On-street bike parking in Ferndale

Downtown Ferndale has upped its cool factor. On Thursday, May 17, downtown Ferndale launched its first on-street bike parking rack. The rack, designed and created by sculptor Richard Gage, will transform space to park one car into parking for 14 two-wheeled vehicles. It is the first of six on-street racks the Ferndale Downtown Development Authority plans to install throughout the district.

“A good number of our consumers are dedicated bicycling commuters. This rack really affirms that bicycles are a viable mode of transportation and very much welcomed here,” said Cristina Sheppard-Decius, DDA Executive Director. “It also offers some relief on our parking system.”

Over the past two years, the DDA has installed 33 single/double bike racks at locations around town. The multi- space rack was initiated to continue to develop and encourage bicycle usage within the district. Gage, who built the rack in his Hazel Park studio TANK 425, was commissioned to create art beyond the basic function. “Bike racks are usually just that, but when we approached Gage about making Downtown Ferndale’s something more than functional he was immediately a very involved and enthusiastic partner,” said Sheppard-Decius.

The Ferndale Downtown Development Authority manages and markets Downtown Ferndale, a district of approximately 350 businesses located over 3.9 linear miles, intersecting at the iconic Woodward Avenue & Nine Mile Rd. For more information on Downtown Ferndale, please call the DDA at 248-546-1632, visit the DDA website or Downtown Ferndale on Facebook