MassBike PV Salvages Bike Racks

What school, town or city doesn’t need more secure bicycle parking?  Thanks to quick action by two MassBike members in the Pioneer Valley, 10 inverted-U bike racks that were headed for the dump have been salvaged and will be returned to service.  

After determining the racks were too beat-up to re-use, UMass Amherst had removed them to make way for new ones. UMass math professor and MassBiker Mike Sullivan snagged the racks without hesitation and stored them temporarily in his office until further action could be taken. Later on, I (MassBike Pioneer Valley Chapter President) borrowed a utility trailer from Pedal People and pedaled all ten racks from Amherst to Northampton along the Norwottuck Rail Trail—about 350 lbs for almost ten miles.  It was an understandably slow but uneventful ride, and the racks are now awaiting decisions about where to site them.  The current plan calls for 5 city-owned sidewalk or school locations and 5 private establishments that serve the cycling public, such as grocery stores and cafes.

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3 Responses to MassBike PV Salvages Bike Racks

  1. Jessica Montalino September 29, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

    Right on! It would be amazing if one of those is put at the Stop in Shop on Northampton street in Holyoke. That whole shopping plaza is lacking bike parking, no matter how many times I request they put one in. My son and I bike to that plaza often and we hook our bike in the cart return area (and get reprimanded often) it’s really my only resort. Cheers to MassBike for such an amazing salvage!

  2. James Lowenthal September 29, 2011 at 10:46 pm #

    Good idea! If you can provide contact info for a manager there, we’ll get in touch and see if we can’t bring one or two racks in for them to install.

  3. RobKusner September 29, 2011 at 11:07 pm #

    I believe these were paid for from a grant the Town of Amherst got with UMass about 10-15 years ago.
    Did anyone check whether the Town of Amherst was interested in “getting them back” before they were hauled across the river? Good to see them not “go to waste” but if their provenance is in doubt, this hardly seems like something to be crowing about… especially alongside a note about the new DA! 😉