The Ottumwa Courier

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June 10, 2013

Bicycle racks open up city to riders

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"It sits down in a channel, so even if you forget the [magnetic bar], the odds of it coming up out of the channel are pretty slim," he said.

And the extra time it takes a passenger to secure their bike into the rack doesn't delay bus routes, he said.

Ottumwa Transit Advisory Board member Beth Brown said all major cities should take note and install bike racks on their buses.

"I think these would be great in all major cities, including Des Moines," Brown said. "It helps everyone. I'm glad the city paid attention to it."

Brown is confident that the bike racks will gain popularity as more and more people see them being used.

Wes Westmoreland, who launched the initiative to get bike racks on buses alongside Tom Ellis, said he's glad to have them on the buses and even happier that they weren't taxpayer-funded.

"It furthers the trails initiative, it helps make a healthier Ottumwa and it helps Indian Hills," Westmoreland said. "If students have class late at night, they can take the bus up north with their bike and then ride their bike back home. Plus it saves with the work of going up those hills. It also helps those who don't have a job or a license get to Iowa Workforce Development or the Social Security office. It gets them other places than just downtown."

— To follow reporter Chelsea Davis on Twitter, head to @ChelseaLeeDavis.

 

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