Stop in downtown Genoa on a pleasant Saturday or Sunday and you will find bicycles leaning on buildings. The bikes belong to the many cyclists who make Genoa a regular stop on their weekend rides. Thanks to a grant obtained by Genoa Main Street Inc., there will be new racks to corral all those bikes.
“More cyclists seem to be coming through Genoa each year,” Mim Evans, Genoa Main Street executive director, said in a news release. “We applied for a bike rack grant through the Lincoln Highway Coalition. The grant is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration.”
Genoa has participated in Lincoln Highway programs for several years. The mural on Main Street was a result of a Lincoln Highway grant, and Genoa hosted the Lincoln Highway traveling exhibit in 2011.
While Genoa is not on the Lincoln Highway, it is close enough that its economy was positively affected by construction of the highway.
The bike racks will encourage exploration of the highway and surrounding communities. Each rack features a National Scenic Byway logo and a QR code that visitors with smartphones can use to get information about the byway area.
“Genoa encourages biking by both residents and visitors passing through,” Paul Bafia, Genoa Township Park District executive director, said in the release. “We have a new trail at Chamberlain Park that is very popular and are working with area organizations to add more bike trails.”
“The back roads around Genoa are great for cycling, and downtown Genoa is a fun stop for breakfast or lunch or to browse the shops,” Evans said. “The new racks are one more way to welcome cyclists.”
The new racks will be located downtown along Main Street. Genoa Main Street Inc. plans to install the racks in the spring.