Leave the Car at Home; Royal Oak Considers Bike Corrals

Where would you like to see bike corrals installed in downtown Royal Oak?

An on-street bike corral in Coronado, CA Credit: Patch File Photo
An on-street bike corral in Coronado, CA Credit: Patch File Photo
The Royal Oak City Commission unanimously approved directing staff to determine locations for downtown bike corrals at its meeting Monday at City Hall.

"We've seen increased popularity of biking in the city," said Mayor Pro-Tem Dave Poulton, who asked that staff come up with a list of appropriate locations and costs for bike corrals. He also asked that the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) consider funding the corrals.

Commissioner Mike Fournier suggested bike corrals play into an overall marketing strategy to welcome cyclists to do their business in downtown Royal Oak.

Location, location, location

"As a cyclist I always want to park as close to where I’m going as possible because locks are easily broken and you always want to keep an eye on your bike," said Commissioner Peggy Goodwin, adding, "It’s not like parking a car. Parking a bike is much more tenuous and needs a lot more thought."

City Manager Don Johnson told commissioners the DDA has discussed bike corrals on a couple of occasions and there has been informal discussion of removing on-street parking and putting a corral on the street.

Last year, Ferndale made history when it became the first community to install an on-street bike rack along Woodward Avenue. The Michigan Department of Transportation signed off on Ferndale's DDA plan to install a bright yellow, 12-bike rack in a former car parking space on the east side of Woodward just north of Nine Mile Road.

Where should downtown bike parking be located?

Bike parking is part of the non-motorized policy to ensure roadway development considers all types of transportation, including pedestrians, bicyclists, people with disabilities and others, as well as trains, buses and automobiles.

We want to hear from you, Royal Oak. Where would you like to see bike corrals downtown?

Patience February 06, 2014 at 11:18 AM
There are a few bike racks around the area. I think the city could use a few more though. Here is a list of just a few in or near the downtown area. Rite Aid, Rochester near Gardenia National Coney Island, 12 Mile and Main Detroit Zoo (main entrance) Main Theater (rear of building) Oakland County Community College, Washington and Lincoln (front and back entrances and one in the parking structure) Locations along streets throughout downtown, including: locations at Fourth 4th and Main, in front of Police Station on Third, and at Sixth and Main Starr Jaycee Park (near playground and shelter, by parking lot just off 13 Mile) Senior Community Center (north end of building) Royal Oak High School (back entrance across from football field) Northwood Elementary School (back of school and by playground) Royal Oak Public Library (front and back entrances) Hollywood Market on main (near the front entrance) I certainly think we could use more bike racks on Washington.
l.c. February 06, 2014 at 03:28 PM
why would anyone object to something as useful as a bicycle rack to protect against thieves unless they are a thief.there is also a rack at the Trek super store on Woodward N. of 12 mile.there was a locking stand at the post office but has not been replaced since repaving.
Michael S. February 06, 2014 at 05:08 PM
I am not against having bike racks but it seems like there are plenty in the city as it stands right now especially from the list of places that patience has posted. besides if the city plans to start having people ticketed who ride on the sidewalk i think that is going to deter people from coming to the area to ride since there are no designated bike lanes for safe travel the accident rates are probably going to increase making the city. it is not about supporting theft but thinking about things from a logical standpoint. the city wants to provide more parking for cyclists but doesn't want to increase the means in which the cyclists get to the racks to lock up their bikes. i can see if they decided to dedicate a bike lane or make safe bicycle travel possible so there is more of a demand for safe bike parking but right now it just seems ridiculous. also on a side note there is a bike rack at 4th and washington that seems to have been overlooked in someones list of bike racks.
l.c. February 06, 2014 at 09:32 PM
its not that difficult to walk a bicycle on the sidewalk & there are only 3 blocks at the most where one can not legally ride on the sidewalk soon.its not as big a deal as some suggest.also it may benefit those who have not read the long term goals of Non-motorized transportation plan. http://www.ci.royal-oak.mi.us/portal/webfm_send/1825
B Lans February 07, 2014 at 10:03 AM
Well put l.c. Common sense is to not ride bikes where there is a lot of pedestrians--cities everywhere have that rule though you wouldn't think they would have to. You're also right that this is addressed in the non-motorized plan and I also believe the recently revised master plan. It's a few bike racks strategically placed people! Lighten up!


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