Those black “m” shaped bicycle racks you’ve seen sprouting along 7th Ave. are courtesy of P.B. Bell, developers of the newly opened Curve Luxury Apartments. “We did this to be good neighbors,” said Bell’s V.P. of Development, Mike Trueman, in August. “We really want to be a part of this community.”
According to the Community Alliance of Seventh Avenue, who oversaw site selection and installation, the racks were assembled at minimal cost by inmates of the Arizona Department of Corrections and should help transform Melrose into a bike friendly corridor.
After some trial and error with installations in late 2017, a rack can now be found within walking distance of several popular spots. At least 13 have been installed, most south of the Grand Canal, with more sites in mind for 2018.
Bell and C.A.S.A. invite the public to a dedication ceremony at 9 a.m., Saturday April 21 in front of the new apartment building on 6th Drive and Glenrosa Ave. Neighborhood and City leaders are expected to speak, as are representatives from Bell.
The timing couldn’t be better, as bike thefts rise and Phoenix Police encourage bike owners to register serial numbers. “I used to live in downtown Phoenix and (bike theft) was not uncommon,” said Samantha Smith, a barista at Copper Star Coffee. “I moved to Melrose because I thought it was going to be a little better.”
Smith said someone stole a co-worker’s tires off a locked bike right around the corner. “This is why I buy cheap bikes,” she said. “I’m not going to spend $500 and risk having it get stolen.” Smith said she had not heard of the new bike racks but thinks they are a good idea, especially if people remember to lock up their tires as well.