ROCHESTER, Minn. – More bike racks are in downtown Rochester, bright blue and with Mayo Clinic branding, they’re hard to miss.
Mayo Clinic is installing 200 of the racks on its campuses and downtown from this fall to next Spring to encourage more people to get pedaling. Depending on if people use them, Mayo will add more racks to further increase bicycle commuting.
Nathaniel Barmore works at Mayo and is an avid biker. He said he’s happy to see the racks and hopes it gets more people biking. For him, more bikers on the road means safer roads.
“The more cyclists on the road, the more likely you are to be used to be seeing bicyclists on the road and the more likely you are to plan for it as a motorist,” he said.
He’s also a fan of the design of the bike racks. Specifically, he said the thick poles and bolts on the ground make locking a bike there more secure. The loop design also allows bikes to be locked on both sides of the rack.
“And just the basic loop like that is really helpful because there's all different shapes of bicycles,” Barmore said. “These are great bike racks. I'd love to see more like this.”
According to Mayo Clinic the design of the branded bike racks was specifically selected to make locking a bike more secure.
“Older style racks do not support the recommended dual-locking and will therefore be removed and recycled as they are replaced with the new racks in more strategic locations more supportive of bicycle commuting,” Mayo Clinic said via email.
The new racks will be installed in more visible locations and around buildings with busy entry for staff and patients.
The bike racks are available for all patients and visitors, not just Mayo employees.