Posted by Jonathan Maus ( Publisher/Editor ) on June 6th, 2007 at 5:21 pm
U-lock maker Kryptonite is partnering up with the City of Portland Office of Transportation (PDOT) to develop and install two new on-street bike parking “corrals” in the Pearl District.
The new bike parking structures will go in front of Pacific Northwest College of Art at NW 13th and Johnson and in front of Acorn Cafe at 539 NW 13th.
The deal calls for Kryptonite to fund the staple racks. The staples will be considered art racks and will be styled in the form of u-locks (which look like standard staple racks to begin with). They will also have a small (2×5 inch) Kryptonite sticker on them and, as per city policy for art racks, a plaque will be placed near the structure that says something likes, “Racks donated by Kryptonite.”
According to PDOT’s art rack program coordinator Linda Ginenthal, the partnership with Kryptonite was “serendipitous”,
“We’ve needed to do something in these areas for a long time. The current racks are always overflowing and we’ve already been in talks with business owners in both locations to find a solution. When Kryptonite came along and expressed interest we were thrilled.”
This is not the first time PDOT has worked with a corporate partner to fund bike parking. Fred Meyer has funded four different art racks throughout the city.