There’s now a covered shelter downtown to protect cyclists’ bikes from the rain or to keep them in the shade on sunny days like today.
The new $17,000 shelter, at Cleveland Avenue and Winnipeg Street, was spearheaded by OurSquamish, a local organization focused on enhancing the town’s public spaces.
Funding and support came from the District of Squamish and the Downtown Squamish Business Improvement Association. Wood was donated by the Squamish Men’s Shed.
OurSquamish worked with First Peak Contracting to make the project a reality.
“The need for covered bike parking came out of a pre-pandemic bike infrastructure public engagement session co-hosted by Squamish CAN and OurSquamish on Sept 18, 2019 with more than 25 attendees.
Following this event, OurSquamish volunteers were committed to finding the resources to bring this project to fruition,” reads a release from OurSquamish.
“Initiatives and infrastructure like covered bike parking are a necessary addition to support the community in its use of a variety of forms of transportation. Enabling cycling to become more accessible is a goal OurSquamish aims to address through their projects.”
The permanently-installed bike shelter has four inverted U racks, or parking for at least eight bikes, with enough room for cargo bikes.