Monthly Archives: September 2008

The Why and How To of bike rack instillation

Here is an article about the criteria and methods behind bike rack installation in Seattle, WA. I challenge Rutgers Students in New Brunswick, NJ to check out races around their campus to see if the racks around campus match the Seattle guidelines. Here is a map of all the bike racks at Rutgers New Brunswick/Piscataway.

Bike Rack Installation

Sidewalk Bike Racks

The Bicycle Spot Improvement Program installs bicycle racks in neighborhood business districts to encourage bicycling for short trips and errands. The racks provide safe and convenient bicycle parking.

Rack Installation

Racks are installed at the request of citizens and business or property owners or managers. Bicycle Program staff are available to meet with representatives from interested businesses to explain the program, answer questions and select locations for racks. Racks remains the property of SDOT. SDOT assumes responsibility for the racks but not for bicycles parked at them.

Rack Location Criteria

Several criteria are used in siting the racks:

Racks are installed in public space within City of Seattle limits, usually on a sidewalk with six or more feet of clear sidewalk space remaining.

Racks are placed at convenient, usable locations in close proximity to building entrances without impeding pedestrians.

Racks are placed with adequate clearance from curb ramps and crosswalks, street furniture, driveways, and parked cars.

Racks can be installed in bus stops or loading zones only if they do not interfere with boarding or loading patterns and there are no alternative locations.

Installation on Private Property

Racks on private property are usually paid for by the property owner. City racks are not available for purchase, but Bicycle Program staff can help property owners choose appropriate racks and installation locations.

Types of Racks

The Bicycle Program has selected the following racks that we prefer to install.

– The Rail-type rack, made of 2″ galvanized pipe, 54 inches long, 32 inches high, and holds two bikes. The rack is unobtrusive, has no sharp edges or moving parts, and requires little maintenance.

– The Inverted-U rack – similar to the rail-type, but narrower.

Cora racks, available in various capacities.

– The Bicycle-Circle rack, which converts former meter posts into bike racks.

If you notice a rack has become loose or damaged, please let us know.


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The Art of Racking

New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg,  has created an initiative to make NYC more bike friendly. Part of this promise is to create more places for people to park their bikes. The need for bike parking, both indoors and outside, has led to the CityRacks Design Competition. Hundreds of design companies submitteed their entries, and the judges have narrowed the selection down to 10 finalists. These finalists will post their design on a few select street corners in New York to see if they can handle the conditions, those NYC bike messangers are pretty crazy. A month from tomorrow, the judges will be announcing the winner of the competition, who will receive $10,000 and have their design on street corners throughout the city. To view the ten finalists and learn more about the CityRack Design Competition, visit the link below.

Francis Anthony Bitonti (finalist)

FADarch: Francis Anthony Bitonti (finalist)

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Support Rose

Hey everyone. I would like to write to you today as a devout member of the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference, or ECCC. For those of you that don’t know, the ECCC includes any and all colleges from the Mason-Dixon to Maine who like to race bikes (we even have some guys from Canada come down to our races). When you race in the ECCC, you become part of a family. You create friendships with other riders: traveling to each others’ campuses, sleeping on each others’ floors (hotel rooms are expensive), and suffering through the same gloriously difficult race courses.

I am sad to report that one special member of the ECCC family, Rose Long from the Univeristy of Vermont, was in a bike horrific accident a while ago.  If you don’t know Rose, she is quite the character. Her intense personality and unstoppable enthusiasm fit right in with the other crazies at UVM. She is also one heck of a rider, winning the overall ECCC road championship last spring and kicking butt in every race I saw here in this summer. Rose was involved in a bike-on-car hit and run that left her with countless injuries, including: a severe laceration of the face, a broken wrist, a shattered jaw, a broken eye orbital, a chipped l-4 vertebrae, lacerations all over her body, the loss of 12 teeth and severe damage to her palate. Fortunately, Rose is doing better and, just like in her bike training, is pushing herself as hard as she can to recover.

The bills from Roses numerous surgeries are hitting the Long family hard. That is why the UVM cycling team has created a website,, to help raise money for the Long family. If you want to contribute, or just want learn more about an awesome bike rider and an awesome chick, visit the site.


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RU Biking Combines with TransitAccess

Before RU biking even really got up and running we will be joined by the National TransitAccess Bikeability Project (NTB). The goal of NTB is to use the same interactive mapping software as we will use to map bikeability at Rutger University, to map the bike and pedestrian accessibility of different New Jersey Transit train stations throughout the state. The project will be a large undertaking, but we are hoping to get the Northeast Corridor line completed by the end of the year. RU biking and NTB are excited to be joining forces to help lessen the New Jersey’s, and the nation’s, dependance on automobiles.

