Opinion: Secure Bike Parking Benefits Cities

The conversation around bike infrastructure isn’t complete without addressing one major issue: where can we park?

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August 15, 2023, 6:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction


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“As the environmental, economic, and health benefits of cycling become increasingly evident, cities are taking measures to make their streets more bike-friendly. Yet, one critical element is often overlooked: parking.” In an article in Momentum, Ron Johnson lays out an argument for boosting the availability of large-scale, secure bike parking in U.S. cities. 

As Johnson explains, New York City’s Department of Transportation pledged to add 10,000 new bike racks in the city by the end of 2022 after a report from Transportation Alternatives highlighted the need for more bike parking. However, Johnson argues that “bike racks are not enough. The provision of safe, convenient, and protected bicycle parking in downtown areas is essential in fostering a sustained cycling culture.” Johnson goes on to explain that, according to TA’s research, lack of adequate and secure parking is the second most important factor in riders’ decision to use their bike or leave it at home.

The article lists the benefits of providing secure, protected bike parking in downtowns and business districts, such as more efficient use of space, economic benefits, and increased commuter cycling. “As city planners and business owners consider the future of urban spaces, integrating large-scale bicycle parking facilities should be at the forefront of discussions.”

Wednesday, August 9, 2023 in Momentum Magazine

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