Re: [carfree_cities] bike parking for residential buildings
- Hi Elizabeth,
I`d recommend the new carfree development in Cologne (www.stellwerk60.de). This quarter has *excellent* bike facilities.
Please check the website of the local residents in this quarter for pictures:
Also, they have a mobility service station there
where one can rent, for example, some bike carriages:
Carfree Living Berlin Collaborative
----- Original Message -----
From: Elizabeth Trice
To: carfree group
Sent: Saturday, January 24, 2009 9:38 PM
Subject: [carfree_cities] bike parking for residential buildings
Can anyone send me examples or pictures of bike parking that's been built into an apartment building? I need to find a good way to store 25+ bikes for residents in a building I'm helping to rehab.
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- I don't know how much available outdoor space you had, but I once saw
a great idea at a residence hall in Tallahassee: a "bike cage".
This was a fenced enclosure on the side of the building with several
bike racks in it and a self-closing, self-locking door. Residents with
bikes would get a key and could lock their bikes to racks inside the cage.
The big problem: it was extremely overcrowded, with bikes even locked
to the fence itself. The building management probably didn't want to
invest into expanding the size of the cage, and there was also a good
chance that departing residents would abandon bikes to stay forever
locked up in the cage. The solution to this would be to require the
tenants to register their bikes, and tell them that if they move out
and don't take their bike with them, you'll remove the lock with an
angle grinder and donate the bike.
As nice as the bike cage idea was, I'd offer these improvements:
- Put a roof over it. This would prevent fence-jumping and, more
importantly, protect the bikes from direct rainfall.
- Put visitor bike parking right outside the cage so visitors won't
lock their bikes to the fence itself.
- Use a vinyl-coated chain-link fence, or better yet, wrought iron.
IMHO, outside of athletic fields, galvanized chain-link fences have no
place in urban environments.
All the apartments I've lived in have had outdoor bike parking, and
I've always forgone it in favor of parking my bike inside. I'd have
been happy to park my bike in a cage, and my vacuum cleaner would have
--- In email@example.com, Elizabeth Trice <etrice2@...>
>built into an apartment building? I need to find a good way to store
> Can anyone send me examples or pictures of bike parking that's been
25+ bikes for residents in a building I'm helping to rehab.
> Elizabeth Trice
> Portland, Maine
- This thought just came to me: if you want to provide a really nice
amenity for the tenants with bikes, provide a small, cleared area in
the bike cage for tire inflation. An air hose would come out of the
side of the building, allowing residents to inflate bike tires in seconds.
The only caveat: you'd want a belt-driven air compressor, which would
run several hundred dollars. Direct-drive air compressors are quite
loud. The compressor could go anywhere in the building; most likely in
the nearest utility room.
> > Hi,
> > Can anyone send me examples or pictures of bike parking that's been
> built into an apartment building? I need to find a good way to store
> 25+ bikes for residents in a building I'm helping to rehab.
> > Elizabeth Trice
> > Portland, Maine