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New bike racks in the Spokane International District = functional art

Spokane, WA – October 21, 2010

The installation of eight artistic bike racks on September 29th is the latest addition to the ever-improving landscape of East Sprague Avenue in the Spokane International District. Several organizations had a hand in bringing the racks to the neighborhood, including the East Central Neighborhood Council, the East Spokane Business Association, SNAP ,the Spokane Service Team and the City of Spokane.

The East Central Neighborhood Steering Committee allocated Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for streets-related improvements along Sprague Ave. In directing those funds, the East Spokane Business Association made the decision to purchase the bike racks. Finally, SNAP worked with the City to purchase and install them, through a contract with Spokane Service Team’s job training program. The bike racks are custom-designed for safety, durability and aesthetic value. They can be found on either side of the Sprague arterial, between the Checkerboard Tavern to the west and Northwest Seed & Pet to the east.

Impact Capital partnered with the City of Spokane and SNAP to launch a Vibrant Communities initiative in the Spokane International District in 2009. The Vibrant Communities program works with stakeholders on the ground to strengthen neighborhood commercial districts, increase public safety and cleanliness, create parks and open space, improve educational opportunities and help families build assets.

The addition of bike racks is one of many improvements in the wider comprehensive approach to community revitalization being implemented in the Spokane International District. “They really spruce up the corridor adding functional art,” says Tracy Reich, Director of Community Programs at Impact Capital. “The district is becoming bike friendly with style,” adds Boris Borisov, Impact Capital Program Office.