|Easily spotted, covered, steps to the door.|
Bike parking is a key factor in encouraging people to make trips by bike and where a bike rack is located determines whether and how much it will be used. The bike rack pictured to the left is superbly located, in my opinion, and gets lots of use. As a customer who arrives by bike, I feel welcome at this Seattle supermarket because the rack is located just steps from the entrance. The bike parking is also protected from rain because it has been placed under the entrance covering.
|Hidden away, inconvenient, unused.|
|Redmond arterial next to parking lot.|
|Seattle commercial property, too close to landscaping and sprinklers.|
The Bicycle Alliance website has a section on bike parking, and includes our Retailer's Guide to Implementing Effective Bicycle Parking and APBP's Bicycle Parking Guidelines. These documents offer guidance on selecting a well designed bike rack and recommendations on where to locate bike racks.
|Bike rack needed here!|