bike parking

City spring cleaning derelict bikes

Take this as a warning. If you parked your bike outside for the winter and some jerk took your wheel or seat, the City will now take the rest of the bike unless you park it indoors. Save your bike, or donate it to the Community Bicycle Network or Bike Pirates before the City throws it in the garbage.

From the City's Cyclometer newsletter:

The cycling public should be aware that the annual sweep of abandoned derelict bicycles from the City's post-and-rings is now underway. Post-and-rings are short-term parking, and those derelict bikes left locked to them for months at a time must be removed as they take up much-needed parking spots. Normally bikes are tagged by Bylaw officers for removal in seven days, but in order to complete a spring cleaning of post-and-rings, Right of Way Management enforcement staff will be patrolling the main streets and initiating enforcement on the removal of derelict bikes.

Underground bike parking: a creative solution for tight spaces

A Spanish company has created an interesting solution for tight urban spaces: the Biceberg, an automated, underground parking cube.

Via Copenhagenize and Fred S. (in Amsterdam):

It takes thirty seconds to drop off or retrieve your bike. The system works with a subscription card with a chip. As far as I can see it is for subscribers who will use it daily.

Last year we posted about automated bicycle parking in Tokyo in the same vein. In Toyko, however, it's a high-volume affair at train stations. These Bicebergs are meant for smaller volume but also for spaces that are tighter.

Where you can't park your bike, like in Waterloo!

A strange story out of Waterloo has Susan Fish getting her bike slapped with an extra lock by building management for locking her bike outside coffee shop while she goes in to get a coffee. The full story can be found at the Waterloo Chronicle website and also at Take The Lane.

I've seen the odd warning about bikes not being welcome to lock to a pedestrain railing here in Toronto, and this makes sense as the railing are for the comfort and safety of the pedestrians who need it. But I've not ever heard of something this extreme in Toronto.

Does this kind of thing still happen in Toronto? Where, and by whom?

One of the spokes of Toronto's Bike Plan is bike parking and the city has published guidelines that should eventually become a city wide by-law for developers for new buildings, and for building owners who are renovating buildings in the city. I think mandating bicycle parking is a good idea, and these are good guidelines to be starting with.

Post & Ring Bike Stand Request

So having put together that image from the Google Maps satellite view of my wife's street, I decided to scrap the hand-drawn form, and paste in (roughly) that same picture before submitting the form.

Post and Ring request form: filled, redactedPost and Ring request form: filled, redacted

So this is roughly the form that will be getting submitted. (Except that the copy going in has her name, address, and other such information on it).

Bike-friendly GO Transit

GO Transit Bike shelterGO Transit Bike shelter
Photo was taken on Christmas Day at Guildwood GO station. Looks like the staff at GO Transit decided to give cyclists a much appreciated present.

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