New bike racks will be placed in 17 areas of Dublin this spring as the city works to become more bicycle-friendly.

New bike racks will be placed in 17 areas of Dublin this spring as the city works to become more bicycle-friendly.

The city purchased 41 bike racks that will be located in parks and Historic Dublin as part of recommendations that came from the Bicycle Advisory Task Force last March.

"BAT Force produced really a citywide inventory of existing bike racks, and part of the inventory basically was where there weren't bike racks," said parks and open spaces director Fred Hahn.

From that list, Hahn said, Dublin decided where to place bike racks.

Bike racks will be installed at Avery Park, Glendavon Park, Heather Glen Park, the COTA park-and-ride stop, Dublinshire greenway, Emerald Fields, Historic Dublin, Hutchins open space, Scottish Corners Park, Smiley Park, Kiwanis Riverway Park, Stonefield Park, M.L. "Red" Trabue Nature Reserve, Vandeleur Park, Wellington Park, Woods of Indian Run and Wyndham Park.

Some racks are simple, but others take on the shape of bicycles or even a dinosaur.

"It's an opportunity to have function coupled with design or function coupled with fun," Hahn said. "At Emerald Fields there will be a dino chasing a mad biker."

The "bike-a-saurus" bike rack will be about 21 feet long, Hahn said, and will be by the "mad biker" rack.

The new bike racks around the city were funded by about $25,000 set aside for bike racks last year, Hahn said.

"(The Bicycle Advisory Task Force) is really what initiated this focus," he said. "We need to be encouraging the use of bicycles. We need to make sure there is secure parking for those who use their bicycles."

Once the new racks are installed, Hahn said the inventory will be analyzed and "then we'll see what else we need."

The task force was formed by council in 2009 to encourage cycling in Dublin. The group made several recommendations last March, including the introduction of "sharrows" which are stamps printed on the roads that indicate drivers should share the road with cyclists.