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No bike racks at our sports parks

Original post made by Sport Family, Palo Verde, on Apr 11, 2009

I have just returned from Hoover Park and was surprised to find that there is no safe place to lock bikes. Many of the players and their families use bikes and there is nowhere to lock them. Many people keep their bikes unlocked by the bleachers, but for players, they are unable to keep an eye on their bikes while concentrating on the games. For a would be thief who has seen a player arrive on their bike they know that if they take the bike it won't be missed until after the game and no one is probably watching it. What doesn't look suspicious is someone riding a bike away from a park as no one knows it isn't the rider's. It would be interesting to know if there are statistics for bikes reported stolen at parks during sports games.

Is this an oversight on those who planned the remodel at Hoover Park, or has someone decided that bike racks at parks are just too expensive? I think bike racks at our parks should be considered basic park amenities.

We have money for artwork at our parks, why not bike racks?

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Posted by Sarah
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 11, 2009 at 11:44 am

There are too few bike racks at parks, too few bike racks at schools, too few bike racks at stores, too few bike racks at restaurants, and too few bike racks at business offices. If we want to encourage non-gas-guzzling transportation around town, we need to provide secure and convenient parking for bicycles.

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Posted by Sarah
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 11, 2009 at 11:46 am

P.S. Millions of our property and sales tax dollars are used to build expensive fancy parking garages around town. We need to spend just a small fraction of that money for non-gas-guzzling transportation.

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Posted by Sports Family
a resident of Palo Verde
on Apr 12, 2009 at 9:42 am

Perhaps Paul Losch could comment on this one.

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