Another heavily trafficked area of Columbia will soon join the ranks of those set to get a bike corral – the second such announcement in a matter of weeks.
Five Points will be among those districts to have a bike corral installed later this summer. It’s part of the same effort, approved by the city, to get corrals in the Vista and on Main Street.
Similar in design to those in Portland, Ore., or Raleigh, N.C., the new parking structures will hold anywhere from 10 to 14 bikes each. The corrals will be the first of their kind in the state, bike enthusiasts say, in that they are typically installed in an on-street parking space, encouraging cyclists to bike on the road.
Five Points is planning to install its corral in a space in front of Greek Store & More. But Saluda Avenue will not lose any car parking, Merritt McHaffie, director of the Five Points Association, said.
The district plans to convert a loading zone down the block in front of Loose Lucy’s into a parking space. The new corral will use a pre-existing spot across from the Five Points fountain.
With parking at a premium in the area, the association, she said, wanted to make sure it preserved what space it had.
“Five Points has a pretty unique parking problem with no centrally located garages,” she said. “... So it’s a win-win for us.”
John Green, owner of Cycle Center in Five Points, also thinks it’s a win-win.
“With the whole Five Points resurgence with ... a lot of things we’re doing to make it more people friendly and pedestrian friendly, this is just the latest,” he said. “We’re heading in the right direction.”
The corrals will cost about $1,200 each and will be paid for in part by organizations such as the Five Points Association, with a one-to-one match from the city.
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