City Re: Chain Your Bike to the Convention Center, Get the Boot
posted by May 19 at 12:59 PMon
Great post, Erica. And, hey, this makes a lot of sense:
…security [at the Convention Center] are instructed to lock bikes only when the bike is blocking access…
Because the last thing you want, when a bike is blocking access, is for the bike’s owner to remove that bike. Better it should stay put and impeded pedestrian access for as long as possible.
But I disagree with you on this, ECB:
Is it really better to have bikes clustered on trees and on heavily trafficked stairways than tethered safely to a bike rack tucked away from public view?
Bike racks shouldn’t be “tucked away,” out of “public view.” Bikes and bikers and bike racks aren’t unsightly. Racks belong right on sidewalks, right along curbs, right in front of entrances to offices and schools and convention centers (and ball parks). Like this bike rack.
Would that kind of bike rack placement impede pedestrians? Yes, but only people crossing in the middle of the street and—hey!—we’re not supposed to be jaywalking here in the Best of All Possible World-Class Cities anyway, right?
Oh, and I love the idea of “Lock Your Bike to the Convention Center Day,” and I have two crappy, old bikes that I’d be happy to lock to the Convention Center. But why limit it to just the Convention Center? We should target other locations that fail to provide adequate or convenient parking for bikes—like Safeco Field.
UPDATE: And here’s what bike racks look like when a city—when a society—gets serious about bike commuting….
This picture was taken in front of the central train station in Groningen, the Netherlands, by Slog tipper Eric F.