If you live in Homer you may start to notice new bike racks popping up around the community in the next month. The work is the result of a partnership between the Homer Cycling Club and the City of Homer.
A bright blue bike rack featuring the logo of the cycling club has already appeared at Karen Hornaday Park. It is the first of what will be eleven similar bike racks set up around the community over the next month.
Chase Warren is the Vice President of the Homer Cycling Club. He says the idea to add the bike racks came about because of a lack of safe and convenient places for people to park their bikes.
"There aren't a lot of bike racks where people will actually use them," said Warren. "We thought ... it would just be a way to advertise that there are cyclists here (and) this is a city that is trying to promote safe ridership and a healthy relationship with bikes."
The first bike rack was a joint venture on the part of the club and the Homer Playground Project, or HOPP. The club commissioned the other eleven racks with help from the Bunnell Street Arts Center and the City of Homer. Warren says they received a great deal of assistance from Homer City Council member James Dolma.
He says the first rack installed at Karen Hornaday was also used by the club as a prototype for the new, soon to be installed racks.
"We used that as an illustration as what we thought a bike rack could look like ... artistic, functional and quality," he said. "It's made to last."
Warren says the club is hoping that having the new bike racks around town will encourage more people to start riding bikes and might send a message that Homer takes pride in proper bike safety.
The Homer Cycling Club’s bike racks have been ordered and are set to be installed around Homer during the month of September.