Bike Parking

20 Oct

Blue bike

When cars were first a plenty and parking space was limited, we provided for extra parking space in the open or in buildings. It was the luxury of having those four wheels tucked away safe and secure. And what do bicyclists find? Something that is an apology for secure parking. Bicyclists the world over have to cope with quite a few hurdles, some of them life threatening, but the final hurdle of securely parking the bike is sheer insurmountable. So what gives? Solutions are a plenty with bike racks and lockers of various hues, many of them are practical and quite useful. The bike however, just like the bicyclist, cannot be parked in the open and requires a shelter, especially over a longer period of time. A shelter from the elements and nasty elements, with the former just playing elementary nature whims and the latter hell bent on either creating painful damage or playing Houdini with one’s alter ego. Has our ingenuity for finding solutions reached a dead end or have we just not set our priorities right? Or even worse, a solution that no one is willing to pay for. Car parking is not free any more, at least not in metropolitan cities. Is the biking community willing to pay for parking, just as they are for their super duper carbon fibre, makes you tea or coffee multiple-gear contraptions that keep them healthy and are balm to the environment?

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Posted by on October 20, 2009 in Environment, Mobility, Transport


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One response to “Bike Parking

  1. David Hembrow

    November 10, 2009 at 17:45

    We have both free and paid for parking here. Often at the same locations. For instance, at my local railway station there are 2300 cycle parking spaces, split 2/3 outdoor and free of charge and 1/3 indoor and paid for.

    After criticism of there being inadequate parking, the Dutch government has allocated a billion euros for additional cycle parking at railway stations.

    The result is to be a new or renewed cycle parking space for one in every 64 people in the entire country. At some locations there are enough for one in 14 people to park at the station. A rate unequalled elsewhere. However, given the growth in cycling this is not expected to be enough for long.

    The local press reaction to this is to ask if it will be enough.

    So far as parking outside is concerned, it really depends how your bike is designed. Dutch town bikes are designed to need the minimum of maintenance, and will last 20 years stored outdoors.


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