Cyclists Nico Sivono

Cyclists Nico Sivono

Bike racks installed downtown

Trail is working toward becoming a bike-friendly community with the installation of bike racks downtown.

Trail is working toward becoming a bike-friendly community with the installation of bike racks downtown.

The hope is that more people will bike to and from work and feel confident about leaving their bikes locked up outside.

“People have been asking for them so we thought it would make the town a little bit more user friendly,” said Larry Abenante, public works manager.

Abenante and Kevin Jolly, chair of the Downtown Opportunities and Action Committee, toured Trail in search of key spots to set up bike racks.

Some have already been installed in front of Century 21, a few more will be placed outside of Kootenay Savings Credit Union next week and a couple more are slotted for Clives.

“A bike rack would be nice so you don’t have to lean it up against a store,” said 13-year-old Michael Moon, who was biking downtown with his buddies Nico Sivono and Dennis Grinblats Monday. “We do leave them unattended for a while, we just have to be careful but normally it’s pretty safe.”

Castlegar’s Eric VanHemert is pleased to see the city looking after its cycling public and thinks the racks will actually encourage more people to ride their bikes and stay active.

The bike racks were in storage until recently, getting a few touch ups before hitting the streets.