|Racks to Avoid - via a common industry guide
|There's no bike parking at the main entry for the CCBI
|The standard (old and new) is supposed to be within 50 feet
At the Lord & Schriver Gaeity Hollow home and garden, the Conservancy disappears the bike parking regularly, and most often when you walk by on Mission Street you can't see it. They used flimsy, portable "wheel bender" racks, take them out most of the time, and skirt the requirements. It's a Potemkin installation.
At the McGilchrist renovation, the racks are too close together.
|Park Front: A little close to the wall
|At the new Starbucks downtown (May 2017)
At new building after new building, and remodel after remodel, there is substandard bike parking. There just aren't very many good installations around town. Bad bike parking may not be a primary decision about making a bike trip - though sometimes it is - but it's an important secondary consideration. Routinely we slight trip-end facilities and provisions, and this degrades our interest to make bike trips instead of car trips. The discouragement posed by bad bike parking adds up.
|LifeSource in 2009
|It's taken from 2011 to now for a partial set of code bits
The recommendations at the Planning Commission are a subset of them, and there are still others to implement. There does not seem to be a Staff Report or other discussion that relates the current proposal to the memo from 2011 and to any changed conditions. So it's hard to say why some changes are proposed and others deferred or ignored.
|50% reduction in bike parking for schools
But back in 2011 they also called for "long term" parking, which would offer covered parking for at least 25% of the total (50% of 50%). The current proposal does away with this. On the surface it looks more responsive to School District complaints than to programming that will encourage a reversion to more students biking. The proposal does not look like it aligns with any Safe Routes to Schools effort.
|In 2011: 2 and 4 spots per classroom,
50/50 split on short/long term
|In 2011: More on design and on short/long-term standards
|Diagram for clearances
|Rack styles to avoid - Don't spec these!
|The bike parking at the new Police Station is reasonable
- Is the 50 feet requirement defined tightly enough? (At the Police Station, the City argued successfully for an exception for some of the parking, and it could be a useful test case.)
- Is rack spacing defined correctly? Do we need more on tamper-resistant fasteners?
- Why not more attention to covered bike parking?
- What about indoor, residential bike parking?
- Do we need to start making provision for long-tails and other cargo bikes? What about scooters?
- Can we do more to link improved bike parking to reductions in car parking requirements?
- Have we defined things so wheel-benders are rightly excluded? Do we need pictures of bad bike racks and bad installations?
- Do building inspectors properly sign off on bike parking at final inspections? Do they need training on bike parking?