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Representatives from the Downtown West Bend Business District, City of West Bend, Washington County and Bike Friendly West Bend were all on hand Wednesday morning to promote the success of the signature bicycle racks in the downtown.


Ten bicycle red bicycle racks with a copy of the city logo were funded by the BID District. Several of the racks are already in place within a one-block radius of Old Settlers’ Park and more are on the way.


“We have two going up by Tap & Tavern, another will be placed in front of Candyman  on Main, Mountain Outfitters will have one along with Century Farmhouse Soaps and Riverside Brewery,” said Parks Director Craig Hoeppner. “If they’re used heavily we’ll also look at Sixth Avenue.”



Jeff Puetz is with Bike Friendly West Bend. He said that group is also working with students at Moraine Park Technical College to design more bike racks for the community.


“These will be custom bike racks that will be supported by businesses around the city,” he said. “There will be three to five design options and businesses would pick which one they like. Right now we’re still a work in progress.”




Businesses approached by MPTC are outside the downtown BID District.


The bicycle racks in the community are being highlighted as part of the May is Bike Month celebration.



Hoeppner said, so far the bike racks are receiving “rave reviews.”






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