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Batavia Bicycle Commission working to make downtown more bike-friendly

BATAVIA – The Batavia Bicycle Commission is working to make downtown Batavia more friendly for bicyclists.

The commission is working with Batavia MainStreet to encourage local businesses to promote bicycling. Businesses can apply to become a Bicycle Friendly Batavia Business.

Business owners who apply have to agree to 15 of the 27 recommendations made by the Batavia Bicycle Commission, including such items as installing bicycle racks in front of their business, having restrooms available for bicyclists and providing places for bicyclists to recharge their cellphones.

"Our goal is to get people to stay in Batavia and to promote business in Batavia," said Joanne Spitz said. "Our goal is for them to get off their bikes and stay here."

Several businesses have signed up for the program. A Bicycle Friendly Batavia Business designation costs $20 a year, and information is available by going to www.cityofbatavia.net/bikebatavia, or Batavia MainStreet's website, www.downtownbatavia.com.

The Batavia Bicycle Commission for the past few months also has been working with the organization CHIP IN Batavia – Community Helpers Impacting People in Need to get bicycles to students and families in need in Batavia. So far, the commission has given out 15 bicycles.

"We reached out to a resident who lives in the Batavia Apartments, and he said the bicycle made a huge difference," said Spitz, who also helped start the CHIP IN Batavia organization. "He was able to get to his job on time with it."

All Spoked Up in Batavia inspects and repairs each bicycle. The Rotary Club of Batavia donated $750 toward the cost of the inspections.

Information about the Batavia Bicycle Commission is available at its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/BIkeBatavia.

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