Users of the main transitway stations will have noticed that some bike parking racks have been shoved aside from their usual locations. Then concrete pads have been poured. Only at Baseline Station did I notice a sign identifying what is going on: new bike racks. Kudos to OC for providing better bike parking.
In the pic below notice the new shelter, the moderately strong bike racks, and in the distance, the numerous bikes attached to the shoved-aside racks that are no longer bolted to the ground (and the background, the free employee parking lot attached our municipal office building).
And here is a pic of the shelter in use, on Thursday. Recall that it absolutely poured rained most of the day. And that not only were there 12 lucky bikes in the shelter, but a dozen in the older racks:
A new (smaller) concrete pad has also been poured at Bayview Station; presumably a new rack or shelter is en route for there too.
Observation 1: there were way more bikes than the shelter can accommodate. Will the old racks, currently not bolted down to the pavement, be left there (hopefully bolted down), or does OC Transpo feel this is enough parking space?
Observation 2: for the new OLRT transitway stations, the planning team imported a consultant from the US of A to advise them on how many bike parking spaces are required at each station. As reported in earlier posts, I thought these numbers low for the current ridership, let alone the future. If these shelters represent the planned capacity, then it is good (provided someone notices…) to find out before the LRT stations are built that their bike parking estimates are too low.
Observation 3: Will someone from OC or the City note how cyclists get to the parking posts? At Baseline, it is possible to cycle up to the station from the west or south; but from the east cyclists are supposed to (but will they actually do so in practice??) walk their bikes along a few hundred feet of sidewalk first. Much better to accomodate what people want to do than to imagine they will perform to the engineer’s fantasy.