Reliance Foundry and Maritime Hotel Help Build Bike Community in New York City


Reliance Foundry Co. Ltd., a leading provider of bicycle parking racks, has recently provided bike stands to The Maritime Hotel in New York City. These stands not only help The Maritime Hotel align with New York City's overall goal to reduce CO2 emissions from vehicles, they have become a place for visitors to the city to feel a part of the New York culture.

Vancouver, B.C. - New York City recently announced that in the summer of 2012 they will implement a bike share program that will see 10,000 "bike share" bicycles available all over the city at 600 stations, creating the biggest bike share program in the nation. The bike share program is but one of the many ways that Mayor Bloomberg and the Department of Transportation is encouraging New Yorkers to switch from cars to bicycles.

Many businesses, like The Maritime Hotel in New York City, have been seeking to do this for years. In 2006, The Maritime Hotel began offering complimentary bicycles as an amenity to guests of their hotel. They saw this perk New York City recently announced that in the summer of 2012 they will implement a bike share program that will see 10,000 "bike share" bicycles available all over the city at 600 stations, creating the biggest bike share program in the nation. The bike share program is but one of the many ways that Mayor Bloomberg and the Department of Transportation is encouraging New Yorkers to switch from cars to bicycles.

Many businesses, like The Maritime Hotel in New York City, have been seeking to do this for years. In 2006, The Maritime Hotel began offering complimentary bicycles as an amenity to guests of their hotel. They saw this perk as a way to be considerate of their high numbers of European clientele (bicycling is more common in European countries as a way of transportation), as a way to enable guests to take advantage of the hotel's close proximity to some great bicycle paths, and as a way to take action to reduce their overall carbon footprint.

Now, The Maritime Hotel and Reliance Foundry have made another step towards making New York City a better place for bicyclists and visitors. The installation of Reliance Foundry's model R-8224-SS bike parking racks outside of the hotel not only encourages bicycling, they are becoming a place of community. Callen Polmer, Director of Sales and Public Relations for The Maritime Hotel, said that the bike stands provided by Reliance Foundry are quickly becoming a place where visitors to New York City find connection.

Polmer said, "The bike stands are a great place for our guests to intermingle and become part of the neighborhood by integrating them into the thriving NYC bike culture."

When a hotel can make its guests feel like they are more than just visitors to a city, they provide an experience that guests will want to return to. The Maritime has three different dining experiences available in their hotel, and offering the bicycle parking enables guests to come and dine without having to worry about locating parking on the narrow streets of New York, or in the expensive parking garage across the street.

The City of New York is no stranger to expanding bike parking availability. NYC has also repurposed hundreds of parking meters to bike racks in their Meters-To-Bike Racks project. This is exciting news for cyclists, as meters on their own are not a secure bike stand option. By leaving the poles of the meters in place with some new hardware additions, options for secure bike parking have grown exponentially in the city of New York.

Going even a step further, NYC often provides businesses with bicycle parking in front of or near their locations - installed upon request. If the area around the business meets certain criteria, the city will install and pay for the addition of new bike parking spaces. Internested business should visit CityRacks program in NYC for more information.

Thanks to the Maritime Hotel, Reliance Foundry is pleased to have been part of the drive to increase bike parking availability in New York City.

About Reliance Foundry:

Reliance Foundry has been a family-owned business since 1927. Bike racks are one of its main product lines, along with bollards, industrial wheels and investment castings. Reliance sources products globally and offers quick and convenient delivery in the United States and Canada from its Vancouver location.

Company Contact Information:

Reliance Foundry Co. Ltd.

Brad Done, Vice President - Sales & Marketing

Unit 207, 6450 - 148th Street

Surrey, BC, Canada V3S-7G7

Toll-Free: 1-888-735-5680 | Tel: 604-592-4333 | Fax: 604-590-8875

info@bike-parking.ca | www.bike-parking.ca

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