The City of Whitehorse is working towards our goal of Efficient, Low Impact Transportation in our Sustainability Plan by promoting physical health and community connectivity. Cycling also helps lower traffic congestion and greenhouse gases.
We’re providing bike racks to support cycling infrastructure with our new Request-A-Rack program. If your favourite stopping place is in need of a bike rack, we encourage you to apply!
How it works:
- Identify a destination where you have ridden your bike to, and there was nowhere to lock it up.
- Visit a new area - look for possible places where a rack could be placed.
- To approve a rack installation, we need:
- The location to be on the City-owned property – within the road right-of-way, sidewalk, boulevard, curb extensions, along a trail, at a Transit stop, in a park, etc.
- Concrete pad to bolt the rack to
- Sufficient space so as not to impede pedestrians, cause sight-line issues, block fire hydrants, etc.
- We will also consider:
- the location of the rack in relation to public destinations (e.g. recreational, cultural and commercial opportunities, Transit stop)
- rack visibility
- proximity, quality and capacity of the nearest existing bicycle rack(s)/lockers
Complete and submit an application form (located at the bottom of this page):
- Everyone is eligible to apply.
- Locations that are selected to receive bike racks must be able to demonstrate that the bike racks have potential to be well used and that their installation helps promote active transportation.
- Prepare to be contacted to discuss the location, provide additional information, or visit the site, as required.
- The City of Whitehorse will evaluate all the applications and contact all applicants to inform them if their application was successful.
Is there a deadline?
The racks will considered on an on-going basis until they are all spoken for. The first racks will be installed in early summer.
This program only installs bicycle racks on City owned property (e.g. sideways, boulevards, parks, and road right-of-ways).
Interested in installing a publicly accessible rack located on a business property? We have you covered - businesses are eligible to apply for funding through the Environmental Grant. Bike racks usually meet the criteria of minor grants.
Locating a good place for bicycle parking is important – check out the APBP Essentials of Bike Parking for ideas on the best places for bicycle racks.
If your application is approved, the City of Whitehorse will install and maintain the bicycle rack(s). The City retains the right to remove or re-locate the bicycle rack in the future to meet operational or development considerations.
The bicycle racks are a single hoop or “staple” shape (e.g. photo below), hot-dipped galvanized steel, and bolted onto concrete. Each rack can accommodate two bicycles; multiple racks may be set up in clusters, depending on the available space. There must be a minimum of 1 metre between racks.
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