Beaufort officials hope 10 new bike racks will mean fewer bicycles chained to downtown street signs and lampposts.
The new racks are the result of a recent partnership between the city and Pathways Connect, a northern Beaufort County bicycling-advocacy group.
Six of the U-shaped racks have been installed since January, and four more await installation, according to city officials.
Bob Stoothoff, chairman of Pathways Connect, said the idea came from one of the group's members, who was concerned about the lack parking for bikes downtown.
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"We have a very bucolic community, and most of our roads are bike-able, but we were running into the problem of where do you put your bike when you want to go shop downtown or eat?" Stoothoff said.
Stoothoff formed a small committee comprising representatives from the city, Pathway Connect and Main Street Beaufort, USA, to determine how to fund the project and where to put the racks after they were purchased by Pathways Connect.
"We found 13 possible locations and were able to narrow that to eight locations where the racks would be installed," Stoothoff said.
Pathways Connect paid $1,500 for the racks, and the city Public Works Department will install and maintain them, Stoothoff said.
Bike racks have already been installed near City Hall on Boundary Street, at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park and on Scott Street near Blackstone's Cafe, according to city officials.
Additional racks in Cannon Park at the foot of the Richard Woods Memorial Bridge, on Port Republic Street and on Bay Street will be installed by the end of May or early June, Stoothoff said.
Hall Sumner, who served on Stoothoff's committee, said the bike racks will make downtown more enticing for local cyclists.
"It's just another way to attract people downtown," Sumner said. "Why drive that mile downtown when you could just as easily ride your bike?"