No matter where you live, work, walk, or ride throughout the City, you must have noticed the recent installations of many more bicycle parking racks on sidewalks everywhere. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has made significant progress working with the SFMTA to make it much easier to request bike racks for specific sidewalk locations that you may particularly notice need more bike parking.
While it’s FANTASTIC to see such progressive municipal cooperation in the name of expanding bicycle safety and ridership, am I the only one who’s getting tired of the utilitarian standard grey bike rack design? Don’t get me wrong; they are clearly sleek, strong, and functional but I feel that a jazzier design would not only help further excite the population about cycling, but would also look way cooler!
A recent trip up North to visit our Canadian neighbors in Vancouver presented a colorful and stylish alternative. I walked up and down city streets for two days and could not even find two bicycle racks that looked alike! Perhaps some criticism can be leveled at the apparent flimsiness of those triangles, but no doubt San Francisco’s intelligent creative artistic community can come up with some aesthetically pleasing marriage of form and function.
Also, to the business-minded folks out there: countless potential branding opportunities!
More examples of bicycle rack awesomeness (and a locked up lawnmower) after the jump . . .