Bike Octoberfest 2009. Daytona

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Bike Octoberfest 2009. Daytona

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Triker on a street. Bike Octoberfest 2009. Daytona. Nikon F5 + Kodak Portra 400 B&W Professional 35mm film. (I think it was 50mm f1.8)

Abysmal bike rack choice

Image by Steven Vance
Do bike parking well! Follow the three rules of Simple Bike Parking.

These bike racks are awful. Next time I have to use one my head will explode.

Notice how the bike doesn’t fit. And no, it’s not because it’s an ultra large bike – it’s because it was designed to only lock the front wheel. FAIL.

I bike KRK

Image by marcin wojcik
I bike Krakow

20 thoughts on “Bike Octoberfest 2009. Daytona

  1. floozefactor

    I’m always on an end of this dumb rack, and if not, it goes up on the metal fence east towards Canal.

  2. Steven Vance

    I took this picture as I was leaving. When I arrived, both ends were taken. I kind of just stood there for a minute and someone came out to leave and took their end-locked bike with them. So I got a space. Really stupid, though.

    I want to ban these racks.

  3. pauldub

    With these racks I always lift the front wheel over the top and slide it back between the vertical bars, then u-lock the rim and frame to the rack. I also pass a cable through the rear wheel and secure the end loops to the same u-lock. The only time these racks really don’t work is when they place them up against a wall, like at the Office Depot at Lincoln/Jersey.

  4. Steven Vance

    [] You describe a common workaround, but it’s not a solution.

  5. W.D. Vanlue

    My elementary school had nothing but these racks. At my young age I just assumed I didn’t know how to use the racks correctly, but I now know that it was the rack’s fault and not mine.

    They’ve since razed the whole school and built a new one but I haven’t been back to see if the bike racks improved.

  6. ridonrides

    ugh i see this a lot at a lot of grocery stores around chicago. one time i saw a scooter parked at the end (the ones that are smaller than a vespa). aren’t those supposed to park in regular car spots??

  7. superwesman

    it sounds like pauldub’s "common workaround" solves the problem – how is it not a solution? I thought that’s how these type of racks were intended to be used – perhaps you’re just missing something (or perhaps I am)

    and yes, ridonrides – if it has a motor and is street legal (mirrors, plates, etc.) it should be parked on the street, not on the sidewalk – I’m not sure about non-street-legal toys like those stupid mini bikes – since they’re not street-legal, you have to worry how the driver got the damn thing there in the first place :)

  8. Steven Vance

    [] The grill rack’s design is such that it encourages locking the front wheel only to the rack. It’s also such that the workaround is not intuitively devised by users.

  9. nutmegmonkey

    How much of the problem with this type rack has to do with expectations of crime? If you assumed a very low crime rate what would be wrong with this rack? Is it not space efficient vs. other type racks or is it solely that you can’t lock the frame and rear wheel with a U-lock?

  10. anoved

    I dislike these racks and prefer the end spots as well. There is a rack like this next to the building where I work [at a university] and I frequently see wheel-locked bikes. I used to park there myself but have since found a nicer covered spot along a side entrance to the building.

    When no end spots were available, I would lift the front wheel over the rail for more secure locking, but that had problems too. The rail was high enough that 26" front wheels usually couldn’t touch the ground, leaving the bike wobbly. Plus, when equipped with fenders, there simply wasn’t enough room between the fender and the downtube to fit. The same problem would probably apply to any bike with sufficiently tight clearance between the wheel and frame.

    Anyway, the school has begun to install newer racks of a smaller but more accessible design. They are also anchored in the pavement – this "fence rack" was unattached and fixed only by its size and weight.

  11. Steven Vance

    [] If your bike parking policy is that you must be able to lock the bike at two points, then this bike rack does not meet those standards. Such is the policy of the City of Chicago for bike racks it provides (it did not provide this rack). And since that is the requirement for a rack, then this rack is extremely space inefficient because the grill rack only provides users two spaces where they can lock their bike at two points. << I hope this made sense.

    It is also not space efficient because the other side is not accessible (the rack was designed to have dual-side entry).

    -Bike racks should not require users to lift bikes. If a facility provides wall-mounted bike racks (requiring users to lift up their bike into the rack), it must also provide floor-mounted bike racks.
    -A grill rack will damage fenders when you store the front wheel over the rack’s top bar (as anoved pointed out).

  12. nutmegmonkey

    Thanks for the clarification. I can see why new racks should comply with the two points rule but I don’t think businesses should be required to retrofit racks if their old racks are grill racks. There are a lot of transit problems that the city needs to address so I can’t bash places that have one point locking bike racks when most places have no bike rack at all.

    It’s not the fault of the well meaning supplier of an old (if it is old) grill rack that there is so much crime that it necessitates the two point lock policy. And if there are new grill racks being installed then the city should work with the building department not to sanction their installation.

  13. Steven Vance

    I agree with you about not requiring business to retrofit racks.

    The quality and design of the rack should be coded into the Municipal Code of Chicago, OR the agencies in charge of permitting and zoning and licensing (and all that jazz) should follow the code as it stands now and only approve bike rack plans that are approved by the Department of Transportation. Changing the existing process to do it correctly (having the DOT approve the design) is harder than one may think.

    17-10-0302-A – "Racks and other fixtures used to provide required bicycle parking for nonresidential uses must be of a design that is approved by the Chicago Department of Transportation."


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