A city Richmond's size is great for biking around, but if cyclists have to worry about their bikes being stolen or damaged when they get to their destination, they may be less likely to take advantage of the opportunity. Bike racks really are a critical pieces of infrastructure for any urban area that wishes to attract visitors for shopping and browsing, and Richmond has gone without them for far too long. In difficult economic times, it's a relatively low-cost and easy solution that makes our public spaces and key destinations even more attractive and accessible.
Bike racks should be funded, installed and maintained in key locations through out the Center City, the Depot District, the government plaza, college campuses, and elsewhere. This could be done through government budgets, partnerships with the locations that host the racks, or any other variety of sponsoring organization combinations.