Public bicycle racks debut at Leucadia park


Leucadia now has public bike racks, with more cycling infrastructure planned down the line.

The four racks, paid for by Leucadia 101 Main Street Association, were installed July 24 at Leucadia Roadside Park, just west of Coast Highway 101 and Leucadia Boulevard.

They came about in response to the lack of bicycle facilities in Leucadia, said Carris Rhodes, executive director of Leucadia 101.

“Our board has talked about ways to increase biking,” Rhodes said. “It recognized Leucadia didn’t have facilities like public bike racks, and acted.”

Each rack can hold a minimum of two bicycles, but up to four “if people get creative,” Rhodes said.

Bike Walk Encinitas scouted Leucadia Roadside Park as a suitable location, and the city of Encinitas agreed to install them. They cost $2,500.

“People are excited by them — the reaction has been great,” Rhodes said.

As a separate effort, a Mizel Family Foundation grant partly funded a bike rack design competition as well as the production of the winning submission. That design will be installed at Leucadia businesses that purchased racks in the next month or two.

Rhodes said the push for bicycle infrastructure is gearing up for the Leucadia Streetscape. That plan calls for traffic calming and additional biking facilities along Coast Highway 101 in Leucadia.

“Biking is becoming more of a priority in the area,” she said.

City staff members have said they anticipate finishing the design phase of Streetscape by 2015.