ARTISTIC BIKE RACK INSTALLATION MARKS HOWELL’S EFFORT TO BECOME A BIKE-FRIENDLY COMMUNITY
Today, Friday, June 17, Downtown Howell will install the first of several Artistic Bike Racks that will provide both a functional and artistic element to the downtown area. The first Bike Rack will be installed outside of the Dairy Queen after the location was selected and voted on by City Council and City staff at Council's meeting last Monday, June 13.
The Bike Rack project has been part of a 5-year effort led by the Main Street DDA, along with Howell Rotary's Tour de Livingston, the City of Howell, the Howell Chamber Placemaking team, and other passionate bicycle enthusiasts in the community.
“We are thrilled to be installing these unique and usable Bike Racks,” said Cathleen Edgerly, Howell Main Street DDA executive director. “This is the result of a true, cooperative effort between public and private sectors working toward making Howell a better place to live, work and play.”
The Bike Racks were designed by Howell Main Street Design committee members along with Jim Roth of Hell Creek Forge, and built in Roth’s Hell Creek Forge studio by Roth and Howell City Council member and DDA Design Committee volunteer Michael Mulvahill. Once the installation is complete, artist Stacy Karns will paint the Bike Racks in a vintage-inspired style that will be both decorative and functional, providing protection to the metal.
A formal dedication ceremony will be held with all bike rack sponsors at a future date.
Future bike designs will be unveiled throughout the summer. Once additional Bike Racks have been installed, a map and promotional pieces will be available at downtownhowell.org
The downtown Bike Rack project is generously sponsored by: Citizens Insurance, Kellogg Family Foundation (sponsoring 3 bike racks), Peter Bowen of Morgan Stanley and Council member Steve Manor