Bicycle racks have been placed at eight locations in the downtown Greenfield area. It's hoped that bicyclists will venture off the Pennsy Trail, park and explore downtown. (Kyle Lewis/Daily Reporter graphic)
GREENFIELD — What do you do with a bike rack that might not look all that much like a bike rack?
Stick a bike in it, of course.
Over a recent lunch, city planning director Joanie Fitzwater and Downtown Main Street Inc. program manager Shelley Swift were trying to decide how best to spruce things up for spring and let residents know the 16 rectangular bars sprouting from the sidewalk at eight locations throughout downtown were not modern sculptures but, in reality, bike racks.
“They don’t look much like bike racks, and I even put stickers on them to let people know they were bike racks,” Fitzwater said.
The stickers haven’t had much impact: Bicycles rarely are parked on the racks. So, officials are trying a different idea: Bikes in Bloom.
To get residents in a spring state of mind, Downtown Main Street is looking for 16 “cruiser style” bikes (as in, your mom’s Schwinn) that owners are willing to donate to be rehabbed, refurbished or otherwise decked out for placement in the city’s bike racks.
The bikes will be given to 16 local nonprofits who will undertake beautifying the bikes. Once completed and on station at the 16 racks, the bikes will bear a plaque identifying the nonprofit that contributed to the effort.