Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on March 23rd, 2011 at 11:44 am
The Portland Parks and Recreation bureau is putting the finishing touches on new bike racks near the Naito Fountain area in Waterfront Park. We noticed work crews at the site yesterday and contributor Jim Parsons snapped a photo for us this morning...
Saturday Market in Waterfront Park this morning.
(Photo: Jim "K'Tesh" Parsons)
We got in touch with Parks PIO Beth Sorensen to learn more. Sorensen says demand for bike parking outstripped supply at the location last year. The racks are used by customers of the popular Saturday Market that moved to this location last year.
"We knew we might need to add more when the Saturday Market first moved over to that area," Sorensen tells us, "but we wanted to wait a full season to confirm that. Bikes were being chained to trees and fences around the Market, so we doubled the number as they begin their 2011 season."
With the addition of seven additional bike racks on the Waterfront path, Sorensen says they've doubled bike parking in the area from seven to 14 racks — enough space for 28 bicycles.