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City’s bike shelters open for business

Users receive a code for access

The City of Terrace officially opened its four bike shelters Sept. 28 by inviting cyclists to sign up for an access code. At a total project cost of $223,650, each shelter holds 10 bikes and there is no charge for their use.

Cyclists can find one at the aquatic facility, one at the Terrace Public Library, one at city hall and one on the southside at the city’s public works building.

The majority of the money for the shelters — 70 per cent or $156,535— comes from a provincial grant that encourages people to get more exercise. An allocation of $33,547, or 15 per cent, comes from a one-time much larger provincial grant provided to the city. Profits from logs sold by the city-owned Terrace Community Forest account for the remaining 15 per cent or $33,547.

Each shelter has its own access code that is unique to that location and does not work at any of the other three shelters. Because there is just one access code that is provided to each of the 10 registered users, cyclists are encouraged to lock up their bikes when stored inside.

Original plans called for three shelters with each to have a changing area but by eliminating that option, city staffers were able to purchase four of them.

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