Ed! bike racks hit downtown | Ed! Says

By Cadence Clyborne, Advisory Board President | Jun 04, 2015

Ed!, in partnership with the Edmonds Bicycle Advocacy Group, has installed new bike racks all over town.

Parks Department employees installed 16 bike racks in late May and one more will be installed near the summer market in June.

The steel racks, shaped like an upside down “U,” are located throughout the downtown core in front of businesses along 5th, Main and Dayton. Ed!, the Bicycle Advocacy Group, downtown businesses and the city were involved and engaged in the location selections. A map is available on the Ed! website at www.edmondsdowntown.org.

Through input from community members and business owners in fall of 2014, Ed! board members, determined Edmonds did not offer adequate bicycle parking, discouraging those who would otherwise use their bikes to frequent the area.

In early 2015, Ed! volunteers hunkered down, with input from city staff, bicyclists and business owners, touring and taking an inventory of existing bike racks in the downtown core with the purpose of identifying potential sites for new racks.

A snazzy, customized Ed! bike rack was designed and produced by Sportworks in Woodinville. The custom racks were installed to promote biking and walkability, and to accentuate our downtown.

Ample, secure bike racks make Edmonds more attractive for businesses, residents and visitors. Ed! would love to put in more racks as additional needs are identified, so far the feedback has been excellent.

Ed! volunteers also recently implemented a transit ad campaign launched April 27 on King County Metro and Community Transit routes. Bus advertising is an excellent way to reach a large audience and offers high visibility with consistent daily views. Ads go where the people are and will be seen by pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists daily. It reaches every demographic; business people, shoppers and tourists alike.

The DelightEd! ad campaign features pictures taken in downtown Edmonds and will reach more than 7 million impressions over a two month period. Within two weeks of the campaign going live on bus routes throughout the Puget Sound, Ed! website users increased by 91 percent, guiding visitors to experience the myriad reasons to visit our beautiful downtown.

Ed! update

In late April, Ed! said goodbye to four board members as part of our annual election process. The dedication, volunteerism and commitment of David Arista (Arista Wine Cellars), Sally Merck (Merck Counseling Services), Paul Rucker (Saetia) and Mary Kay Sneeringer (Edmonds Bookshop) will be sorely missed, but their professional spirit will carry on in our newly elected board members, Jacob Comstock (Comstock Jewelers), Kimberly Koenig (Rogue), Clayton Moss (Forma) and John Rankin (J Rankin Jewellers).

In June, July and August the Ed! board will meet once monthly at the Edmonds Center for the Arts in Room 225 at 8 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month. Our next meeting is June 11.

Cadence Clyborne is a 30 year Edmonds resident, manager of a large downtown Edmonds engineering firm and President of the Members Advisory Board of Ed!, the Edmonds Downtown Alliance. For more information, visit edmondsdowntown.org/about-ed/.

 

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