More colourful new bike racks have been installed around town and are being well-used. (City of Vernon photo)

New bike racks pop up in North Okanagan

City rolls out colourful additions

Colourful new bike racks have sprouted up around downtown Vernon. These new racks will help address the need for convenient and secure bicycle parking for residents and visitors enjoying our vibrant downtown.

Last year, the Downtown Vernon Association (DVA) requested that the City improve bicycle parking in the downtown core by adding new bike racks and piloting a seasonal on-street bicycle corral in front of the Marten Brew Pub.

“We are pleased with the economic impact the bicycle corral had and we will be putting forth a recommendation that it be installed again in 2020 along with an additional bicycle corral in the 3400 block,” said DVA Events and Promotions Coordinator Dudley Coulter. “The DVA will continue to advocate for improved bicycle infrastructure in the downtown core as it creates economic vitality, beautifies our streets and makes more vehicle parking available.”

To help promote the new colourful bikes racks, the DVA launched a social media contest on Monday, Nov. 4 on Facebook.

“We are asking cyclists to accept the challenge of finding all of the new racks and uploading their best guess along with a photo of them using one of the racks,” said Coulter. The winner will receive a high-end bicycle lock courtesy of Vernon E-Ride.

Older downtown bike racks will also be getting a much-needed makeover. This week, existing black bike racks will be temporarily removed and refurbished in bright colours.

“Bright colours are about more than looks,” said Active Transportation Coordinator Angela Broadbent. “Highly visible bike parking discourages theft and is easier for cyclists to spot.”

Cyclists are reminded to use a high-quality lock, preferably a u-style lock, and to secure both their frame and wheels for maximum security.

READ MORE: Party planned for Vernon’s Shanda Hill

READ MORE: Traffic disruptions to come along Okanagan Landing Road


@VernonNews
newsroom@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Heat drop five-set battle to Huskies

Heats’ Shawn Zao impressed in his first outing of the conference season

Moalin’s 20 point night not enough to beat Cascades

The Heat fell to the Cascades (87-69)

Heat defeat Huskies in five-set nail biter

Jade Bussard would lead the way for the Heat finishing with 16 kills and 13 digs

Penticton United Church welcomes Makers’ Market Nov. 23

From baking, to knitting, to toys and everything in between, get your Christmas shopping done early

Big White receives 17 cm of snow

Opening day is only a couple weeks away, scheduled for Nov. 28

Teen with cancer whose viral video urged Canadians to vote has died, uncle tweets

Maddison Yetman had been looking forward to voting in her first federal election since junior high school

Rowing Canada, UVic investigate celebrated coach for harassment, abuse

Lily Copeland says she felt intimidated and trapped by Williams

Cleanup in the works after tanker truck fire leads to oil spill in B.C.’s Peace region

The province said the majority of the spilled oil likely burned away in the fire.

BC VIEWS: Action needed on healthcare workplace violence

While we’ve been talking about it, the number of B.C. victims has only grown

Closing arguments begin in B.C. case launched in 2009 over private health care

Dr. Day said he illegally opened the Cambie Surgery Centre in 1996 in order to create more operating-room time

MacLean says “Coach’s Corner is no more” following Cherry’s dismissal from Hockey Night

Cherry had singled out new immigrants in for not honouring Canada’s veterans and fallen soldiers

MacKinnon powers Avs to 5-4 OT win over Canucks

Vancouver battled back late to pick up single point

Dallas Smith, Terri Clark to perform on CP Holiday Train’s B.C. stops

Annual festive food bank fundraiser rolling across province from Dec. 11 to 17

Poole’s Land finale: Tofino’s legendary ‘hippie commune’ being dismantled

Series of land-use fines inspire owner Michael Poole to sell the roughly 20-acre property.

Most Read