CHARLESTOWN — Businesses in Charlestown are taking advantage of a new program that provides them with bicycle racks to place outside their establishments.
The Bikes for Businesses program is a collaboration between the Charlestown Chamber of Commerce and the town’s Parks and Recreation Department.
The goal is to promote greater use of bikes as an environmentally friendly and healthy way to get around town, and to promote local businesses.
It’s a locally grown effort helped by brothers Pat and Rob Lyons, according to Bonnie Van Slyke, the Town Council’s liaison to Parks and Recreation.
“Pat’s Power Equipment assembled and delivered all the bike racks, and his brother Rob, with the Ocean House Marina, helped out with the cost,” Van Slyke said. “We’re very proud of that.”
Chamber of Commerce member Doug Randall, CEO of Randall Realtors, initiated the program for local businesses.
The bike racks have popped up this summer at several spots in town.
To date, 11 locations in Charlestown are benefiting from the new drive to provide bicycle racks. They include the Mini Super, Dave’s Coffee, Gemelli Bistro, CVS / Famous Pizza and the Breachway Grill.
A couple of churches, St. Andrew Lutheran Church and the Church of the Holy Spirit, also received racks.
Charlestown has made other efforts this summer to encourage greater use of bicycles.
On Aug. 16, officials met to review and discuss a potential coastal bikeway to connect the area beginning at Ninigret Park, extending along the Route 1 and Route 1A corridor to the town line with South Kingstown. No action has been taken yet on that proposal.