There are a pair of new, bright red bike racks in front of City Hall near the corner of Sixth Street and Jefferson Street in Downtown Louisville. The two bike-shaped racks were paid for with discretionary funds from Councilman David Tandy, who represents Downtown and surrounding neighborhoods.
Rolf Eisinger, pedestrian and bike coordinator at Bike Louisville, said he helped implement the project for Tandy, providing a few options and colors for the councilperson to choose from. Tandy didn’t return emails requesting additional information.
The bike racks can accommodate four bikes and are inspired by the Bike Federation logo, according to its manufacturer, Madrax, and ten percent of the purchase price went to the federation’s efforts to improve cycling.
The racks are located on Sixth near the corner of Congress Alley, next to the large fire escape stair on City Hall’s north side. They join other bike racks in the area such as the artsy rack in Jefferson Square, another artsy rack in front of the Hall of Justice, a rack in front of Metro Corrections.
Now, how about a few bike parking spaces in front of the Old Jail Building on Liberty Street for those who bike to Metro’s plentiful public meetings there?
UPDATE: Thursday, September 24, 2015: Tandy today dedicated the new bike racks in honor of Councilman Tom Owen, who can frequently be seen pedaling his own bike throughout Louisville. Owen has been a strong cycling advocate for the city.
“The dedication of these bike racks is our attempt as a legislative body to recognize and honor Councilman Owen’s service to the people of Louisville and his long standing advocacy for cyclists here in Jefferson County,” Tandy said in a statement.