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Midtown needs bike parking

June 18, 2010 Bicycling, Midtown 6 Comments

Bike parking throughout our region is severely lacking. You can somewhat excuse the auto-centric edges for not having bike parking but in the urban core biking is more common and places to secure bikes are necessary.

ABOVE: Bike locked to lamp post on Washington at Grand

As midtown (aka Grand Center) becomes a more popular place to dine and shop seeing bikes locked to lamp posts, street signs and parking meters will become increasingly common.  Locking to a lamp post requires a long cable rather than a more common u-lock.  Bike racks need to be planned.

– Steve Patterson


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  1. Mark Groth says:

    I totally agree, Midtown and Covenant Blu/Grand Center both need more racks. There is one at the Centene Center for Arts & Education on Olive. If my memory serves me, there is no bike rack at Strauss Park either, which is a major missed opportunity, as it's a beautiful little spot to enjoy.

  2. Douglas Duckworth says:

    Why do we need entire racks when we can install these and create jobs:


    Maybe Cash's Scrap Metal can find us a cheap way to get the material?

  3. JZ71 says:

    Chicago has a good guide: http://egov.cityofchicago.org/webportal/COCWebP

    And a comprehensive look at the issue can be found here: http://www.bicyclinginfo.org/engineering/parkin

    Finally, back in the 1990's, Denver installed u-shaped bike parking racks on many parking meters downtown. I never saw many being used; instead most cyclists just used a u-lock around the meter post itself.

    My experience, as a cyclist, is that a lack of parking really isn't an issue – I can almost always find something substantial to lock my bike to, and I have a commuter bike that's pretty “low profile” and doesn't look like it's worth stealing. The two bigger challenges I face are our wonderful weather and some of the motorists I have to share the road with. Drenched in sweat doesn't go well with either shopping or socializing, and living in fear for my life from either some p-o'ed redneck or, more likely, a clueless texter, are both much bigger hurdles for using my bike more here . . .

  4. JZ71 says:

    Or maybe we just need better bikes: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-


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