Project Bike Rack

It's possible to dramatically increase cycling traffic in a relatively short period of time by adding cycling infrastructure. In just four years, the city of Seville increased bike traffic more than tenfold by building protected, permanent bike lanes connecting the whole city.

For some places, there may be an even easier, cheaper way to foster more cycling. Although the need for bike lanes gets a lot of press, The Best Way to Promote City Riding is to add Bike Racks.

This is something almost any business owner can do for very little money without having to lobby for new laws or jump through similar hoops. (Do check your local rules, of course.)

The Coastal Washington region is especially well-positioned to benefit from this low cost, low hassle strategy for fostering more cycling. One reason to do so is in hopes of bringing in more tourism dollars with less environmental burden.

Most of the Coastal Washington region is fortunate to have a number of old-fashioned scenic highways instead of the usual limited-access freeways. This means cycling enthusiasts can readily access the region in order to visit the natural beauty and historic sites without a vehicle.

Cyclists already do so to some degree in spite of a general lack of additional supporting bike infrastructure, such as racks. In Aberdeen, groups of cyclists have been seen leaning their bikes up against walls at the Safeway, among other places. I intend to begin cataloging existing bike racks in or near downtown Aberdeen, as well as spots that seem like a good candidate for a bike rack. I will post these observations on r/CoastalWA using the tags Bike Rack, Bike Rack Wanted and Bike Rack Suitable.

If you live in the Coastal Washington region or cycle through here sometimes, I invite you to help me catalog both existing bike racks and places you would like to see bike racks added.

If you wish to participate

Please see the first post for this project as an example: Safeway, Aberdeen, WA

Put a location name in the title (such as business name, city, WA). Put an address in the caption. You can include a link in the post, such as to the business website, though you may need to use at least two photos to get the option to include a caption and link.

Yes, this is potentially a means to advertise your local business for free if you have a bike rack on the premises. If so, tag it "Bike Rack."
If you are a cyclist and want a bike rack in a particular place, you can catalog the spot in question and use the tag "Bike Rack Wanted."

If you are a concerned citizen and just want to catalog covered areas near a business that are promising candidates for a bike rack, you can tag your post "Bike Rack Suitable."

What Makes for Great Bike Parking?

  • Install racks next to or near the entrance bicycling customers and employees will be using.
  • Place bike racks in sheltered areas protected from rain and excess sun.
  • Make sure the racks have excellent visibility and are in a well-lit and highly trafficked area.
  • If the racks are full all the time, it's time to add more racks.
  • Skip the "grid" bike racks. Instead, get the standard inverted U racks, post and loop racks or the coat hanger rack.

Additional Resources

See also: Getting the Most Out of Project Bike Rack

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