Design fail: uphill bicycle rack

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When my friend Mike Honnold lived in Peoria, he created an online database of greater Peoria’s bike racks and encouraged people to add their finds to the site.

Well, I found another rack but haven’t submitted it for consideration. The reality is it’s not much of a bike rack. It’s an interesting, sloping design, but it’s only large enough for two bikes and only if they’re facing opposite directions.

It’s easy enough to lock to, but the unnecessary flourish in the middle of the rack probably makes the design a bit more expensive than necessary.

The concrete platform is clean and broad–no wading into the weeds here to lean your bike against an upright support. However, the rack is loosely bolted to the concrete, limiting its long-term storage effectiveness.

I shouldn’t have launched into this review with all the negatives–though they are numerous. This being Peoria, I should be grateful for even the smallest attempts to install bicycle infrastructure.

I am.

As the only bicycle parking facility readily visible in this shopping area, the rack is definitely needed. And as far as I’m concerned, it’s convenient, too. It’s just outside my barber’s door.

But I can’t be the only person needing a haircut today.

Again, it’s an interesting design, but the engineers created an impossible wide step for an impractically small rack. If we assume some people might choose to cross the rack area from the auto parking lot, we also assume they are forced to ascend a step without a handrail.

And if you’re going to go to the expense of designing a unique bike rack, you ought to be able to install a handrail.

How hard could it be?

About 16incheswestofpeoria

Former bicycle mechanic, current peruser of books, feeder of birds.
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