COLUMBIA — Bicyclists might soon have more places to park their 10-speeds downtown.
As part of the GetAbout Columbia program, aimed at encouraging residents to walk and ride bikes to get about town, the city might install a new bike corral on Walnut Street.
The Columbia City Council will receive a report on the proposal at its Monday meeting.
The new bike corral would be installed on a trial basis on Walnut Street near Orr Street and would replace a metered parking spot, according to the report.
In 2008, the city installed a bike corral on Ninth Street in front of Kaldi's Coffee House.
The corral replaced a metered parking space and is currently delimited by temporary yellow posts.
Tim Carillo, a Kaldi's employee, said the rack is pretty full during the day, especially at noon and around 6 p.m.
“Lots of Kaldi's employees use this rack," Carillo said. "They don't have to pay for a parking lot, and it is really convenient. They should put a lot of those downtown.”
Acknowledging the success of the Ninth Street corral, the city is also now considering upgrading it by installing permanent black bollards to define the space.
Lisa Bartlett, owner of Artlandish Gallery at 1019 E. Walnut St., said she sees a lot of bikes chained to parking meters in the growing arts district around Walnut and Orr streets.
“It is sometimes hard to maneuver with a car when the bikes are chained like that,” Bartlet said. “I really like the idea of a rack.”
Carrie Gartner, director of the Special Business District Board, wrote a letter to the Public Works Department offering the board's support.
A GetAbout Columbia grant would fund the Ninth Street corral upgrades and the installation of the Walnut Street corral. The project would cost $2,500.