve quality of life for everyone in our community.
Car parking lots and road maintenance is expensive and poses a high liability risk.
Secure bike racks are inexpensive and encourage employees and students to stay healthy, benefit the environment and the bottom line.
The Bike Campaign’s #1 goal is to reduce car traffic to schools while increasing safe cycling.
We want to help and have the knowledge and resources to do so. Let’s work together to rectify this ongoing problem.