Cycling News
New bike racks in Norfolk

Norfolk County has just gotten a little more bike-friendly.

Cyclists now have more options to safely lock up their bikes after the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit and public works department installed 50 bike racks throughout the county over the summer.

“Our original plan was to focus on installing racks at county facilities like the libraries, administration buildings, museums and community centres,” said Michele Crowley, health promoter for the health unit.

Interest from area businesses prompted county staff to install racks curbside in the downtown cores as well, Crowley added.

The county hopes the new bike racks will encourage more residents to leave their cars at home and cycle to their destinations.

“It’s far easier to lock up your bike and walk into a shop than to have to circle looking for a parking spot for your car,” said Crowley. “It’s also much more environmentally friendly.”

Local cyclist Alyson Thomson is one Norfolk resident who relies on her bike to get around town and do errands.

“The new bike racks are great because now I don’t have to spend time looking for a pole or a tree to lock my bike to,” Thomson said. “It’s nice to see more support for people who don’t have a car or don’t want to use it if you’re just going down the street for groceries.”

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