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Up to 500 bike racks would be installed in Covington under group's plan

Posted: 11:33 AM, Mar 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-07 21:39:17Z
Covington bike racks

COVINGTON, Ky. — Bicyclists in Covington may soon have access to hundreds of bike racks at no cost to the city or taxpayers.

Members of Ride the Cov, an advocacy group that pushes for bike-friendly enhancements to the community, presented its Bicycle Parking Initiative to city leaders Tuesday.

Ride the Cov would like to create a website where residents could request specific locations where they’d like bike racks installed. Each rack, accommodating two bikes, and installation would be funded by the Devou Good Project, according to Joe Koehl, president of Ride the Cov.

Koehl said as many as 500 racks could be installed throughout Covington under his group’s plan.

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"I personally believe that one per block is not too many," he told members of the Covington City Commission.

One rack was recently installed on Pike Street across from Covington City Hall as a demonstration, according to a city of Covington news release. It was in use much of the day Tuesday.

Commission staff members are drawing up a legal agreement that could be approved by the commission in weeks. The locations of the bike racks also require approval from the city’s Public Works Department and the city would be included in the selection of a contractor.

If the pieces come together, Ride the Cov leaders hope to have bike racks installed in public areas starting in May which is National Bike Month.