Bike Racks for Beacon

Bikeable Beacon held its second meeting on Saturday, January 22,  at Bank Square coffee house on Main Street in Beacon. In attendance were representatives from the Beacon Chamber of Commerce, the Beacon Conservation Advisory Committee, the activist group Beacon Deserves Better, and Peoples Bicycle. The group decided on two projects: getting several bicycle parking racks in the city, and a bike parade and support and festivities at the Beacon train station during Bike to Work week in May 2011.

The initial plan for bike racks is to have three placed in highly visible places, one each on the west and east ends, and one in the middle zone. Thomas Wright of Atlas Industries, a furniture making concern, said his company would be interested in designing and building a prototype rack. Future plans include applying for grants that include bicycle parking in the funding.

An outline for Bike to Work Week activities was discussed, including a Main Street parade on the preceding weekend to kick things off. During the week, the plan is to support people interested in commuting to the train station. This might include an information booth, coffee and bagels, and additional bike parking at the train station.

To get involved, go to Beacon Citizen Network and sign up for the Bikeable Beacon group.

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