Xenia unveils new bicycle racks

Xenia, a international bike destination at the intersection of four popular bike trails representing the nation’s largest paved trail networks, worked with the Greene County Career Center and Twist, Inc., to design 12 bike racks that will allow cyclists to secure their bicycles as they visit, work, shop or live.

“Bruno and I frequently ride on the bike trails in and around Xenia and we stop in our historic Downtown to eat or shop, or simply meet neighbors and friends along the way,” Xenia Mayor Marsha Bayless said in a written statement.

“Now, other cycling enthusiasts will be able to do the same and keep their bikes and cycling gear safely stowed nearby,” she said in the statement.

The city’s planning and zoning department recruited GCCC welding instructor Mike Thompson and his students to design and fabricate the ornamental bicycle racks, according to Lee Warren, a city spokesman.

The unique partnership signals the city’s recognition of the important economic development impact of cyclists on the local economy, as well as the potential of public-private partnerships to implement community improvements in a way that reduces taxpayer cost and provides an educational opportunity for local students, Warren said.

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