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Old 03-25-09, 04:58 PM   #1
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How to park to maximize space at inverted U Racks

So the building management where I work thinks we have plenty of bike parking space because they count each inverted U as giving 2 parking spots, one on each side of the inverted U. By U style I mean these:

http://www.bicycleracksource.com/items.asp?Cc=HBR-SBR

I have told management that it is very difficult to put two bikes on both sides of the inverted U. For example, I've seen parts of bikes flop over and smack others in weird spots. If you put the front part of the bike in the same direction, the handlebars get in the way of each other. If you have a U-style lock, there just might not be enough space to lock it with another bike on the other side. Ideally, the inverted U is much easier with just one bike attached to it.

Is there something I am missing on the inverted U parking racks that would help it park 2 bikes? I had a few thoughts:

Maybe if they were spaced far enough apart, you could park one bike each perpindicular to the U rather than parallel to the loop as most people do? However if the next U is too close then the tires on your bike would overlap with the tires on the next bike.

Perhaps if you faced the bikes in opposite directions (that is one bike facing forward, bike on other side facing rearward) of the inverted U, but parallel to the U, it would be easier to fit two bikes to a single inverted U?

Or are you only supposed to use one of those longer coil locks?

Any thoughts would be appreciated. Especially any photos of how to do this would be appreciated.
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Easy. Arrive before anyone else, and bring a Trail-A-Bike. Lock your bike parallel to the rack on one side, the Trail-A-Bike on the other. No one else will be able to lock to the rack. Cue complaints to management. If nothing else, you've taken your revenge out on the arses who manage that building.

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that brochure shows the bikes attached to the racks all wrong, they fit two bikes but not the way shown in the brochure drawing; the top tube of your bike should run parallel to the top bar of the rack, so your bike has two points of support on the rack and not just one. To acheive this, the racks need to be placed perpendicular to a wall, and parallel to each other, and far enough from the wall and each other that it is possible to maneuver around them with bikes. They can be angled if space is tight.
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http://www.portlandonline.com/transp...=58409&c=34813
http://www.portlandonline.com/shared...e.cfm?id=53320 (see figure 266-11 on page 266-27)
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My local grocery store beat your building management.... they put the wavey U right up against a building column. You can only effectivly use one side of the rack.

So I was there the other day... and one guy locked to one of the down posts at one end, another cyclist locked to the down post at the other end, and I just sort of stuck my rearwheel/frame as much into one of the U spots as the column would allow and put my cable lock through the frame. The next cyclist came along and locked to the handicap signpost at handicap parking... Yup, that means that 4 cyclists were in the Vons shopping at the same time... I wonder if management knew?

The Henrys grocery I go to doesn't have anything but the local giant light poles to lock to... but these are big enough "towers" that they have 4 separate legs.... I put my bike in the middle and lock to the posts.
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Racks installed like that remind me of the bollards one sees all over Europe.
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In Paris they remove car parking spaces and install bike racks, Portland's done a few as well.

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