• Official, sanctioned, and high-quality, adequate bike parking.
  • Unofficial, unsanctioned bike parking, but still high-quality and adequate.
  • Distance of about 50 feet. Which would you choose?
  • SLUT tracks - DearEdward
  • This is called a coathanger rack, I think. It's alright, but the horizontal bar may block some bikes with baskets.

Bike parking phenomenon A (50 Feet Rule)

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Until I think of a better name, I am labeling this "bike parking phenomenon A."

BPP-A is described like this: "A bicyclist will choose an inferior, unsanctioned, or inappropriate object to which to lock their bicycle if said object is closer to their final destination than a superior, sanctioned, or appropriate object."

Read more about this on my Project website, or on my blog. Learn the simple factors of successful bike parking.

In this case, you see bicycles locked to handrails near the Whole Foods store entrance and not at the bike rack near the curb. Handrails are ALWAYS inappropriate places to lock bicycles because of others' need for the assistance handrails provide and because they block destination ingress and egress.

As seen in Seattle in the South Lake Union area (probably closer to "north Downtown core" though).

Read my latest coverage of the "50 feet rule," about a Whole Foods superstore in Chicago, on Steven can plan.

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  1. DearEdward 61 months ago | reply

    I've been to that Whole Foods :D

  2. Steven Vance 61 months ago | reply

    I didn't go in - just walked past. Basically this photo was extracted straight from my optic nerve "live stream." I also ran over to the bike parking Whole Foods provided on its property (off the photo near those people sculptures) to see if they provided adequate clearance between the bike rack and the wall.

  3. Meteorry 61 months ago | reply

    I think the bike parking problem in Amsterdam is a bigger problem than in Seattle for the moment. Bikes are parked everywhere. There is no lamppost without at least two bikes attached to it. Walking can be a real adventure due to all the bikes.

  4. Steven Vance 61 months ago | reply

    I wouldn't know where to start in dealing with the bike parking issues in Amsterdam.

    I wouldn't say bike parking is a problem in Seattle (or Portland or Chicago). It seems to be an issue in New York City (just not enough, and the police are taking parked bicycles without warning) or small cities (that are unexpectedly having to deal with their residents wanting to ride to the grocery store).

  5. Steven Vance 55 months ago | reply

    Bike parking distance being put to the test in Tucson, Arizona.

    Also linked on this BikePortland.org post about the Obama-Kitzhaber in Portland, Oregon, in October 2010.

  6. hamellr 55 months ago | reply

    I'd be curious to have seen it fifteen minutes ago.

    Was the bike rack full at that time and the other spots were the only place to park? I mention that as I quite frequently run in to that problem, only to find that the bike racks are empty just a few minutes later.

  7. Steven Vance 55 months ago | reply

    It's difficult to fully define Bike Parking Phenomenon A (or the 50 feet rule) without observing a single location for at least an hour. Doing so would help rule out many other possible explanations for the phenomenon.

    I realize this photo, and the others I've posted, don't fully explore the other possible factors for the situations depicted. But it's the best start I have.

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