Racking up the save: Mike Honnold

Recycled Northwood's Mall rack at Studios on Sheridan. Thank the man in the Caterpillar cap.

Recycled Northwoods Mall rack at Studios on Sheridan. Thank the man in the Caterpillar cap.

He’s a former president of the Illinois Valley Wheelm’n and creator of Peoria’s bicycle-rack locator, wherestherack.org. His bike advocacy efforts both preceded and informed those of Bike Peoria. And now he’s moving to Georgia.

So here’s a picture of Mike Honnold at Studios on Sheridan behind Broken Tree Coffee–and the story of the Great Northwoods Mall Rack Migration of 2015.

“We were doing some last-minute Christmas shopping at the mall, and I noticed the older bicycle racks had been replaced by a new, smaller style. The only reason I recognized the change was due to the fact I’d already mapped out the racks at our www.wherestherack.org website and was familiar with the facility.

“When I got back home, I researched online and found e-mail and phone contacts for Northwoods Mall. I immediately contacted the manager, and she let me know that the racks were only days away from being scrapped out, but they’d be saved back if I could move them within a few days.

“Bushwhacker had some storage space at their warehouse on the north side of Peoria, so we were able to quickly move the racks until better plans could be made for their final placement. There were six racks originally, but in order to make four good ones, we borrowed parts off the others.”

There you go: renewed life for old bicycle racks, all thanks to a guy who believes in keeping his eyes open.

I believe down South, that makes him a peach.

Rack ’em up at 1) Peoria Brewing Company, 8012 N. Hale Avenue; 2) TNT’s Sports Bar and Grill, 4319 N Prospect Road; 3) Peoria Heights Suburban Lions Club Park; and 4) Studios on Sheridan, 929 N. Sheridan Road.

Click here for more background on wherestherack.org.