Roses to local businesses for purchasing decorative bicycle racks now being installed in various sites in the New Milford village center and near the downtown.

Roses, too, to Tom O'Brien, Lisa Arasim and others, including New Milford Parks & Recreation, for their quest to promote cycling as a beneficial and practical recreation in Greater New Milford. The racks convey the spirit that the town is bike-friendly and encourages a more leisurely exploration of what the New Milford village center has to offer.

Those racks will be be even more handy once a planned bike trail from Gaylordsville to Lover's Leap State Park in completed. It's a healthy community when downtown merchants are invested in their downtown.