The racks were requested by both residents and businesses due to high demand. With so many great new eateries opening at the corner in the last two years, there has been incredible demand for bike parking, especially since this is the intersection of two bike lanes. Cyclists had been locking their bikes to the decorative fences on T Street and to trees, tree boxes and street signs.
Originally, DDOT was unable to install the racks due a contract dispute and our business community stepped up. BakeHouse, Taqueria Nacional, Policy, Lupo Verde and Room & Board all offered to pay for the installation out of pocket. In the end, DDOT was able to install the racks using their funds – as it should be. I was happy to coordinate the process.
Thanks to all who brought this to my attention and who stepped up to better their community.