What is considered short-term bike parking?
As defined by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professional (APBP) Essentials of Bike Parking guide; short-term bicycle parking “is designed to meet the needs of people visiting business or institutions, and others with similar needs — typically lasting up to two hours”.
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What do I need to consider so that I have a successful parking location?
Short-term bike parking needs to be convenient and easy to use. Your considerations should include the following:
- Supports bike upright without putting stress on wheels
- Accommodates a variety of bicycles and attachments
- Allows locking of frame and at least one wheel with a U-lock
- Provides security and longevity features appropriate for the intended location
- Rack use is intuitive
What is the most commonly chosen rack?
The standard rack in the industry every cyclist is familiar with is the Inverted U Rack. There are a multitude of bike u-rack customization options that allow them to seamlessly fit into any streetscape, while meeting the 5 best practices for short-term bike parking. The Inverted U Rack accommodates two bikes per rack, allowing the same amount of bikes to fit in a smaller footprint than other low-quality designs.
Next week we’ll dive into more rack styles that provide different solutions to bike parking.