Fort Wayne’s Historic West Central Neighborhood cut the ribbon Monday on a new bicycle corral at the intersection of Berry and Union streets downtown.
The bike corral cost $2,300 and can hold up to 18 bicycles, said Tyler Bowers, marketing chair for the Historic West Central Neighborhood.
“The bike corral was kind of a creation from a couple of our board members who in personal travel have gone to bigger East and West Coast cities, particularly Portland (Oregon), where you’ll see these bike corrals,” Bowers said, adding that the neighborhood hopes the corral will encourage more people to ride their bicycles around downtown.
“As one of Fort Wayne’s downtown, urban neighborhoods, there are people who bike to work or go to TinCaps games or festivals downtown.”
The funds for the corral came from a combination of neighborhood association dues and money raised through the annual Home and Garden Tour, Bowers said.
A news release from Historic West Central said the bike corral is the first public one to be installed in Fort Wayne.
″(We hope) this would create an impetus for other neighborhoods to put in their own bike corral, Bowers said. “We’re hoping to do more in the future. There are no specific sites yet, but we’ll take input we get from this and learn from it.”
The bike corral is free for public use, Bowers said, describing the installation as a public amenity for neighborhood residents and visitors alike.