What’s with all the bike rack-et? [OPINION]

12168116_10207734658345838_2074137550_nYesterday’s council agenda had an item about bike racks, which was adopted unanimously:

7. Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to Purchase Bike Racks from the Lowest Responsible Bidder.

The City Manager is authorized to purchase surface mount bike coil racks from All Recreation Products, Islip Terrace, New York at a total cost of $28,005.75.

Sounds great……. but bike advocate Long Beach Streets has a lot to say about these racks. They don’t seem very happy:

“They did not review the bicycle parking study attached to the Traffic Safety Study commissioned by the City of Long Beach last year- a study conducted by actual transportation professionals. No, they took a field trip with a tape measure.

This is what they came up with and what the taxpayers are footing the bill for : 5′ and 10′ coil design (not recommended in the industry) bicycle racks (don’t ask what material, they could not answer) to be place on Park Ave sidewalks for like maybe 4 blocks. These racks allegedly hold 5 bikes. Do the math- 5 bikes @ 2′ x 6′ each plus space in-between. These are not going to fit with ample room for pedestrians, signage, receptacles, fancy plants and restaurant tables. Completely inappropriate not to mention a pain in the ass to impossible to safely lock a bicycle frame and wheel. [LINK]

I’m not going to pretend that I know anything about bike racks, but NYC has the racks in the image below. Long Beach Streets, are those ok? (text me). These racks are small, strong and you don’t have to lift your bike to use them. These single racks always seemed appropriate for urban sidewalks. But what do I know. I don’t ride a bike. I just fly around in my google adsense funded helicopter. Park Avenue really needs a helipad.

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