City to consider installing second bike corral downtown

Sunday, February 20, 2011 | 4:05 p.m. CST; updated 4:23 p.m. CST, Sunday, February 20, 2011
This temporary bike corral is located on the corner of Ninth Street near Cherry Street in front of Kaldi's Coffee House. The City Council will consider a proposal Monday to make this bike corral a permanent area and to add another bike corral downtown on Walnut Street near Orr Street.

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.

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Gregg Bush February 20, 2011 | 5:02 p.m.

As one who frequents downtown, almost exclusivly by bicycle, I love this corral and love the idea of more. Great story, Laura! Though, my bike has 8 speeds not 10. Thanks for the info.

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Linda Eberwein February 20, 2011 | 9:50 p.m.

If the City finances are as bad as they say they are the
City Council needs to get they're priorities straight.
Honestly do we really need to have these corrals added
now..Sure put some of the bike racks out..but a corral..
Really(it wont be but a few months and they will change
their mind and remove them anyway). They don't have them
in the big cities (so why do we) Oh,that's right Columbia
is a want to be big city, until it comes to the gangs
and drugs and traffic problems. Then its completely
lost in what to do. I have lived here all my life and
this town has had its good times (well budgeted council)
then other times(lately).Ive been ashamed to say I live here
(I'm really hoping that this council will be a smart one
and actually balance the cities budget by getting their
Priorities Straight.

Then these get about Columbia bicycles painted on the
streets which were to show bike lanes take up the whole lane.
What's wrong with this picture? It was a big waste of money.
Honestly you really think people riding bikes downtown follow
those signs around town to get where they want to go..
Have get about Columbia maps if you really want something
to show bike riders how to get around..and make them on recycle paper.

Also what is this crap where cars can't honk at a bicycle.
would it be better to hit them or honk to get the attention as
you would a driver of a car. When I rode a bike around towns I
paid attention to what was going on around me. I had to have a
license for my bike so if I was a hazard someone could call the
police. As many bikes as we have here in Columbia there should be
a license or tag of some type on the back of the bikes so they can be
reported since drivers are not to honk or yell at something stupid
the rider is doing.(for instance going up the street the wrong
way, running stop signs or riding on the sidewalk.. things that CARS
can't do YET they get away with.

Oh and the cost of the license and taxes should help pay for
the bike projects AND I'm not the only one here in Columbia that
feels this way.. we just figure it wont do any good to say
anything because the council and Mayor will do what they want. AND make us
pay for it one way or another. I really wish I could do public
speaking because I would have run for the council and help get the
priorities straight..You have to know how to do that in budgeting when
you live on 10-15,000 a year if your lucky. Which is how a lot of
Columbian's live WE don't have the money for more taxes or things like this..

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Ricky Gurley February 20, 2011 | 10:40 p.m.

Hey! It costs money to pay attorneys to defend police officers in Federal Lawsuits. No wonder the city of Columbia is "broke".......

Ricky Gurley.

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Bill Fisher February 21, 2011 | 4:38 a.m.

I like that we're getting a second bike coral, but I think somewhere along Broadway or further south on 9th would be a better location.

Hey, Linda Eberwein, seriously, take the stick outta your butt and calm down. Bicycles were around before automobiles, and most of us cyclists abide by the same road rules on our bikes as we do in our cars. If that occasionally involves riding my bike directly down the center of a lane with dangerous potholes or possible car doorings on the side, so be it.

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Derrick Fogle February 21, 2011 | 11:49 a.m.

Far better and more effective use of space than taxi stands. That's for sure.

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Jason Entermyer February 21, 2011 | 12:41 p.m.

Wow Linda Eberwein. Your first and only Missourian comment is a looooong rant on bikes? Frankly, I don't get the animosity that is getting dumped on bike riders in this town. I've only been here 5 years but why wouldn't we want a bike and pedestrian friendly community? As I read it, the funds came from the feds and can only be used for this purpose. They can't be used for cops or fire or other things that others feel are "priorities." Plus, with the forecast of $4/gallon gas this summer, I'm going to have to get me a bike!

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Jimmy Bearfield February 21, 2011 | 1:59 p.m.

"I've only been here 5 years but why wouldn't we want a bike and pedestrian friendly community?"

We had one long before GetAbout and PedNet. I've been here 25 years and never, ever found it difficult to get where I needed on foot or by bike.

Sharrows are just ridiculous. Anyone who believes they encourage sharing is kidding himself. If you're that worried about getting hit by a car, ride on the sidewalk. It's not as if they're packed with people outside of the urban core, and contrary to what GA and PN like to claim, I've never come close to getting hit by a car because I was riding on the sidewalk.

"As I read it, the funds came from the feds and can only be used for this purpose. They can't be used for cops or fire or other things that others feel are 'priorities.'"

The problem is that federal grant isn't perpetually ongoing. The cost of maintaining and expanding what the grant funded will be borne entirely by Columbia taxpayers. So when the grant ends, the bike stuff will be competing with cops, roads, etc. for a single, finite pot of money.

"Plus, with the forecast of $4/gallon gas this summer, I'm going to have to get me a bike!"

Good for you. You shouldn't be any harder to spot than I am because the last time it was flirting with $4, I could ride all over town and never see another cyclist. But most cars had only one person inside.

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Dave Overfelt February 21, 2011 | 2:53 p.m.

There are significant misunderstandings about riding bikes in Columbia and around the nation. As a daily cyclist, my life is regularly threatened by motor vehicles. If anyone would actually like to begin learning about biking, try this article:

A few things:
-Bike lanes make cyclists and pedestrians safer.
-Riding on the sidewalk is illegal.

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Jimmy Bearfield February 21, 2011 | 3:18 p.m.

Dave, riding on the sidewalk is illegal only in the urban core. The ordinance probably was written that way because then as now, the sidewalks are lightly used outside of downtown. If you don't believe me, I invite you to ride or walk Broadway outside of downtown, or any stretch of old 63.

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Derrick Fogle February 21, 2011 | 3:43 p.m.

Linda wants Bike Plates? I Haz 'Em!

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Louis Schneebaum February 21, 2011 | 3:44 p.m.

I ride my bike on the sidewalk outside of downtown... Only illegal in the CBD. Bike parking? Cool, whatever. I haven't had any trouble with it yet and I bike every day but I probably doesn't cost too much to put in a bike corral so y'know... big deal.

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Derrick Fogle February 21, 2011 | 4:26 p.m.

Hey Linda, want bikes to be prohibited from roads they didn't pay for?

Bicycles are prohibited from some 55,000 miles of highways in the US; namely, the Interstate Highway system. These highways are by far the costliest roadways to build. When you add up all the money spent on interstate highways so far, it roughly matches the total amount of fuel taxes, road fees, and the like come to.

So your wish has been granted! Bicyclists are prohibited from the roadways they did not pay for. That leaves the rest of the municipal, county, and state roads, which are paid for with other taxes that cyclists pay just like others, available for use by bicyclists.

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