Bad bike parking at Jewel

Do bike parking well! Follow the three rules of Simple Bike Parking.


The bike rack was "designed" to hold more than 10 bicycles. As you can see, it really only holds 4.


Jewel gives us a perfect example of poorly implemented bike parking. There at least two things wrong here:


First, the rack type used. Grill or elementary school racks can only lock the front wheel to the rack, leaving the frame and rear wheel vulnerable. Because of this, knowledgeable cyclists are forced to lock their bikes parallel to the rack, thus reducing the total number of available bike parking spaces.


Second, the rack is placed too close to the roadway so cyclists can't use the grill rack adaption locking method - hanging the front wheel over the rack so as to lock the front wheel AND the frame.


Jewel could easily remedy the bike parking here by removing this rack and installing a 5-hump wave rack (for at least 6 bikes) at least 36 inches from the curb, or install 4 inverted-U racks parallel to the curb, 30 inches from the curb. I would recommend inverted-U racks for this because that rack can prop up all the whole bike so cyclists can load and unload their cargo with ease.


This is private property.

  • 7y

    The third thing, and perhaps it only looks this way in the photo, is that it appears that when the bikes are in the rack, the bikes will extend into the pedestrian walk way.
  • Steven Vance 7y

    The walkway is at least 15 feet wide, which is well above the city's own minimum for sidewalk space. This is private property, though.
  • Jennifer Davis 5y

    In addition, someone with a wrench and enough time alone could probably disassemble it, slip the bikes off, truck them away, and cut the locks at leisure.
  • VeloBusDriver 5y

    Also known as a "Wheel Bender" - if you use it "properly".
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