Bike News Roundup: How to turn a couple parking spots into a boon for your business

It’s time for the Bike News Roundup! As always, this is an open thread.

First up, here’s how you can turn a couple parking lots into a boom for your business:

Pacific Northwest News

Halftime show! Denver has come a long, long way since 1976. For example, the photo below shows an epic parking crater…

Downtown Denver June 1976. Image: Nick DeWolf via Flickr

Downtown Denver June 1976. Image: Nick DeWolf via Flickr

…but today that area has a bustling pedestrian-only street that looks like this (video is shot from that tower you see in the photo. The black building next to the tower is the one on the left side of the frame):

National & Global News

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6 Responses to Bike News Roundup: How to turn a couple parking spots into a boon for your business

  1. Leif Espelund says:

    Comparing that Denver pic to today (at least today from Google maps): http://i.imgur.com/dqfx5qY.jpg

    • Al Dimond says:

      Maybe in 10 years we’ll be able to make a similar sort of comparison image of the Denny Triangle.

      • Al Dimond says:

        On second thought, maybe 20 — Amazon is going to build over some of that parking, but not all.

        What’s unseen, of course, is that a lot of the buildings we build over that surface parking will have more parking than the lots they replace, both underground and above. Surely the same is true in Denver, given the vintage of the construction.

      • Gary says:

        Well Amazon does have 200+ riders registered in the commute challenge. I think that there are a lot more people who ride sometimes but aren’t motivated to sign up for these sort of things. The company supports bicyclists and transit users, but it also subsidizes driving by paying part of the monthly parking costs. It’s sort of agnostic about it, which matches it’s founders libertarian view of the world.

      • Al Dimond says:

        Ha, a true market-oriented solution would be to let users pay their full travel and parking costs, regardless of mode. I actually support this approach generally (though it obviously doesn’t work in places where government regulation mandates a massive excess of parking, making it worthless… like Austrian inflation theory applied to parking). Build the buildings with some parking and charge employees what the market will bear, along with the anyone else that cares to park there. Providing partially subsidized parking is much closer to that than many employers, of course, which fully subsidize employee parking.

      • Gary says:

        It’s also a benefits on the cheap plan. There are tax breaks for providing transit subsidies. And if you get like 100% participation on those ORCA cards, you can get them for a huge discount over the regular retail price. (probably a minimum number required as well.) And I suspect that the parking subsidy is also a tax write off.

        Still they have one of the better bicycle commuter support systems around with the secure cages, locker rooms, towel service etc.

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