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Businesses Needed for Placement of Bike Racks in Covington

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly noted that the deadline for businesses to apply is Friday. Contractors needed to install have until Friday. Businesses can apply any time. RCN regrets the error.

Friday is the deadline for contractors interested in installing bike racks in Covington as part of a new project have until Friday to apply.

Businesses interested in having a bike rack, or "staple", attached to its Covington sidewalk can respond throughout the year.

The Devou Good Project and Ride the Cov announced the plan to install five hundred such racks across the city.

Devou Good, which is funding the purchase and installation of the racks, is working with Ride the Cov to establish Covington as a bike-friendly place.

"We can't wait to get the racks installed," said Matt Butler of Devou Good. "This is a tangible step that will encourage the use of bikes to get around, and riders have been asking about the racks ever since we started working on them."

To see the request for proposals, click here. Questions can be sent to Butler at [email protected].

The Covington city commission approved a legal agreement related to the racks last Tuesday with Devou Good.

The racks would create secure places to lock up bikes not only in the downtown area but also in neighborhood business districts and parks. Ride the Cov continues to seek suggestions about where to put the racks. See its website to suggest a spot.

One such rack - a black pipe structure anchored to a sidewalk "bump-out" - was installed earlier this spring on Pike Street across from City Hall as a demonstration, and city employees say it's in constant use.

-Staff report

Photo: Bike rack on Pike Street (provided)