When preparing for ArtPrize 2012, Grand Rapids, the second largest city in Michigan, decided to install approximately 40 more bike racks in its downtown area in order to accommodate the anticipated crowds. “We’ve got to do something quickly or we’ll have bicycles chained (to parking meters, trees, street signs and other things during ArtPrize),” stated Kristopher Larson, Downtown Development Authority Director.
CycleSafe provided the city with Classic™ U/2 Bike Racks manufactured of heavy-gauge steel pipe and coated with Plastisol rubberized coating for scratch resistance and rust protection. This rack design is the recommended standard by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicyclists Professionals (APBP) and meets government standards for short-term bike parking.
The city selected the Classic U/2 bike rack with a crossbar for the additional security measures against bike theft. The U/2 offers two points to lock a bike, with the crossbar eliminating a lock from being levered to the ground for breakage. The U/2 style rack provides security and stability for the bike, preserving pedestrian access aisles with bikes in a uniform, upright fashion.