There are simple solutions from adding an unobtrusive ring to a few parking meters to replacing parking spaces with bike racks to simply installing a rack in a parking spot.
If the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority would really like to be progressive, they could create a competition for artists to create bike racks. I’ll testify the first racks on Louisville’s Main Street were classy, useful, and added greatly to curb appeal of the buildings.
Another idea for a Lakeland group who wants to raise funds? Instead of decorating a Swan or a Butterfly (both wonderful, artistic ideas), why not decorative bike racks that, once permanently installed, are both attractive and useful?
Downtown has the greatest need, but Dixieland could use a few obviously placed racks. And the Lake Wire Downtown Post Office could use a new rack or two. How about Lakeside Village? Have you seen a rack there?
Where would you like a bike rack?