New bike shelter stems from cost-sharing partnership

    Retail co-operative and City of Victoria aim to support cycling

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - A new covered bicycle shelter, the first of
its kind on Victoria city property, now stands on the 1400 block of Government
Street. The shelter is the result of a cost-sharing partnership between the
City of Victoria and Mountain Equipment Co-op(TM) (MEC) to support cycling
infrastructure in the city.
    "We're proud to partner with the City of Victoria to provide cyclists who
are in the area with a shelter to safely lock their bike in," said MEC store
manager Sarah-Jane Chilton. "Cycling is huge in Victoria, and we're delighted
to help support our members and others realize the health and sustainability
benefits that cycling offers."
    "In addition to meeting the growing demand for bicycle parking in the
downtown core, these types of facilities reinforce the City's goal of
encouraging cycling as a viable form of transportation for the region," said
Steve Hutchison, transportation technologist for the City of Victoria.
    The shelter provides covered parking on steel racks for up to 14
bicycles. Racks have also been installed next to the bike shelter, which allow
parking for another 10 bikes.
    The shelter is similar to a bus enclosure, with glass walls to allow
natural light and help ensure safety. Advertising will not be displayed nor
permitted on the shelter.
    Costs for the project are being shared by Mountain Equipment Co-op and
the City of Victoria.

    MEC is Canada's leading retailer of outdoor clothing and equipment,
providing quality products and services for self-propelled activities like
hiking, climbing and skiing. Established in 1971, MEC has more than
2.6 million members throughout Canada and around the world. The retail
co-operative's Victoria store opened in May 2006 in the historic Vogue
Building at 1450 Government Street.

For further information:

For further information: Tim Southam, Communications Manager, (604)
707-4480 (Direct), (778) 388-1275 (Cell),; Zanita Lukezich,
Sustainability Coordinator, (250) 386-2666,; Steve Hutchison,
Transportation Technologist, City of Victoria, (250) 361-0338,

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