As Downtown Bismarck continues to grow more people will be heading down that way
More people are finding alternative methods to get downtown including riding a bike.
Some business owners want to help you find a presentable way to park it.
A rehabilitation is occurring in downtown Bismarck-- and most downtown's that go through that phase include permanent bike racks. Bismarck currently isn't one of them.
(Dale Zimmerman/Owner Peacock Alley) "Right now the downtown has very little parking racks if any and they're in areas where people aren't, so we need to have them downtown in the core areas some parking racks for the people to park their bikes on any given night of the week especially the weekend you can look at my poor little tree outside and there'll be 15-25 bikes stacked literally stacked on top of each other against that little tree."
That helped push members of the downtowners to request bicycle parking downtown to the Bismarck City Commission.
(Kate Herzog/Downtowners)"We;re looking at putting in some larger temporary bike racks in closer to some of those restaurants and retail along broadway and Main St. just temporarily while the downtown master plan is looking to add that kind of to the rest of the downtown area."
Dale Zimmerman has offered to build his own bike rack to help his business--but says if business owners build their own it takes away from downtown.
(Dale) "In general it's gonna help the entire downtown community and it'll also make the city look like it's actually taking care of all its citizens whether they're walking biking using a car carpooling or using the bus we should be able to take care of all these facets of transportation and make it accessible in our downtown."
Along with the bike racks--City commissioners also discussed adding bike lanes downtown.
They decided not to designate lanes because of how narrow the streets already are.