Hmm, high rise apartment building. With affordable rents. Tennants who ride bikes… What could be missing?
Uhh, a place to park them?
This unsightly mess on Bell Street reveals
a) the lack of bike racks;
b) the secondary utility of tree guards;
c) another step in the jeeze-I’m-tired-of-cyclists syndrome;
d)all of the above.
Now I don’t actually believe the City should be rushing out to install bike racks on every sidewalk. Somehow, there is a niggling bit in the back of my mind that wants sidewalks for pedestrians. Convenient cycle parking yes, but not over-running every sidewalk.
I recall my last visit to The Netherlands, coming out of the station at Den Hague, and seeing a sea of bicycles extending in all directions, seemingly forever. How exciting quickly became how dreadful. What a mess. And so many of them seemed to be abandoned, rusted out, or stripped. After the initial bout of novelty, they were about as exciting as a Walmart parking lot.
It seems we need a dialogue in the city about how we store and park bikes. Let’s have it before cyclists become [even more] unwelcome.