In the earlier planning stages for our LRT Stations, we imported an expert from Portland to tell us how many cycle parking spaces we should provide.
Nice gig. Flight. Accommodation. Meals. Per Diem. Additional item under “professional experience”.
And he dutifully told us (if I remember correctly): 5.
Or maybe it was 12.
Whatever the number, it was ridiculous. It was lower than the number of bikes visibly parked at the transitway stations back then. And the conversion to LRT was supposed to attract even more people to do the first/last mile [kilomtre] to the station.
I felt embarrassed he hadn’t bothered to check out what parking there already was at Ottawa stations. Instead, just sell the yokels the info as to how many spaces Portland provided. Centre of the white bread universe and all that. Ottawans couldn’t possibly bike more than PORTLANDers.
The recommendations were ridiculed, and our Councillors upped the number of parking spaces to be provided.
Although we haven’t been privileged enough to see the final station designs to count the spaces, except for Lyon Station, which has … six car parking spaces:
I wonder if it is time to do another update.
The little bike garages at the transitway stations seem to be popular.
Very very full. Overflowing, in fact. It is easy to spot cycles parked nearby. Or even a block or two away, where riders feel there is a higher probability of “eyes on the street”.
This could be a nice contract to Parsons or someone.
Or a volunteer could ride along the route and do an actual count on a pleasant day.
Naaah. That couldn’t be reliable or accurate or reasonable or scientific. Only a P.Eng. could be trusted to do that.
But it would still be interesting to know.
What if dear readers snapped a pic of the bikes parked at their station and forwarded them? Crowdsourcing in action. Naaah.
Now just where is the nearest spare “parking permitted” sign post I can attach my bike to?