Yesterday we noticed a series of new stainless steel bicycle racks surrounding Main Street Garden. The new horseshoe rack is one of the approved styles for the district and follows recommendations from the Downtown Dallas 360 Plan. Main Street Garden — a popular destination for cyclists — was never outfitted with bicycle racks when it opened in 2009. The new racks are positioned near park entrances at St. Paul Street, Commerce Street and Main Street; each can comfortably hold 2 bicycles.

Bike racks along Commerce Street

New bike racks at Commerce/Harwood

Throughout downtown Dallas new bicycle racks following the same shape will eventually replace older yellow U-shaped racks. At Main Street Garden the simple circular shape unintentionally references the old Gold Ring Garage; the area once reserved for hundreds of vehicles is now a destination for residents, visitors and cyclists.

Bike racks along St Paul Street

New bike racks along St Paul Street

About the author: Noah Jeppson is creative designer and urbanite. As a resident of downtown Dallas for 5+ years he has been active in neighborhood policy, advocacy and preservation. To connect, find him on Twitter as dfwcre8tive.