Boulder County is inviting Longmont businesses, nonprofit organizations and multi-family housing complex owners to apply for free bicycle racks.
For the past two years, the bike racks have been available for locations countywide through a Boulder County Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE) program in an effort to provide safe and convenient places for employees and customers bicycle parking, according to a news release from that county organization.
Zachary Swank, PACE’s business sustainability coordinator, said in a Friday interview that while the program’s 2019 inventory of individual U-shaped bike racks have been or soon will be delivered to many of the county communities participating in the program, 43 of the racks remain available for businesses in Longmont.
PACE advisors will help property owners find good spaces for the racks. Swank said the racks, bought by the county Transportation Department are worth about $100 each. All eligible locations can receive up to four bike racks each.
While the county doesn’t charge for the racks, recipients, are responsible for installation costs.
Swank said some businesses install the racks themselves, but the county also has a list of pre-qualified installers.
Longmont businesses and nonprofits can contact PACE at 303-786-7223 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information about the bike rack program. Longmont-area residents can also suggest bike rack locations by emailing email@example.com.
Bike-rack-eligible organizations located along Longmont’s Main Street outside of the Longmont Downtown Development Authority Area can also work directly with the city by calling transportation planner Ben Ortiz Ben at 303-774-4725 or emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Swank said the PACE bike rack program allocates bike racks in part on the basis of a community’s proportion of the county’s overall population, with about a third available for locations in Boulder, a third available for Longmont and the rest elsewhere in Boulder County.
He said that since the program began and the county began accepting applications in 2017, 67 bike racks have been delivered for installation at locations in Boulder, 64 in Longmont, 23 in Lafayette, 17 in Louisville, 13 in Nederland, 10 in Lyons, four in Niwot and 11 in various parts of unincorporated Bolder County.