The four downtown bike racks are the “sons and daughters” of Cindi the Cyclist and her partner BikeLakeland. Cindi is the artistic bike rack located in Munn Park across from Nathan’s Mens Store. To make the downtown racks easier to find, they’re all painted yellow. Playfully named like Cindi, the racks are “Gigi” (Kentucky at Traders Alley), “Celso” (Lemon at Kentucky), “Haru” (Tennessee at Main), and “Sophie” (Pine at Tennessee).
Today “Frances” joined her brothers and sisters to help cyclists find a place to park. Like the others, Frances is a 3′ tall yellow metal culicues bike racks sponsored by the BikeLakeland initiative. Unlike her siblings, Frances is not based on a street corner in the merchant district. She was placed across from the Amtrak Train Station on Main Street by the Frances Langford Promenade. She is set to serve recreational cyclists coming downtown to ride Lake Mirror or walk the promenade. She also stands as a bike-friendly beacon for visitors arriving by train.
Update: We left out a huge thank you to the City of Lakeland Public Works and Parks & Recreation staff for donating their labor and materials to install Frances!
As you move about Downtown you may notice that some yellow curlicues have sprouted on select street corners. The 3′ tall metal culicues are bike racks sponsored by the BikeLakeland initiative. The private organization chose downtown as the starting point in its effort to establish Lakeland as a “bike friendly” city.
BikeLakeland is a group of bicycling enthusiasts in Lakeland, Florida. Our group believes strongly that Lakeland can become one of Florida’s premier bike friendly communities. The BikeLakeland mission is to bring together Lakeland area bicyclists, business people, and city employees to increase awareness to effect positive change for bicycle riders in this area.
The four downtown bike racks are the “sons and daughters” of Cindi the Cyclist and her partner BikeLakeland. Cindi is the artistic bike rack located in Munn Park across from Nathan’s Mens Store. To make the downtown racks easier to find, they’re all painted yellow.
Playfully named like Cindi, the racks are “Gigi” (Kentucky at Traders Alley), “Celso” (Lemon at Kentucky), “Haru” (Tennessee at Main), and “Sophie” (Pine at Tennessee). A fifth bike rack is planned, but the committee chose to delay the installation in hopes of getting public feedback about the best location for the last Downtown rack.
In addition to the work of the many members of BikeLakeland, generous donations were made by Spring Obsession and CSX. Donations to BikeLakeland are channeled through the Community Foundation of Greater Lakeland and can be made online at http://BikeLakeland.com.
BikeLakeland is a true public-private partnership. The organization consists of interested citizens and city staff who volunteer their time. Community Development staff guided the bike rack project through City Hall, and Public Works donated labor for the installation.
BikeLakeland would like to thank the following city employees who gave their time and expertise to make these bike racks possible: Tamara Sakagawa, Nicole Travis, Chuck Barmby, Rick Lilyquist, David Uria, Mike Whigham, Warren Bryant, Pam Page, Kim Stopiak, and Manuel Fields.
BikeLakeland is happy to announce the placement of their first bike rack downtown. “Gigi” was installed this morning at 9:16 am at 233 North Kentucky Avenue (the Southeast corner of Traders Alley and North Kentucky Ave.). Three additional racks will be installed today — weather permitting.
We’ll have a more formal “thank you” later today, but we wanted to send special thanks this morning to Spring Obsession for giving BikeLakeland their first donation and to Tamara Sakagawa, who guided the bike rack project through City Hall.
The new art in Munn Park is Cindi the Cyclist. Purchased by the City of Lakeland, Cindi is actually a bike rack. I’ve seen a few bikes locked to the tree in front of Cindi, so I made sure to lock my bike to Cindi last week while working downtown.
To whom do you lock your bike?