Don’t hang up your helmet quite yet! The Avenues of Ingersoll & Grand is celebrating a successful first season of bike corrals along Ingersoll Avenue with the opportunity for cyclists to win “corral cash” during the month of October, before the corrals go into storage for the winter. Here’s how to win:
- Follow The Avenues DSM on Facebook and Instagram to get notifications when corral cash certificates will be dropped off at the bike parking on Ingersoll Avenue.
- Snag a corral cash envelope. We’ll be giving away multiple $25 certificates to Sakari Sushi, Star Bar, and Eatery A and $60 to Fred’s Bike Shop over the next few weeks!
- Snap & send a photo of you/your bike at the corrals with your corral cash and follow the instructions on the certificate to e-mail it in to secure prize.
More about the Bike Corrals:
The three bike corrals were installed along Ingersoll Avenue in August through a joint effort between the Des Moines Bike Collective, the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Operation, and The Avenues of Ingersoll & Grand. Each corral delivers parking for up to 10 bikes in the space typically taken by one car.
The bike corrals are the first of their kind in the metro area, and provide an amenity common in major cities such as Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and Portland, OR. The corrals are another step towards fulfilling the district’s mission of creating a bike-friendly community.
This low-cost option will provide convenient parking for ten bicycles in the same space required to park a single car. Bike corrals increase the visibility of bicycling as a transportation choice and will reduce vehicular parking demands by providing a viable alternative while simultaneously increasing the number of patrons in the community.
Bike corrals support the complete streets concepts already present on the Ingersoll corridor. This amenity encourages alternative, healthy modes of transportation, including walking and bicycling, by providing conveniently located bicycle parking, adjacent to existing bike lanes. This system of bike infrastructure seeks to reduce traffic speeds and provide buffers between sidewalks and traffic lanes.
The Avenues of Ingersoll & Grand, formerly known as the Ingersoll Grand Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID), will provide maintenance of the corrals, as well as storage over the winter months when they are not in use.