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  •  Bike shelters, bike share (10+ / 0-)

    The bike lockers take up a lot of room,and are a maintenance challenge. Austin is trying the shelter approach:

    MetroBike
    There's one now, 6 under construction, and another 2 funded. Bikes can be left overnight, or all day, in a key-card access place with racks to lock to, security camera, lights, and a repair station.

    Also Bikeshare can eliminate the need to take your bike on board. So if we can provide secure parking at one end of the trip and bike share at the other, the transit-shed for cycling provides lots of passengers at a much lower cost than park&rides.

    BTW, the mixed-traffic streetcar in a Downtown still provides a time advantage over driving, since driving has the two parking hassles and the same road time. Not to mention the hassle factor.

    Thanks for the transit post!

    •  The MetroBike shelter is good ... (3+ / 0-)
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      ... though the lockers are more scalable ... the right number of lockers / shelter space is, of course, what the traffic demands

      at even higher levels of demand for cycle parking there are systems like this one:

      The provision of electrical charging capacity for those who pay an electrical connection fee would translate to either.

      I do think the bus shelter / cycle locker system is little more maintenance challenge than any bus shelter, but that is different to the conventional bike lockers, since bikes are essentially hanging from the same steel frame holding up the roof of the bus shelter.

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      by BruceMcF on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 06:48:20 PM PST

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      •  Scalability (1+ / 0-)
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        If you have the concrete area to bolt lockers to, you can add lockers. If you are space constrained, the 15 x 30 shelter can hold 50-60 bikes, using stacked racks.

        Different places, different choices to connect bikes and transit, my favorite bike facility is the glass structure in front of Union Station in DC. Functional art!

        •  Yes ~ and not just different places ... (0+ / 0-)

          ... but different parts of the same system.  If the cycle and ride demand at one suburban busway stop will bear 10 secure cycle parking rentals, two locker units at the busway platform on the side with the cycleway will suffice. If that platform is space constrained, a vertical locker unit will fit most anywhere a busway pltform willl fiit.

          And on the same system, if there are busway stops that will bear 50-100 or more secure storage rentals, securing a common cycle parkng space may welll be more cost effective and will surely be more space efficient.

          Either is, of course, more space efficient than the car parking spaces that they displace.

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          by BruceMcF on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 07:50:43 AM PST

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          •  Of course, there are thresholds... (1+ / 0-)
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            Accumulate enough vehicles of any kind in one place, and there's bound to be an impact. Here's an image from Amsterdam.

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            by xaxnar on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 06:40:57 PM PST

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