Feb 16, 2016
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Students at Richmond High and Kennedy High currently have to lock up their bikes on fences, but that will soon change as the city has announced the upcoming purchase of 72 bike racks to be placed at the high schools and other city locations.

The $11,160 in vouchers derive from a Bay Area Air Quality Management District bike rack program. The city’s Engineering/Utilities Department has submitted successful applications for the funds for three straight years,  according to City Manager Bill Lindsay’s latest weekly newsletter.

The purchase of 72 racks will create a total of 186 new bike parking spaces in Richmond.

The order will particularly benefit Richmond High and Kennedy High, “where bikes currently have to be locked up to fences,” Lindsay’s newsletter reported.

Here’s what the full order will include (the images above are examples of the style of racks to be purchased):

  • “Decorative bicycle-shaped racks” will be placed prominently in front of Richmond High, Kennedy High, DeJean Middle School and the Civic Center.
  • Several “corral-style” racks will be installed at both Richmond High and Kennedy High. Each school will have a ‘corral’ accommodating 20 to 40 bicycles.
  • Arc-shaped racks will also be installed at Kennedy Swim Center, and a few more at the Richmond Plunge and West County Family Justice Center.

“These racks will not only provide new bike parking locations, but will also provide a welcoming statement of the City’s support for active transportation options,” Lindsay’s newsletter stated.

The installations are expected in spring or early summer.


  1. Hi there, we have a new solution for a bike parking network that negates theft and is multiuser. 72 units is 864 individual lockers or 186 is equivalent to 15.5 units.

    Louise Murphy | Feb 17th, 2016

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