OC TRANSPO has installed the new bike shelter at Bayview Station.
It does not have a glass wall on the “back” side of it, but nor is the back side readily accessible for cyclists while there is loose dirt/mud. Presumably, if no glass back wall is installed, and the grass grows, some cyclists can use the rack from the back side but at the cost of losing out on the roof.
Is it safe to suggest this is another one-sided front-in only bike shelter? In which case, it holds six bikes. After we spend millions on the new Bayview LRT and indoor-transfer-by-escalator to the O-Train platform, the city plans to increase bike parking capacity to eight bikes.
One of the best things about installing these shelters now, several years before the LRT opens, is that it may help establish the correct number of bike spaces that needs to be provided. Of course, patronage will be different after the conversion to LRT, and after a several year hiatus when the transitway is closed, in order to be converted to LRT, during which time the shelter will be unused. And of course, anyone counting bikes has to wander away from the station, as for stations such as LeBreton, few people park their bikes at the station but a number do several blocks away, on the residential streets, where presumably seeing eyes make parking safer.
I think the best bet for OC Transpo is to reinstall some of the freestanding, unroofed metal bike racks near the shelters, for “overflow” parking. In this way, they get a readily visible measure of how far short of demand they are falling. If there are no adjacent bike racks or posts, they won’t have a visible measure of their shortfall as people may park further away, or not bring their bikes at all.
PS did anyone notice that this bike shelter increases the total Bayview Station shelter space by about 50%?