Bicycle rack meets need

Maywell Wickheim design

  • Aug. 3, 2011 5:00 p.m.

Cyclists in Sooke rejoice, there’s a new rack in town.

People walking, running, biking or maybe even driving by Cedar Grove Shopping Centre may have noticed the bright wooden structure right in front of Barb’s Barber Shop.

“About two weeks ago I found out Maywell Wickheim (owner of Sooke Marine Industries) was making this wooden rack,” said Randy Welters, the manager at Stone Pipe Grill which is right around the corner.

Welters, who has also been involved with the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce and the Sooke Region Tourism Association for many years, said he had talked in length with Laura Byrne from the district about the necessity for bike racks, and particularly near his establishment.

“In our restaurant we get lots of cyclists and they’d like to a) lock their bikes or b) watch through a window. Sometimes that’s not possible.”

The original plan was to purchase a conventional unit from Urban Racks in Surrey, but he said Wickheim volunteered to take on the project. Sooke Marine Industries has been active with contributing to the district’s Communities in Bloom initiative, and are also responsible for the new wooden bus stop bench on Otter Point Road.

“It’s an advantage for tourists and locals to be able to lock them up in the (downtown) core.”

Welters said they are thinking of modifying the massive bike rack, which also features a “trough” on top for temporarily holding biking gear while people lock up or remove their vehicles, by cutting it in half and placing the other half somewhere else in town.

There have been a lot of comments about the new addition to the plaza.

“Local people look at it and appreciate logging and the wood products that are part of Sooke’s heritage,” he said. “Visitors think it’s kinda cool.”

Just Posted

Victoria teen killed on field trip near Sooke

Second youth also injured in falling tree incident at Camp Barnard

UPDATE: Firefighters bring Sooke wildfire under control

Firefighters have a wildfire that burned an area about 100x150 feet at… Continue reading

Mix of sun and cloud in Thursday’s forecast

Plus a look ahead at the weekend forecast

Oak Bay double murder trial: Blood splatter analyst says no shoe prints found in unit

RCMP analyst testifies to smears, fingermarks, ‘swipe and wipe’ patterns around apartment

Saanich filmmaker wins award at Indigenous awards in Calgary

Barbara Todd Hager took home the 2019 Inspire Arts Award

VIDEO: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ to be re-released with new footage

‘Avatar’ holds global box office record at $2.788 billion, while ‘Endgame’ stands at $2.743 billion…

Comox Samaritan tucks bear into blanket, gets a big surprise

Conservation officer says person lucky after animal hit by car in record year for bear encounters

Elias Pettersson wins Calder Trophy as NHL’s top rookie

Vancouver forward first Canuck to win award since Pavel Bure in 1992

FVRD chair calls B.C. incineration plan for Philippines waste ‘disturbing’

Metro Vancouver ‘uniquely capable’ of safely disposing of waste coming back to Canada, say officials

VIDEO: Acknowledging skeptics, finance minister vows to build Trans Mountain project

Bill Morneau said he recognizes ‘huge amount of anxiety’ in Calgary over future of oil and gas sector

Shovels could be in the ground on Trans Mountain by September, CEO says

Ian Anderson points to weeks likely required for NEB to reinstate 2016 regulatory record

RCMP allows officers to grow beards

Members can now wear beards and goatees, as long as they’re neatly groomed

Sooke’s new library construction a sad tale

Reader says if the public library project was in the private sector, heads would roll

Girl, 10, poisoned by carbon monoxide at B.C. campsite could soon return home

Lucille Beaurain died and daughter Micaela Walton, 10, was rushed to B.C. Children’s Hospital on May 18

Most Read