The Chainlink

if given an option to use parking that may protect your bike from the elements, would you use it?  if the covered bike parking offered some additional security and maybe cctv, would you pay to use it?

 

im just curious what people think of such an amenity.

Views: 337

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

I know it's just an example, but the clear cover in the photo looks great, but would be a tag magnet.

I would not pay to use bike parking, unless it were secure, covered, heated, and possibly offered other amenities. Of course, I'm spoiled because I can just bring my bike in my office.

I think a pay model would fly if it were secure not just covered.

that would only help if the wind was blowing in a certain direction. I use  http://www.pinheadcomponents.com/  and have not had anything stolen since.

I would not pay for a place for my bike.

I would and have paid for indoor secure parking at Millenium Park. It's just not convenient to my office so I stopped. If it were within two blocks, I'd cheerfully pay again. Might do it again for the winter.

"Excuse me fine sir, could you please move your sleeping bag/blankets and shopping cart so I can park my bike here?"

 

It would be nice to have such infrastructure, but in most places of this city I can't imagine it working very well.  +1 on the tag magnet.  The clear plexiglass is tough to keep graffiti-free and not turn to a foggy mess.  Most of the plexiglass windows to the CTA infrastructure soon gets yellowed and fogged from de-tagging efforts even though the city pays a lot of money replacing the windows from time. 

 

 

Northwestern's hospital campus has a few bike lockers like this. We don't have them at the law school/business school campus, but I would use them if we did. I wouldn't mind a small fee for them, either, although covered bike racks is a much more efficient use of space.
it wouldnt necessarily be clear plexi.  could be glass like typical bus shelters, metal grates, whatev.  hobos may be a concern, i agree.

James BlackHeron said:

"Excuse me fine sir, could you please move your sleeping bag/blankets and shopping cart so I can park my bike here?"

 

It would be nice to have such infrastructure, but in most places of this city I can't imagine it working very well.  +1 on the tag magnet.  The clear plexiglass is tough to keep graffiti-free and not turn to a foggy mess.  Most of the plexiglass windows to the CTA infrastructure soon gets yellowed and fogged from de-tagging efforts even though the city pays a lot of money replacing the windows from time. 

 

 

so it would seem like the sentiment towards these is "it'd be nice, by i really dont give a hoot if they arent a city fixture", correct?
I wonder if the company that takesa care of the bus stops, JC Decayux (sp?), would be willing to spring for covered parking. Perfect ad revenue spot.

Space and money-wise the bang-for-the-buck value of something like this is quite low.  For 10 bike spaces under such a canopy I'm sure that 100 of the regular new black bike rack spaces could be put up. 

 

And getting a bike out from the direct rain/snow isn't really the same as bringing it inside. It's still exposed indirectly to the moisture of outside and probably still subject to damaging UV sunlight.   

 

On the list of priorities when other infrastructure is so much more necessary and woefully inadequate I feel this is pretty far down on the queue. 

I would use and pay for something like that.

I'd rather see something like the NYC law requiring employers/buildings with freight elevators to provide indoor secure bike parking to interested employee, but if that doesn't happen it would be nice for my bike not to be outside all day.

 

I would be worried about it just being a hobo magnet, I would also be worried about security as I unlocked my bike late at night.  I already get jumpy/nervous when I leave the office after a late night (8-10pm) in the loop since its a ghost town, entering a confined space with little escape if I'm attacked is less than ideal. 

RSS

© 2008-2016   The Chainlink Community, L.L.C.   Powered by

Disclaimer  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service