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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Art/Sculptural bike parking? What a concept.

Here is what Burlington VT is doing for bike parking. Notice the snow on the ground and no cover. Yep, people ride their bikes in the snow without worrying about a cover to protect their bike.



If you haven't heard by now $480,000 is being spent on the 16 bike shelters ($30,000 each) around Columbus. They look like bus shelters and I have yet to see more than one bike locked in them.


During a discussion with a friend he suggested that the process should (coulda/shoulda/woulda) have involved local designers working to create unique and relevant design art/sculptural bike parking and have local companies fabricate the designs for installation around Columbus. Unfortunately, we ended up with relatively expensive bike shelters that do nothing to raise the bar on innovative and cost effective bike parking solutions. We had a chance to be, "oh, wow", and ended up with, "oh yeah, they cost WHAT?".


Do you want your voice to be heard? Stop down to the 

COLUMBUS TRANSPORTATION AND PEDESTRIAN COMMISSION BICYCLE SUBCOMMITTEE
October 26, 2011 Sub-Committee Meeting Notes
THE NEXT MEETING IS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25TH, 2012
NORMALLY MEETS THE LAST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH
109 NORTH FRONT STREET, GROUND FLOOR, ROOM 100
5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.





And another one from Burlington





And another one.




Eugene, Oregon did a bike rack design competition. Winner had their design built and installed.






Here is what PNC Bank installed at a branch in Pittsburgh-via Bike Pittsburgh's website. Not as dramatic, but still nice.

The PNC Bank Logo as a sculpture bike rack

I was stopped at the light on Millvale Ave and Baum Blvd in Bloomfield, and my eyes caught a new bike rack at the PNC Bank branch across the street. The new bike racks feature the PNC logo, are made of solid steel and look fantastic. There is also a bicycle stamped into the base adding a nice touch. It will be great to see if other companies follow suit with custom bike racks.


[Bike Pittsburgh]

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