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18 New Bike Racks Coming to Latonia, 15 to 25 More Each Week in City

The new bike racks popping up across Covington are expected to do more than accommodate cyclists taking a break.

They could prompt a real economic impact, city officials hope.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last week at the location of one of the new racks, near Moonrise Doughnuts in Latonia.

The racks give bicyclists a secure place to lock their bikes and thus encourage their use for things like commuting to work and running errands, rather than just recreation, said Joe Koehl, president of the advocacy group Ride the Cov. Bikes provide environmental and health benefits as well as help "calming" traffic and reducing congestion, he said.

"People are looking for these benefits in the places they want to call home," Koehl said. "Walkability and bike-ability are key aspects of those places."

Ride the Cov is partnering with the City of Covington and a local nonprofit, Devou Good Project, which is providing the funding for the racks to be placed not just downtown but also in neighborhood business districts and parks.

Ride the Cov has 540 racks to install and will do so in stages, Koehl said.

On Thursday, a ribbon cutting was held to celebrate the first of those racks in Latonia, in front of Moonrise Doughnuts on Winston Avenue just down from Ritte's Corner.

Some eighteen racks will be installed in Latonia within the next week, Koehl said, and batches of 15 to 25 will be put in roughly each week this summer and fall. Homeworx Construction LLC of Fort Thomas is doing the work.

Ride the Cov continues to seek suggestions about where to put the racks. See its website, here, to suggest a spot.

-Staff report

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