Letter to Editor: Bike racks needed

To the Editor:

I have been reading about the new parking plan in Bar Harbor and its goal seems to be discouraging car traffic in town. This presumably means that they want to encourage biking and walking. If that’s the case, what I don’t understand is the lack of quality bike racks provided by the town.

I recently surveyed the downtown parking lots and public places and what I found was upsetting. The results of my survey showed that there were no bike racks in any of the public parking lots and only six on public property which could hold a total of about 30 bikes.

Furthermore, as an avid biker myself, I bike into town often and the only decent bike rack in town that I would use is the one in front of the library, because it’s the only one that doesn’t scratch my bike and keeps it upright and secure. Other rack designs that I found in town crowd bikes or leave them susceptible to falling over and getting scratched.

If the town of Bar Harbor wants to encourage people to ride their bikes instead of taking their cars they need to put more quality bike racks in town. I think the town should add more bike racks similar to the one at the library, and there should be one in every major parking lot.

Patrick Walter Hall

Bar Harbor

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