July 17, 2017
Who wants a FREE Bike Rack?
Biking around Iowa City could become even easier in the near future.
Last June, the Iowa City City Council announced through its strategic plan that it has its sights set on achieving a Gold-level designation from the League of American Bicyclists. This organization evaluates and grades communities in all 50 states with a bicycle-friendly assessment. Currently at a Silver designation, Iowa City and the University of Iowa have the highest rankings in the state.
For our annual Urban Acres Parade of Homes Bike Ride, we partnered with the Architecture, Construction & Engineering (ACE) Career Academy at Kirkwood Community College to design and build bike racks for each stop location. The ACE program takes place at the Kirkwood Regional centers in Hiawatha and Coralville and offers 12 college credits to high school students. Skills and knowledge developed in the program provide students with the necessary toolkit for further training for an entry-level career in the fields of architecture, construction and engineering.
Do you know of a school, business, or non-profit that would benefit from some extra bike parking? We are looking to donate these bike racks and would love to hear who could use them.
Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org! Bike racks will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing these racks full of bikes on sunny afternoons.