Your Lost Wheels Might End Up As a Bike Rack in Blackwood

Council will vote Monday to approve a resolution use unclaimed bicycles held by the township to make bike racks for use in downtown Blackwood.

Gloucester Township may have found a resourceful use for old and broken bicycles that are now just taking up space.

Michael Cagno, the executive director of the Noyes Museum of Art at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, approached the township with an idea to take unclaimed bicycles held by the township and use their parts to create bike racks, said township Clerk Rosemary DiJosie. 

The bike racks will be used in the Downtown Blackwood area to be placed along the Blackwood Railroad Trail bike path. The proposal would not only give bicyclists in Downtown Blackwood a place to lock up, but would also clear out storage space.

During a recent meeting, council acknowledged many of the bikes are broken and in need of repairs, making Cagno's proposal a responsible re-use.

Creating and installing the racks won't cost the township anything, DiJosie told council, which will vote on the resolution at its meeting on Monday, Feb. 11.

J Mac February 10, 2013 at 01:44 PM
It won't cost anything? Sure, because bikes just disassemble themselves, and turn into bike racks without any, cutting, welding, hardware, paint, or installation costs...let me tell you what...all the metal in that picture could make about one bike rack with enough room to hold a few bikes...not really that much there in the way of metal...I would love to see what these bikes racks will look like too...boy we got some dreamers on that council...good intentions, with absolutely no brains...unbelievable...
Angie Jones February 10, 2013 at 03:35 PM
lets try to be optimistic for a change. lets assume that there are more bikes than those shot in that ONE photo. and who knows? maybe they have procured knowledgable volunteers who will be turning the trash into treasure. sometimes it doesnt hurt to attempt to look at the possibilities instead of always being so negative. why always assume the worst? it is such a drain.
Tim Zatzariny Jr. February 10, 2013 at 03:41 PM
To be clear, the bicycles in the photo above aren't the ones that would be used to make the racks. The photo is for illustrative purposes only. Also, these will not be "tradtiional" bicycle racks, so not as much hardware will be required to build them. We hope to have a follow up for you with more details on this story shortly.
Paul J. DiBartolo February 10, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Don't we already have bike racks in GT? Otherwise known as the ground;-) Seems to have worked for as far back as I can remember. Oh, well, it's giving some people warm fuzzies so I guess it's worth it. Another point scored for council in resolving all the important issues in town. We could pay Sweeney Todd, er, I mean, Steven Sweeney, our illustrious President of the NJ Senate, to come over and prioritize all of the social issues we need to resolve in GT. I t would probably be cheap at half the price. Shields up!
betty l February 13, 2013 at 02:50 AM
Could be useful. Looking forward to seeing them.


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