Bicycle parking concepts


Bicycles in Amsterdam are cool! They are a way of life. People use bicycles like we use autos here in the states. Can you imagine people leaving the Yukon or other vehicle at home and cycling down to the mall or to the supermarket to get things, I could!

What are your feelings about using the bicycle like they do in Amsterdam? How about just 1/10 of what they do!

What I like most about the bicycle is seeing others using a bicycle. Locally I see the  bicycle being used for it’s original purpose, transportation.

Not only do I enjoy every minute of being on a bicycle but I also enjoy reading articles about the progress the bicycle makes throughout time. What has grabbed my attention most recently is the growth the bicycle has made with the way the economy has set us all back the last few years. The bicycle has become once again very popular. At the same time being environmentally conscious, has once again regained its  roots.

With both of these working together the bicycle has taken on many new directions. One in particular is bicycle storage facilities in major cities and towns. I can’t speak for the city of LA as I don’t frequent there enough but here in  Santa Clarita cycling is not as prevalent as other areas. In my opinion the Automobile is king here and will always rule.

In most of LA County and especially in the smaller suburbs like Santa Clarita. The city was build with the auto in mind, not the bicycle. We do have some amazing trails and paseos connecting our town but not enough people use them is my point. Thus we have no mega storage facilities by the mall or downtown or even most importantly by the train stations.

In some cities the bicycle has taken on such a stronghold for transportation that bicycle parking structures are being built. For example this cool looking place in Cleveland, Ohio called The Bicycle Rack. Check out the short article below!

http://www.clevelandbikerack.com/

This video shows you how many cities and towns are reducing congestion by letting bicycles become more of a way of life then a Sunday ride in the park.

Major cities have reduced roadway sizes to give way to bicycle lanes and parking.

This is about a family from the Long Beach, CA that goes to Amsterdam and learns the lay of the land…the bicycle

“Bicycling is a lifestyle – not just a race, a hobby, or the latest fashion craze. Bikes aren’t just for kids. Adults can play too! Cars treat bikes with respect.  Cyclists are treated like real modes of transportation, not second class citizens.Cities should be designed for people – not cars. Bicycling infrastructure is a key part of the planning process for new construction, not an after thought.”—from the web site http://www.everydaybike.com


This is a really nice complex. Keeps the city clean, and people on bikes!

Click here for Union Station bike storage

This is good usage of an auto space or two for bicycles. Clears up congestion of bicycles around the area.

Go ahead close your eyes and imagine this for a second. You ride your bicycle to work or close to work, flash your card and enter the Bike Cellar. Full storage facility with showers and lockers. Open 24/7 !

Pretty cool concept!

Next Page »