Friday, June 21, 2013

speak of the devil Re: bicycle rack experiences


"While cities like New York struggle to get people onto bikes,
Amsterdam is trying to keep its hordes of bikes under control.

In a city of 800,000, there are 880,000 bicycles, the government
estimates, four times the number of cars. In the past two decades,
travel by bike has grown by 40 percent so that now about 32 percent
of all trips within the city are by bike, compared with 22 percent by car.

But many Amsterdamers say it is not so much the traffic jams like those
at the morning ferry that annoy them most, but the problem of where to
park their bikes once they get to where they're going, in a city with almost
more water than paved surfaces.

Read the entire news article here.





Wednesday, June 19, 2013

"Climbing Through Life" - book reading at Labyrinth next Tuesday @ 6PM


Read about the event here or here.

"Michael Heffler's first book, Climbing Through Life - a Collection of Hilly Vignettes
captures what Albert Einstein expressed: "Life is like riding a bicycle - in order to keep
your balance, you must keep moving." Or as cyclists on his rides say: "You only get to the
prettiest places by climbing hills." Michael captures the idea of living where you live,
invoking an appreciation for beauty and a sense of place - to keep the pretty part of New
Jersey a place that provides great cycling, living and creative outlets. His writing explores
ways to grow by experiencing and better understanding the substance of relationships
with others and the environment. Books will be available for sale.



Friday, June 14, 2013

Re: varieties of bicycle rack experiences


>  I didn't realise bike rack design is up for debate.

          I wouldn't say the design(s) are up for update, although all
          opinions are helpful. What we currently have is a wide range
          of styles, with some being @begin(big word) superannuated @end().

          What's probably missing are the capacity and location guidelines.

          For example, this news item from Tucson talks about, among other
          things, moving the bike parking rules into the municipal land use code.
          There are quite a few interesting comments made, including a pointer
          to this item about something we already know to be true: a bicyclist
          prefers to lock his/her bike to a nearby signpost or pole than a distant
          bicycle rack, because then it's easier to check that your bike is okay.

         The stuff about David Byrne and bike racks is quite interesting. His book
         of musings "Bicycle Diaries", mostly not about bicycling, is in the public library.

         Also in the library btw is "City of Bikes: The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist"

         Unrelated to bicycle racks, here's more food for thought re: funding sources.

         Bicycles steer clear of Obamacare

          Why cities refuse to use health funds for cycling programs

          In addition to mandating health insurance for all Americans, the Affordable
          Care Act sets aside money that can be used for bicycle projects — but bike
          advocates have been pedaling right past these piles of cash. Why? Because
          the only thing more controversial this summer than sharing bicycles may be
          sharing the burden of health-insurance costs.

          Also check out this 13-page slideshow about bike sharing programs.


Thursday, June 13, 2013

NYTimes.com: Bike Sharing Can Mean Safer Biking - NYTimes.com

 
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Sunday, June 9, 2013

bike parking/racks


We continue to gather input/opinions about location/type of bike parking facilities.

DERO is a Minneapolis-based manufacturer of bike racks, acquired
last year by Chattanooga-based Playcore.  Dero's interesting website
has, among other things, a "World Bike Parking Tour" scrapbook (PDF)
and a guidebook "The Art of Bike Parking".  A profile of DERO is here;
news about the collaboration with musician David Byrne is here and here.

used at U of Minnesota and elsewhere to incentivize/reward bike commuters.

Further reading:   Dero's Bike Parking Guidelines for small businesses.


Not All Racks Are Created Equal - A Look at Bike Parking Blunders and Best Practices

Bike Parking is Sexy - a recent article by activist/author/blogger Elly Blue


Monday, June 3, 2013

varieties of bicycle rack experiences


I'd like to thank the several people who provided thoughtful comments re: bicycle parking.

Yes, it's true. Bike racks are cheap, why ask a question about locating one single
rack ? The answer is that apparently, the town has one available rack in storage,
and would like some "customer feedback" to get opinions of the most urgent need.

Consider for example, 
this cluster of bikes locked to a parking sign outside Teresa's.

As several of you have remarked, there are many different designs of bike rack, some
being more user-friendly than others (details on the 1 available rack are not yet known).

 - there are
bolt-onto-the-sidewalk models like this and this, along Nassau, with
   the latter
bollard type getting some votes as being the most useful/flexible.

- Palmer Square has two small retro ones, at the post office, and next to the kiosk/bank.

- It has been observed that the 2 rack locations near Hinds Plaza are quite often maxed
  out. The "serpentine" rack model is used next to the public library. This photo shows the
  bicycle parking area in the alley next to J. McLaughlin, with a rack of that same type;
  this designated area consists of a metered car-parking slot having been sacrificed. On
  the topic of sacrificing car parking for bike facilities, some technical details on CitiBike 
  
- there is the hula-hoop model, as deployed around the perimeter of the shopping center.
  From what I can tell from this online request form, some of the more recent racks in
  NYC are this same shape, except the hoops are individually bolted to the sidewalk.
  Also at the shopping center, outside the ballet school entrance, is this little green rack.

- the public schools have, like this one at Riverside school, the big old-style racks
  which allow only the front wheel of the bike to be locked. Occupancy rate is tbd. The
  elementary school is in the vicinity of this official Bike Route sign from a bygone era.