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9.3 General Practices
9.3.1 Bicycle Parking
Wake Forest wants to become a more pedestrian and bike-friendly town. The provision of bicycle parking areas and bike racks is essential in accomplishing this goal. Bike racks can be whimsical and artsy, even implemented as public art projects. Standard bike racks should compliment other furnishings in downtown, and the style should provide a two point connection for cyclists so that bikes are parked parallel to the road when locked.
S S Bike corral — Ann Arbor, MI
9.3.2 Benches & Movable Seating
Wake Forest has some bench seating in downtown, but seating should be a more prominent piece of the downtown streetscape that will add to the walkability and pedestrian-friendly character. Benches can be colorful and artistic at times, adding to downtown’s visual interest. Movable seating is a very flexible option that is being used more regularly in downtowns. Restaurants often provide this type of seating for their patrons; however, the Town should consider placing movable seating in other public spaces and various areas within the downtown. The minimum width of a sidewalk to accommodate comfortable outdoor seating is fourteen feet from curb to building face. Most sidewalks on White Street in downtown Wake Forest are approximately twelve feet in width. Thus, any potential seating areas will not be as deep as an ideal sidewalk width would allow, though narrow bistro-style seating could work. Over time, as other streets are improved, additional widening can be accommodated.
S S Bike parking and signage — Oakland, CA
RECOMMENDATION 9I: Layer the downtown environment incrementally with additional furnishings, lighting and landscaping.
S S Movable seating — Charlotte, NC
S S Artistic bench — Detroit, MI
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