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Yeah I want my bike tucked away from public view. That way someone can take the time to steal it without worrying about being seen.

Posted by Mr. Poe | May 19, 2008 1:05 PM


That's the first and best tip for where to lock your bike. Put it in plain sight!

Posted by Sir Learnsalot | May 19, 2008 1:11 PM

I agree that bike racks should be visible -- but the ones in the Convention Center happen to be tucked away from view. So if they add more racks in the same place, that's where they'd probably be. Personally, it doesn't matter to me where they are , as long as they're accessible, plentiful, and easily found.

Posted by ECB | May 19, 2008 1:16 PM

How about replacing a few vehicular street parking spots with bike parking like they are experimenting with in NYC?

Posted by cmaceachen | May 19, 2008 1:20 PM


Fair enough.

Go bikes!

Posted by Sir Learnsalot | May 19, 2008 1:21 PM

Dan, I hate to bust your balls but Safeco field has a bike cage with tons of bike racks in the south parking garage. It's about a 30 second walk to the main gate.

The place is gigantic, and rarely full. Plus they have on-site security.

Posted by Jeff | May 19, 2008 1:27 PM

I love Groningen -- they launched the V-2 rockets from there! Woot!

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | May 19, 2008 1:30 PM

Please go read my post, Jeff.

Posted by Dan Savage | May 19, 2008 1:30 PM

I'm confused ... where's the special bike rack for fixies?

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 19, 2008 1:40 PM

Whoops, I read that wrong and stand corrected. Safeco's cage is the standard that all huge venues should follow.

I am curious, what does the Stranger do for its employees who bike to work?

Bike cage? Lockers? Showers? Subsidized bus passes?

I can tell you the evil overlords at Fairview handle all of those.

Posted by Jeff | May 19, 2008 1:43 PM

The problem with having bike racks discretely out of public view is this: how the fuck are bicyclists supposed to find the goddamned things? If the Convention Center (or other venues) have bike racks tucked away in their parking garages where nobody can see them (or find them), then maybe they would be well advised to post signs where bikers are prone to locking their bikes, rather than booting the bikes. Seems like half this problem could be solved by a little effort at communication.

Posted by Reverse Polarity | May 19, 2008 1:52 PM

Oh, and if we were serious about providing parking for bikes, here is the penultimate example: a 7000+ bike parking structure.

Posted by Reverse Polarity | May 19, 2008 1:57 PM

well, what's the ultimate example?

Posted by aeg | May 19, 2008 2:09 PM

Tokyo kicks Amsterdam's ass.

Of course, they could put ten of these things in front of the convention center, and hardly anyone would use them. I agree that bike-riders are treated shabbily there, but it's not better facilities that are keeping people from riding.

Posted by Fnarf | May 19, 2008 2:15 PM

You assume it is someone else's responsibility to get bike racks.

Posted by w7ngman | May 19, 2008 2:19 PM

if you want a real story involving the convention center, find out why frank chopp took money ouyt of the future operational budget for the convention center to pay for low income housing when the entire operation budget is paid for by the hotel tax. it is supposed to be used to make capital improvements for the convention center AND attract conventions to the Seattle area and benefits businesses that employ low income people.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | May 19, 2008 2:31 PM

Fixies? Bike racks?

Please, they're more committed cyclists than the rest of us. They should be allowed to ride their bike into the store and stand in line on it. Since their gears are fixed, they can do trackstands, you know. They're more talented than us freewheel slobs.

Then again, maybe they need some kind of rack, because their bikes are so light they might blow away if the wind picks up.

Posted by CP | May 20, 2008 5:00 PM

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