PROVINCETOWN – The East End of Provincetown continues to grow commercially, with new restaurants and storefronts cropping up each year.
And selectmen recently decided to incorporate another upgrade into the East End’s infrastructure: bicycling.
A community organization called Provincetown 365 brought a request to selectmen recently which calls for the installation of bicycle racks at Gosnold Street Landing, the police station, Johnson Street Parking Lot and Lopes Square.
The board unanimously approved one six-space rack at Gosnold Street Landing. The police station idea was put off until the board can discuss it with that department.
The other 50 bike spaces caused some debate, but ultimately, the racks at the Johnson Street Lot were approved at the cost of 5 car parking spaces.
Selectman Tom Donegan said the sacrifice is worth it to accommodate 50 bicyclists.
“Finding the balance between the pedestrians, the cars, and the bikes in town has always been a challenge, but I believe we’re seeing an uptick in bikes relative to the other two, so we have to make sure we have a safe way to accommodate them,” Donegan said.
Donegan said that booming business in the East End is a major draw-in for townspeople and tourists staying in the West End, but that many of the consumers do not wish to drive.
The Lopes Square proposition was entirely opposed, as the board felt it was not the correct location for racks.