Vernon businesses are being urged to promote cycling among their employees and customers.
The City of Vernon has launched a two-year pilot project in which it will assist businesses with the cost of purchasing bike racks.
“With the growing number of cyclists, we want to encourage local businesses to provide cyclists with secure bicycle parking, not only in the downtown but throughout Vernon,” said Wendy Majewski, the city’s transportation demand management co-ordinator.
Businesses can apply to receive 50 per cent of the cost of installing a bike rack.
The bicycle rack discount program was developed after a request from the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce.
“The chamber of commerce board is quite excited about the new program that supports green transportation and is improving bicycle parking for their customers,” said George Duffy, chamber general manager.
New bicycle lockers are also available at the downtown transit exchange on 31st Avenue. Lockers are available for $12 a month, along with a security deposit of $50.