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National Park Service Announces Award of New Contract for Grab and Go Food Service and Bicycle Rental Operation
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958
Contact: Maureen Oltrogge, 928-638-7779
Grand Canyon, Ariz. - Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent David V. Uberuaga today announced the award of a concession contract for a "grab and go" food service and bicycle rental operations located at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The National Park Service underwent an open and competitive process soliciting applications for these services. After an extensive evaluation process, the National Park Service selected Bright Angel Bicycles, L.L.C. as the concessioner.
This concessions contract will be issued for a term of 10 years. The contract requires seasonal bicycle rentals, as well as guided daily bicycle tours conducted during the spring, summer and fall. The contract also requires year-round, "grab and go" food and beverage service targeted toward hikers, bikers and pedestrians in the Mather Point area of the park. Operations under this new contract are expected to begin in mid to late May of 2012.
Visitors utilizing the bicycle rental service will be able to ride on portions of the park's multi-use greenway trail system open to bicycles, on all park roads open to public vehicular traffic and on park roads open only to shuttle bus traffic, including the Hermit Road and the Yaki Point Road. Visitors can also make use of the park's shuttle bus system, which can accommodate up to three bicycles per bus.
"The addition of 'grab and go' food service and bike rental in the Mather Point area will improve South Rim visitor's ability to experience the park without their personal vehicle and to explore Grand Canyon's miles of scenic trails and greenways. We look forward to working with Bright Angel Bicycles, L.L.C. to provide these essential visitor services," Superintendent David V. Uberuaga stated.
Bright Angel Bicycles, L.L.C. will operate from a new 1,200 square foot bicycle rental / snack shop facility located in the Grand Canyon Visitor Center complex. The building is expected to be completed by May 1, 2012. Its design and materials are compatible with the other buildings in the complex and include a metal roof, stucco and stone masonry siding, with two covered patios on each end of the building for bicycle fitting and orientation, and outdoor cafe seating.
The addition of visitor bicycle rental operation and the construction of the facility on Grand Canyon's South Rim was envisioned by the park's 1995 General Management Plan and was included as part of the park's 2008 South Rim Visitor Transportation Plan. The National Park Service prepared an Environmental Assessment for the South Rim Visitor Transportation Plan and a Finding of No Significant Impact was signed May 27, 2008. For more information on the plan please visit http://www.nps.gov/grca/parkmgmt/trans.htm.
For additional information on the award of this contract, please contact Doug Lentz, Grand Canyon National Park Chief of Concessions Management at (928)638-7709.
For questions or information regarding Bright Angel Bicycles, L.L.C. rental operation or food and beverage service at Grand Canyon National Park, including rates and reservations, please contact 928-814-8704 or visit their webpage at http://bikegrandcanyon.com/. For information on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park please call (928) 638-7888 or log onto the park's Web site for the "South Rim Guide" at http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/directions_s_rim.htm.
Did You Know?
In Grand Canyon,one of the broad, sandy areas on the north bank of the Colorado River is Unkar Delta, composed of rock debris carried from the North Rim by Unkar Creek. Prehistoric Pueblo people occupied numerous sites on Unkar Delta and along Unkar Creek for about 350 years (A.D. 850 to A.D. 1200)