Where are the bikes?
The racks take up parking spaces in some locations, but hopefully the bikes will compensate for the cars. There was a rack on Matilda in front of the elementary school, but the school needed the street parking more than they wanted the bikes so the racks were taken out in that location.
One more location was to be placed in Coconut Grove, giving us six locations, counting Vizcaya, but proponents for parking spaces fought that. Now the Bike Coconut Grove group has formed a petition to get the two other bike racks. I'm not sure what the Grove is going to do with six racks, but they feel they are needed. I can understand why people would fight the racks due to the fact that they were taking up parking which seems to be less and less these days around here. Just a few years ago the problem near The Grove Spot was taxis taking up all the spaces while they waited for fares from the Mayfair Hotel, but those taxis could easily be moved, the bike racks, of course, are permanent. Here's the petition.
Bike Coconut Grove runs the free valet service at the Thursday green market which will be back in January. I guess if you want more info on this you can talk to Hank and his crew there. I'm thinking the solution would be to wait and see how the three racks in Center Grove go. Will the bikes be used or just sit there? Let's hope they are used.
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