Happy Bike to Work Day! Did you do it? I tried, but the vehicle traffic between my bed and the desk in my bedroom was a bit more intense than usual today. Did you encounter the existential woe of working in a part of the city where there’s just no where to park your damn bike, like Conal did? The oppositie seems to be the case here in Brooklyn, where new on-street bike parking racks have been popping up in different neighborhoods. We spotted one in Fort Greene on Wednesday; yesterday the DOT installed a set in front of Gorilla Coffee on Fifth Avenue. Where once there was a vehicle parking space, you can now eight or more bikes.
But as Transportation Nation reports, this doesn’t actually eliminate a parking space: it’l be replaced with a new parking space across the street in a current no-standing zone. Gorilla requested the racks: the idea behind these is to free up bike clutter ont he sidewalk, tied to fences, trees, etc; leaving more room for pedestrians and triple-wide chrone-rimmed double-decker strollers.
Not everyone is happy with these: You’ll have the obvious car-owners apoplectic that they can’t pull their SUVs right up to the door and leave their engines running while they run in and grab a coffee; and other ninnies who complain about the Beijing-ification (a real thing we’ve seen people bitch about) of New York City. And then there’s this commenter at Transportation Nation: “As an avid cyclist, i’d hate for my bike to be the victim of a late night careless driver who’s new to the idea of bikes parked in front of the curb.”
So like or spike?