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Open For Business – Bike Racks Included

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A couple of new businesses have opened near me, and both have really cool rack systems for bike parking.

The first is Whole Foods in Addison. Although it’s bittersweet that they closed the store that was closer to me, their new store in Addison is pretty impressive. What makes it even more impressive is their cool bike racks that are in the shape of bicycles.

Whole Foods Addison

Bike Rack Greatness

Just My Size Bike Rack

The next business is the new Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Richardson. Not only has this become one of the hottest destinations in town, it also has an amazing lineup of bike racks that are in the shape of film reels.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - Richardson - Bike Parking

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - Richardson - Bike Parking

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - Richardson - Bike Parking

I’m glad that both of these businesses care enough about cyclists, and got really creative with their bike parking. This shows that there are some forward-thinking business owners that care about supporting alternate transportation, the local bike culture and a strong community.

I hope that bike parking, like this, continues to be an ongoing trend with new construction around town.

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August 10, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Bike Parking: Build It And They Will Come?

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Empty Bike Rack

I’m a strong believer that if you build a good network of bike parking, more people will ride their bikes. Better destinations that accommodate cyclists and provide safe places to secure their bikes is a win for any community. What I often wonder is, what impression are people getting when they see empty racks? Do they think that the racks are a waste of money and  use up ‘precious’ sidewalk and parking lot space?

Library Rack

Are they really working to get more cyclists out?

Bike Rack

In contrast – at locations where there aren’t bike racks – I wonder what people think when they see bikes locked to things like fences, benches, street signs, gas meters or shopping cart returns? I find it quite frustrating to see this unbalance of empty bike racks in some areas, where in others, you see bikes locked to random things. The problem is, where do you put bike parking racks so that they actually get used?

My solution is, everywhere.

Morning Cog

Red Bike In Front Of Froggies

Bike Rack Fail

Written by dickdavid

June 25, 2013 at 6:58 am

Office Parking

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Office Parking

One of the best features of my job – that makes it so easy to bike commute – is that they don’t mind that I use the storage room as a bike garage. It’s a good thing too, since the building doesn’t offer a proper bike rack out front. I’m okay with that, because it’s easier to keep an eye on it here.

It does get in the way, and every once in a while, I’ll here it slam to the ground. My co-workers will try to get something off the shelf, but don’t want to bother me to move it. Inevitably, it’ll get bumped and knocked over. When I rush in to check it out, they’re usually tangled up with the bike, a ream of paper and a guilty look on their face. I assure them that my bike has seen worse. After all, I ride it.

If anything, I feel guilty for having my crap in the way. We’re about to expand our space, and even though it’s too late to ask for a proper locker room and shower (the building isn’t plumbed for that), I’m thinking about asking if I can install a hook to hang it up, out of the way.

Bike Parking

Written by dickdavid

September 23, 2012 at 9:28 am

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Oak Cliff Bike Parking

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We took a trip down to Oak Cliff to drop off some my wife’s pics for the Crave Show tomorrow. While down there, we decided to check out the Oak Cliff Art Crawl. At the event, we noticed a nice little, homemade bike lane on Tyler Street. Here’s a pic with some festival bike parking:

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April 10, 2010 at 8:31 pm

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