homepage logo

Sanibel should get creative with its bike racks

By Staff | Apr 5, 2017

To the editor:

Sanibel is a cycling hub, a smaller version of Boulder, Colorado or Portland, Oregon. While the citizens and government of the island have done a beautiful job in bringing this about, the majority of bike racks on the island (with at least one exception: CVS) are a disappointment. A cyclist cannot easily lock both the front wheel and frame to most of them, as riders worldwide like to do. While those who rent bicycles are probably less inconvenienced by this, it is not so for the increasing number of riders who ride their own bikes here.

Worse, however, is that the existing racks exhibit little imagination. Other places enjoy signature designs unique to their environment that are also practical: the Three Rivers in a Circle for Pittsburgh and the $ on Wall Street in New York are examples. This Island is full of clever and creative folks who could easily design a practical rack that reminds us of what a special place Sanibel is. A modest fundraising effort, online or otherwise, could help businesses and others with the cost of installation.

Frank Williamson

A Longtime Visitor