National TransitAccess Bikeability Homepage

National TransitAccess Bikeability Homepage

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Bike Rack Desgin: Simple is Safe

Here is an article about bike rack safety that may suprise you.

To view the article in its original format, click here

7 Ways Cities Can Make Your Bike More Secure
by Lloyd Alter, Toronto on 05.23.08
Cars & Transportation (bikes)
Buzz up!

Designer Adam Thorpe, Councillor Paul Braithwaite and Rose Ades demonstrate the caMden bike rack

We have shown all kinds of bike stands on TreeHugger, but sometimes the simplest is the best. The Design against Crime Research Centre in London “aims to catalyse a design revolution in secure cycling provision for the 21st century. The research seeks to use creative solutions to overcome the adverse effects of bicycle theft on the achievement of sustainable transport objectives within European cities and to assist in the promotion of cycling and the benefits it offers society in terms of impact on health and improvements in the quality of the urban environment.”

Or simply put, design a better, theft-proof bike rack. The simple M design lets a cyclist lock both wheels and the frame to the stand, and discourages cyclists from just locking the top tube to the stand, which they consider insecure. The city of Camden just rolled out two of the designs.

Adam Thorpe said:

“We spent a year observing how thousands of cyclists parked their bikes and investigating the most secure way of parking to resist common bike theft techniques. “Both sorts of stands are designed to make it easier to lock your bike more securely by locking both wheels and the frame to the stand and more difficult to lock you bike insecurely.” ::Camden Cycling Campaign and ::BBC News

Other Bike Locking Systems

The Toronto Bike Ring

Toronto’s iconic post and ring has been copied all over the world since it was designed by Toronto architecture grad David Dennis in 1984. David tells us that he was originally designing a ring to be mounted on parking meters, and was interested in making the ring out of cast metal rather than just a pipe, so that he could integrate lettering into the design and make it appear more “official.” Recently thieves have taken to busting the ring with a 2×4 but David says the City is testing his new, improved design right now. Jack Layton, current leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada, has taken credit drawing the ring on a napkin in a bar, and as the story evolved, included David and the late Dan Leckie at the table.

Bike Tree Locked Bicycle Storage

Rather than hitching your bike to a post at street level, swipe a smart card, enter your PIN, and your cycle is taken up the “trunk” of the tree to a dome that protects it from thieves and the elements. The tree’s footprint is minimal, which helps keep space open for pedestrians (and the dome shields them from rain, too). The system—first installed in Geneva—can also be configured as a bike rental kiosk.

“Bike Tree” Keeps Bikes Off Ground, Away From Sticky Fingers

Another version of the bike tree: Abhinav Dapke of Bahrain and India designs a “parking stand design for congested bicycle parking.”

How They Store Bikes In Tokyo

In North America the best one gets is a few posts and rings or the occasional bike locker in a few big cities; In Tokyo they get this amazing multi-storey computerized structure.

In-Lock: Bike Parking When There is None

Don’t have a place to lock your bike? Warren is not sure how well this would work in the real world, but it appears to be a miniature helical pile that you screw into the ground and then fasten the bike to it. Warren concludes that “There are numerous ways the lock could be thwarted by determined thieves, but against the casual, light-fingered person it would have some useful deterrent value.”

Cyclepods – Sleek New Design For Bike Storage Using Recycled Aluminium

The Cyclepod provides eight secure spaces for parking your bike, the bikes are stored upright and the front wheel and frame can both be locked in place. There is also the option of having a canopy over the pod to protect the bikes from the weather. The very good news is that the Cyclepod is made from 95% recycled aluminium. It has a 10-15 year estimated life span and uses

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What is RU Biking?

The goal of the project is to collect primary data regarding both the current bike use and possible bike use in the future, with proper road improvements. Data will be collected on all four Rutgers-New Brunswick/Piscataway Campuses (College Avenue, Busch, Livingston, and Cook/Douglass). This data will be analyzed using Census data and GIS software, ArcGIS, to create a comprehensive idea of the bikeability present and possible future at Rutgers Universtiy.

Once the data is collected and analyzed, the results will be posted on an interactive-mapping website, powered by Mappler, so that students and other members of the Rutgers Community may add and comment on the biking conditions in the area.

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