Bike in­fra­struc­ture grows in Thun­der Bay

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - NEWS -

Some cy­cling paths and the odd bi­cy­cle rack here and there in front of a shop – five years ago, those fea­tures com­prised the bulk of Thun­der Bay, Ont.’s cy­cling in­fra­struc­ture. Cy­clist Adam Krup­per de­cided to find out why there were so few racks when he started work­ing for the City of Thun­der Bay seven years ago as its mo­bil­ity co-or­di­na­tor.

“Af­ter talk­ing with many busi­nesses around the city, I re­al­ized many shops wanted to have bi­cy­cle racks out­side, but didn’t know where to buy them, or how to in­stall them prop­erly to fit the city’s by­laws,” said Krup­per.

For the city, he cre­ated bi­cy­cle park­ing guide­lines for all build­ing own­ers. Bi­cy­cle racks started be­ing in­stalled in 2012 in front of busi­nesses that had ex­pressed in­ter­est. Krup­per checked in with all those busi­nesses to en­sure the new racks were up to stan­dard and would be con­ducive to cy­cling, snow re­moval and ac­ces­si­bil­ity. “I didn’t just want th­ese racks to be util­i­tar­ian,” Krup­per said. He worked with lo­cal artists who cre­ated art on the racks to re­flect the city’s his­tory.

An­other is­sue fac­ing the racks is the havoc snow can play on bi­cy­cle park­ing. Krup­per is work­ing with a com­pany called As­phalt An­chors to test the work­a­bil­ity of fas­ten­ers that al­low racks to be in­stalled quickly and re­moved eas­ily to fa­cil­i­tate snow plow­ing, while keep­ing them se­cure enough to han­dle frost heaves and would-be bike thieves.

With al­most 300 bi­cy­cle racks in­stalled since 2012, Krup­per’s ini­tia­tive has made a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment for Thun­der Bay cy­clists. Still, he is al­ready think­ing of the next step: more in­te­gra­tion of bi­cy­cle racks, shel­ters and long-term bi­cy­cle stor­age units in new build­ings around the city. He’s con­tin­u­ing to trans­form Thun­der Bay into a bi­cy­cle-friendly place.— Coburn­brown

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