Free bike racks from the Energy Corridor District seek to encourage bicycling, while helping businesses add amenities
Watson’s House of Ales in Grisby Square will become the first business to participate in the Energy Corridor District’s bike rack program. HUSA Management, Inc., Watson’s parent company, recently completed a licensing agreement with the District to install the bike racks.
The new Energy Corridor District program is being offered free of charge to any business in the District.
It’s designed to add more convenient, safe and secure places to park a bike, says Peter Eccles, who is managing the program for the District. Installing bike racks, explains Eccels, will build on the variety of initiatives and master planning efforts the District has undertaken to improve the bicycling experience in West Houston.
The District will provide, install and maintain the bike racks. To get their own Energy Corridor-branded bike rack, businesses can fill out a brief application form, available by contacting Eccles at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The bike racks can also serve as public art, explains Eccles. Some of the bike racks will be placed in the public right-of-way at various locations in the District.
“We want to increase awareness that the Energy Corridor is a great place to ride a bike,” Eccles says. “The more businesses that offer secure bike racks, the more likely they are to draw bicyclists.”
The complimentary bike rack program will also enhance the District’s in-the-works Bcycle shared-bike rental program, Eccles explains. Installing bike racks will provide more places to securely park one of the Dash smart bicycles that will soon be found in the Energy Corridor.