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New bike racks in City of Niagara Falls encourage healthy habits

NIAGARA FALLS – A creative waterfall bike rack, which was designed and created by the Orleans-Niagara Board of Cooperative Education’s welding program, will be popping up in the business areas of Third and Main streets and Pine Avenue.

The program is funded by Creating Healthy Places to Live Work and Play, a program of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County. The racks were installed by the City of Niagara Falls Public Works Department.

The program encourages people to take advantage of their bicycle as a form of transportation. It also will help downtown businesses that cater to tourists and local riders who come to Niagara Falls, which is at the center of two major bicycle routes in the United States

Riding your bicycle for transportation keeps you active when you would otherwise be stationary. The majority of trips Americans take by car are less than two miles, according to Creating Healthy Places which encourages people to “save some money, burn some calories and have fun.”

Creating Healthy Places is a program of the state Department of Health in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension.

The Niagara Beautification Commission and the city Community Development Department and Department of Public Works are participating in the bike rack program.