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Old 02-21-12, 01:14 PM
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Project for Dad - Pictures of Bike Shelters

Hi all. I'm going to attempt to initiate a project to upgrade the bike parking facilities at my son's school. Currently the situation isn't really adequate with two racks situated in the back with no shelter and no security. Student ridership is extremely low which is a shame for a variety of reasons. The school is about to embark upon a renovation project and if I'm timely it's conceivable that a few bucks could be thrown at a bike shelter which would reduce the fundraising burden that's likely to come with a project like this.

At any rate, what I'm looking for are pictures of bike shelters that my fellow commuters use/see so that I can put together a proposal for the school. I've done the google images search, and there are some useful pictures there but most of the images are commercially available products, I'm also interested in exploring some "grass roots" shelters that were put up with every day materials. The commercial products are all quite expensive and I think something could be designed and installed for much less than something that has to be shipped. Any pictures would be helpful and greatly appreciated.
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Here's two such shelters... each cost about $1 (million)



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If I had photos, I'd be happy to share. Unfortunately, I've never encountered anything like this before.
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Here's two such shelters... each cost about $1 (million)
Those are awesome!.... and probably $990,000 over my budget.

Are those at Nike or Intel (or some such place)?
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Those are awesome!.... and probably $990,000 over my budget.

Are those at Nike or Intel (or some such place)?
The upper one is located at the Beaverton Transit MAX Station, the other is in the park and ride structure at the Sunset Transit MAX Station. Both are part of the Bike & Ride program w/TriMet in the PDX Metro Area.

The photos below link to the flickr sets I created for each's grand opening.

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There is a bike corral at one of the local schools. I will try to take some pictures. No shelter, just a pen with fencing around it that is locked except for beginning and end of the day (and probably on request if someone has to leave early).
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Thanks Doohickie, that is what I'm looking for. Given the amount of rain that we get, I'm also going to shoot for some sort of roof as well, but the enclosure is a very important part of this. As it is, the bike racks are on a part of the school grounds that has no visibility. I would like to think that if there were a secure location to lock up the bikes, more kids would ride their bikes to school, but I know personally I don't want to lock my son's nice bike out there during the school day, I'm afraid that it'd be gone after a few days.
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At university we had a number of wire caged areas set up under otherwise unused parts of buildings (large stairwells and the like). With a number of bike racks in there. It was set up to the univeristies cardex system, but you could just use a padlock with common keys
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Thanks Doohickie, that is what I'm looking for. Given the amount of rain that we get, I'm also going to shoot for some sort of roof as well
I think a roof could be added to this.
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Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
I think a roof could be added to this.
Hey Doohickie, not sure why but the picture isn't coming through on my end. We've got some pretty stout content filters on our server. I'll PM you my e-mail address, could you send them to me? I'd put my e-mail address in the thread but I think I'd be opening myself up to a barrage of spam.
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Is your location out in the open, requiring a free-standing shelter, or against a building? You could probably build something decent using lumber and local carpentry with the same type of construction as residential wood decks use, (4x4 posts, lag bolts, concrete sonotube footings, etc) with addition of a shingled roof for rain. Whatever you do, the structure needs to deal with wind and perhaps snow loads.

Unless there are no lawyers in Canada, the school may require a design from an architect or engineer, to avoid liability. (No good deed goes unpunished!) One advantage of the "commercial product" approach is that the engineering and risk is in the seller's court.

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Is your location out in the open, requiring a free-standing shelter, or against a building? You could probably build something decent using lumber and local carpentry with the same type of construction as residential wood decks use, (4x4 posts, lag bolts, concrete sonotube footings, etc) with addition of a shingled roof for rain. Whatever you do, the structure needs to deal with wind and perhaps snow loads.

Unless there are no lawyers in Canada, the school may require a design from an architect or engineer, to avoid liability. (No good deed goes unpunished!) One advantage of the "commercial product" approach is that the engineering and risk is in the seller's court.
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Rockfish, thanks for the note and the thoughts.

On my list of things to consider are "professional expenses" which would include some sort of sign-off from a PE/Civil Engineer. There seems to be some precedent that in small, relatively safe projects like this a PE (who also may be a parent of one of the students) could perform some pro bono work. As for the elements, we get plenty of wind and rain here, not much snow although again, considering that it's going to be on the grounds of an elementary school, I'm sure all of the boxes will need to be checked off. I agree with the commercial product angle that you state, but man it sure seems to come at a price. There are some relatively simple looking designs out there that cost over twice what I would have expected. A very nice person at Antioch University in New Hampshire sent me some details of a bike shelter project that they completed. It is very similar in scope and purpose as the one that I'm trying to move forward. One of the things they incorporated into their project requirements was to use as much recycled materials as possible. With the upcoming renovation at the school, it isn't too far fetched that we could drastically reduce our cost of materials, and teach the kids about how we can make something new out of something old. At any rate, I have some details to work with, and any additional pics and or observations are greatly appreciated.
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Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
There is a bike corral at one of the local schools. I will try to take some pictures. No shelter, just a pen with fencing around it that is locked except for beginning and end of the day (and probably on request if someone has to leave early).
you're a cool dad. and yea, my little brother's elementary has a corral but students can walk in and out without anyone's permission. His BBS bike was stolen from there. My sister's high school corral is locked and must be unlocked by a faculty member. I'm not sure the fence is barbed, but a roof would be an improvement. This sounds affordable and feasible.
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Something like this maybe?



Or this one:

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You may have already seen this, but just a FYI:

http://www.dero.com/products/bike_sh..._shelters.html
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Something like this maybe?
The top one would be perfect, but those are the units that end up being around $30K. I'm sure that's a non-starter with an elementary school.

The bottom one is a nice shelter, but that all the bikes are the same gives the photo a sort of post-apocalyptic look to it. Kinda eeire.
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The top one would be perfect, but those are the units that end up being around $30K. I'm sure that's a non-starter with an elementary school.

The bottom one is a nice shelter, but that all the bikes are the same gives the photo a sort of post-apocalyptic look to it. Kinda eeire.
Probably storage for a bike rental company.
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The lower example could easily be made from many materials, including wood, and you can think about creative things to clad the roof with. Old highway signs are one idea, and of course any kind of reclaimed wood, corrugated metal, or other material.

Here's a band shell made of car hoods, and a building with a glass wall made of car side windows:

http://www.artsjournal.com/aesthetic...bandshell.html

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