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    Help with new stand design...

    Hi there,

    I'm a design student from the UK and as my final project I'm designing a bike parking stand/rack. As part of my research I'm trying to get some 'user' input into what cyclists like/dislike in the current designs and any features they would like to see in a new design.

    By stand, I mean the type you lock your bike to when in town (Sheffield types, hoops, posts etc).

    What do you look for in good parking stands? What do you dislike in the stands that are available? Do you lock with one lock or two? Is there one type you prefer, and why?

    If you could provide any feedback I'd be grateful.

    Thanks,

    Garry.

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    Take a look at some of the Artist designed stands, seen on the Internet, some by semi famous artsts,
    why do design students come here ? no creativity?

    My favorite has space for many bikes and is made to occupy a parking spot, in the car park,
    also indicating how much land and pavement resources a car takes , in comparison to a bicycle.
    it has a car like frame outline.. so doors of cars in the next slot wont smash into the bikes.

    take back space , from the car.

    Isnt CTC in Guildford? what did they say?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Take a look at some of the Artist designed stands, seen on the Internet, some by semi famous artsts,
    why do design students come here ? no creativity?

    My favorite has space for many bikes and is made to occupy a parking spot, in the car park,
    also indicating how much land and pavement resources a car takes , in comparison to a bicycle.
    it has a car like frame outline.. so doors of cars in the next slot wont smash into the bikes.

    take back space , from the car.

    Isnt CTC in Guildford? what did they say?
    Hi, thanks for the reply.

    Should have explained better.. i'm an engineering design student rather than art and design, so i'm looking at the engineering aspects.

    I've seen the type of stand you highlighted in my research on parking in Belgium and Holland.

    CTC is indeed in Guildford.. the UK/EU has some general advice regarding existing designs and general layout but there's been very little published research on user needs and wants.. hence the post.

    Garry.

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    see here for an article on bike locking: http://sheldonbrown.com/lock-strategy.html

    As I use that method; my prefferred bike rack is the inverted-U.

    Sine wave mulitpleUs are not prefferred as multiple separate inverted-Us, for lack of stability; plus they are crowded and I dont like having to lift my bike into the rack.
    Sheffield is a second choice, but still has some crowding.
    Triton (google it) i cannot stand; as my bike doesnt actually fit inside the rack
    Grid/Fence/Wheelbender styles are avoided at all cost, as they do not allow the bike to be locked properly
    other esoteric designs also need not apply -ie wierd racks that have intergrated locks or strange clamshell crossbars you pass through your bike

    Also of note; a parking meter makes a fine bike rack when the invertedU cannot be found.

    Conlude:
    the Inverted-U is the perfect bike rack, i doubt it can be made better. The only thing I'd change is we need more of them.
    Perhaps if your project focused less on the functional aspect of the rack and more on the marketing appeal of it so cities/shops will be more inclined to provide more of them? I say paint them dayglow pink, everyone loves pink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xenologer View Post
    see here for an article on bike locking: http://sheldonbrown.com/lock-strategy.html

    As I use that method; my prefferred bike rack is the inverted-U.

    Sine wave mulitpleUs are not prefferred as multiple separate inverted-Us, for lack of stability; plus they are crowded and I dont like having to lift my bike into the rack.
    Sheffield is a second choice, but still has some crowding.
    Triton (google it) i cannot stand; as my bike doesnt actually fit inside the rack
    Grid/Fence/Wheelbender styles are avoided at all cost, as they do not allow the bike to be locked properly
    other esoteric designs also need not apply -ie wierd racks that have intergrated locks or strange clamshell crossbars you pass through your bike

    Also of note; a parking meter makes a fine bike rack when the invertedU cannot be found.

    Conlude:
    the Inverted-U is the perfect bike rack, i doubt it can be made better. The only thing I'd change is we need more of them.
    Perhaps if your project focused less on the functional aspect of the rack and more on the marketing appeal of it so cities/shops will be more inclined to provide more of them? I say paint them dayglow pink, everyone loves pink.
    Thanks for that, very helpful.

    Currently, research is heading towards a single-bike post type stand which incorporates the simplicity of the post and the 'inverted-u', and guides the user towards securing the bike via a U lock at the location shown on the Sheldon page (as this was suggested by pretty much all the Police forces and cycle institutions I've contacted) while providing a point to connect a cable threaded through the front wheel.

    One of the aims of the project is to make it council/municipal friendly i.e. low maintenance, easy install and low-ish cost to increase the numbers deployed.

    Thanks again.


    Garry.

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