Bike parking racks

Bike parking racks

Post by Jim Bertr » Wed, 16 Dec 1998 04:00:00


I'm on a committee addressing parking issues for bicyclists at our university.
I need to recommend a bike parking rack design that is either commercially
available or otherwise that anyone out there has found to be effective for
group parking, security and of course, economy.
Any suggestions?

Jim Bertram
St. CLoud State Univesity

 
 
 

Bike parking racks

Post by Alex Wetmor » Wed, 16 Dec 1998 04:00:00

I think that the Cora racks (http://www.cora.com) are the best ones that
I've used (as a cyclist).  The worst are the toaster type racks (flat, rows
of vertical bars) which make it impossible to safely lock your bike (unless
you throw the front wheel over the rack, or use the end of it, or use the
entire rack).  I also don't like the Welle racks
(http://www.bikeparking.com) because I can never figure out a good way to
lock my bike to them without using the ends.  Its interesting that
bikeparking.com can't figure it out either, because in their picture of the
multiple bend Welles rack they don't show any bikes.

I believe that the Cora racks are also pretty expensive, but they are
probably the most widely used racks that I see.  Both the university that I
went to (Carnegie Mellon University) and current employer (Microsoft) use
these racks for bicycle parking, as do many of the shops in my area.

http://www.icenet.com.au/~cora/advocacy.htm and
http://www.dataform.com/nowbike/parking.htm look useful.

alex

Quote:

>I'm on a committee addressing parking issues for bicyclists at our
university.
>I need to recommend a bike parking rack design that is either commercially
>available or otherwise that anyone out there has found to be effective for
>group parking, security and of course, economy.
>Any suggestions?

>Jim Bertram
>St. CLoud State Univesity


 
 
 

Bike parking racks

Post by Conal Guan-Yow » Wed, 16 Dec 1998 04:00:00

One thing to keep in mind about bicycle parking is that a shelter should
be provided over the racks to protect the bike from as much exposure to
the weather as possible.

CGYH

 
 
 

Bike parking racks

Post by David G » Wed, 16 Dec 1998 04:00:00

You are smart to ask some cyclists.
The facilities people often try to make a show of their effort - and buy
"gimmicky" stuff.

Most actual cyclists I have checked prefer a simple inverted 'U' shape.
Adaptable - to any bike.
Secure  - works with most any lock or chain.
The two point contact helps to stabilize the bike while one locks and unlocks it.

You should like them too.
Easy and fast to install. Concrete them in place.
Flexible - install almost anywhere. Easy to add just one more or a whole cluster.
Some small clusters probably more convenient to cyclists than one monster rack.
They can be cheap - a local metal shop can easily bend them from 2" pipe.
If you want to be "architectural" then use stainless steel.

Best wishes.
David

Quote:

> I'm on a committee addressing parking issues for bicyclists at our university.
> I need to recommend a bike parking rack design that is either commercially
> available or otherwise that anyone out there has found to be effective for
> group parking, security and of course, economy.
> Any suggestions?

> Jim Bertram
> St. CLoud State Univesity

 
 
 

Bike parking racks

Post by joy bees » Fri, 18 Dec 1998 04:00:00

Before they remodelled, Crossgates had some nice racks -- just two
posts set in a sidewalk-like patch of concrete, made of some standard
square tube, with a cross bar welded across the top -- mitered
corners.  Each rack would accomodate two bikes, and if you were the
first to park there, you could sit on the crossbar to change your
shoes.

There was one of these racks at every door that had a flagpole, which
made them easy to find.  Also reduced the incidence of people chaining
to flagpoles.

Joy Beeson
mail to : j beeson at global two thousadn dot net