Come spring, bike enthusiasts will have a place to park their bikes while riding through New Milford.

The New Milford River Trail Alliance is encouraging cycling in the area and, once the weather warms up, will place bike racks at various locations downtown and at local parks.

Twelve bike racks are being paid for by sponsor-businesses and organizations in the community.

In addition, the Interact Club at New Milford High School is showing its support by teaming up with the Rotary Club of New Milford to make a donation of $775 toward the purchase of a bike rack.

The high school club raised the $387 -- their half of the donation -- through several fundraisers.

"There weren't any (bike racks) before," said Lisa Arasim, treasurer of the alliance. "People tied (their bicycles) up to a light post or bypassed town altogether."

Tom O'Brien, chairman of the alliance, said more and more people are on bicycles and "once they see the bike racks downtown and bikes on them, you'll see even more."

-- Deborah Rose