As bike racks go, York City just got some of the best.

Thanks to an unexpected grant from the state Department of Health, the city recently purchased 13 high-quality bike racks that officials hope will help York achieve the bicycle-friendly status it desires.

Five of the bike racks were installed last week near William Penn Senior High School, the York County Judicial Center, the Graham Aquatic Center and the Rabbit Transit transfer center on West King Street.

Locations for the other eight haven't been determined yet, said Shaun Underkoffler, the city's community health program coordinator.

The bike racks are durable and designed to safely store bicycles of varying sizes, he said.

In total, the state delivered about $20,000 to York and other communities that had been recipients of related grants.

The city spent $8,000 of that sum on the bike racks and is using the rest of the money to improve crosswalks near schools and install yield-to-pedestrian signs in busy areas, Underkoffler said.

To be a bicycle-friendly city, York needs to ensure safety and provide the infrastructure that will encourage bicyclists to dismount and visit shops and restaurants, Underkoffler said.

A major component of that goal is the planned extension of the York Heritage Rail Trail through the city, he said.

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