Bike racks donated in effort to foster Derry economic developmentBy HUNTER McGEE
Union Leader Correspondent
July 21. 2014 8:03PM
DERRY — Several local businesses recently donated three removable bike racks in an effort to help revitalize the downtown area.
The racks will contribute to the Town Council’s goal of fostering economic development downtown, according to officials. Town councilors accepted the donation of the bike racks, which are valued at approximately $2,000, in their meeting last week.
Rockingham Trail riders will be able to stop and secure their bicycles to visit downtown businesses and other civic events such as the Farmer’s Market, according to officials.
Councilor Joshua Bourdon said the project is a good move, as it will draw more young people to the downtown and help boost the local economy.
“That bike rack is going to bring in more people to those local businesses on Manning Street,” Bourdon said. “It cost the taxpayers nothing, and I appreciate everyone who was involved in that.”
The businesses approached the town through contacts at the Greater Derry-Londonderry Chamber of Commerce, Public Works Director Michael Fowler wrote in a report this month to the council.
The racks will be installed at three locations in town: the corner of Manning Street and East Broadway (opposite the Pocket Park and Granary); Derry Municipal Center, north entrance; and the Municipal Center’s south entrance.The bike racks’ design has been approved by Public Works and will be installed upon delivery, Fowler wrote. There is no direct cost to the town to purchase the bike racks, Fowler wrote.
Town labor will be used to install the bike racks and Derry will be responsible for the racks’ maintenance and upkeep.