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Bike News Roundup: Seriously, it’s time for SEAclovia

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

First up, Berkeley threw their first Sunday Streets ciclovia-style event. It’s time for Seattle to throw down and hold a center city ciclovia (“SEAclovia?”):

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First-Ever Sunday Streets Event Transforms Downtown Berkeley from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

Pacific Northwest News:

Halftime Show! Mikael Colville-Andersen of Copenhagenize fame talks about the key difference between “engineering” and “designing” urban spaces. I love how he describes great people-oriented ideas being stopped by some computer program in a city office.

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4 responses to “Bike News Roundup: Seriously, it’s time for SEAclovia”

  1. Matthew

    Thinking out loud about the bike rack conversation from a few posts ago…

    What do you think the “correct” amount of bike parking is? Clearly what we have today is too little. But I do catch myself sometimes getting upset about having to walk a block to lock my bike to a rack. I don’t honestly think that’s unreasonable, if I really stop to consider it. I would never expect to park a car directly in front of where I wanted to go in Seattle, unless it were by pure luck (or they offer a parking lot).

    But again, I think the amount of bike parking we have today is too little, at least in many commercial districts. The city agreed with this, but we are not on track to meet the goals established a few years ago for the number of bike racks to be installed by 2017. We need to do better.

    I personally think that bike corrals make a lot more sense than sidewalk bike racks. Sidewalks in many areas (like, for example, downtown Ballard, often identified as a bike-rack-deficient area) are already rather cramped due to the amount of pedestrian traffic they carry. Adding racks in these areas just doesn’t make sense, in my opinion. It’s much easier to justify simply allocating a parking space to a bike corral.

    We could put these corrals in predictable spots: for example, always in the last parking space of a block. That way, you immediately know where to find them. One per block downtown, two per block on major commercial strips.

    Of course this would generate complaints about lost parking spots. One way you could address this would be to put the corrals where it’s already illegal to park cars anyway — within 30 feet of stop signs or 20 feet of crosswalks. Bike corrals don’t impede visibility in the same way that large SUVs or trucks do.

    1. Tom Fucoloro

      I agree that increased bike parking is not the top issue facing people on bikes. And walking a block is not all that bad of a thing.

      However, if a business wants a bike rack so badly they are willing to pay permits for one that they have to bring inside at night, then clearly there should be a mechanism for installing a permanent, public one. That’s my main beef.

    2. Gary

      I thought that November to March in the area was already “Ba(llard)clovia” wearing weather!

  2. Clark in Vancouver

    Vancouver’s first bike corral was put in where there wasn’t enough room to have a car parking spot so nobody complained. It’s been a hit.


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