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Pound Ridge's Scotts Corners Getting Bike Racks

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – A plan proposed by the Pound Ridge Business Association to install bike racks throughout the Scotts Corners business district has been approved by the Town Board.

The plan calls for three racks that can each accommodate six bicycles. They would be placed along Westchester Avenue in front of Pinocchio’s Pizza, the fountain and the Houlihan-Lawrence building. A plan to situate one across from Scotts Corner Market was dismissed as not being centrally located enough.

The cost of the racks is $531 each and shipping is an additional $150. Councilman Richard Lyman said if the town orders them sales tax can be avoided, bringing the total cost to about $1,700. The cost of the project will be split evenly three ways between the town, the Business Association and the Pound Ridge Partnership. The town will use funds from the Parking District to cover its share.

“It’s really very affordable,” said Ruth Mendes, a member of the Pound Ridge Business Association, who made the proposal before the board. “The racks are sleek and are easy to move if you want to. They have like giant staples that go into the ground to hold them in place. But they can be moved out of the way if something like snow removal is a problem.”

Mendes said the racks come in a variety colors. She suggested hunter green, noting “it would blend in and it would be subtle.”

Mendes also pointed out the proposed locations for the bikes are all across from or next to dining establishments. She said in the future, other businesses could be approached to see if they’d like to have a bike rack placed near their establishments.

“Pound Ridge would like to look like a place that says, ‘hey, we are glad you to see you biked in,’” Mendes said. “’Now, why not stay a while?’”

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