The Costa Mesa Green Task Force, business and community members on Wednesday celebrated the installation of a bike rack outside a 17th Street restaurant.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the first of many bike racks the task force is hoping to install throughout the city.
"It's going to make it easier for people to come here and have a safe place to lock their bikes," said Joe Bard, co-owner of Banzai Bowls, the restaurant adjacent to the new bike rack.
The rack not only will make it easier for those who ride their bikes to find a space to park them, but it encourages more people to get out of their cars and enjoy a bike ride, said City Commissioner Jim Fitzpatrick, a member of the task force.
"We want this to inspire action," he said.
The goal is to get business owners that see the benefits of having bike racks behind the idea of installing more of them in town.