Friday, May 23, 2008

Bike parking (function over form)

So I have been thinking about bike parking a bit too much lately. While I realize a city like NYC just needs more of it, the question arises as to what are the best racks to have. While NYC currently has a design competition, do we need nice looking racks or funtional racks. This recent story demonstrated that in parts of England a more functional rack is prefered (picure above).

Then recently NYC has been installing shelters for some bike racks around the city.

While not the prettiest thing, and taking up (arguably) a large amount of sidewalk space, are these making that much of a difference in regards to theft? If we really need more racks, then why are we taking up space for this shelter. In all honesty, these shelters should be designated for bus stops only. While covered bike parking is great, I am not so sure this is the best way to do it and that these shelters are the answer to our bike parking problems.

Instead we should pursue more bike parking like the bump out in Williamsburg.

We can also make it even easier and copy the Portland model by putting it on street.

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