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The Great Bike Rack Contest

by Bike Shop Girl

Great bike racks are out there, we know it, and we’d like you to help us prove it. Enter the Bicycle Fixation Great Bike Rack Hunt! You could walk, er… ride away with some great Bicycle Fixation duds.Here’s how:

  1. Between October 1, 2007 and October 31, 2007, photograph a bike rack found “in the wild” (i.e. publicly accessible) anywhere in the world.
  2. Be sure we can clearly make out the details of the rack in the photo. A reference for scale, like a bicycle, would be helpful but is not necessary.
  3. Go to the entry form using the link at the bottom of this page.
  4. Include in the “Comments” field of the entry form some information about why you think it’s a worth considering (good or bad), and any background information you might have.
  5. Visit Bicycle Fixation on November 15, 2007, when we’ll announce the winners.

More info can be found at Bicycle Fixation.

Originally found over at PracticalPedal.com..  Here in Charlotte we have some “creative” bike racks, maybe I’ll photograph the messengers turning these bike racks in to “bike trees.”

 
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6 Responses to “The Great Bike Rack Contest”

  1. Fritz says:

    I really really really like the recycled car steering wheels that are attached to the parking meters in Boulder, Colorado for bicycle parking.

  2. Arleigh says:

    Fritz – have any pictures???

  3. Nicole says:

    I can’t think of any great bike racks here (functional, yes, awesome, no), but it does sure seem like I’m good at finding the bad ones.

  4. Quinn says:

    What is the point of this contest?

  5. Fritz says:

    No photos, sorry; and I don’t live in Colorado any more.

    I’d imagine the point of the contest is to point out the good, the bad and the ugly in bike parking. So many people are not aware of what good parking is and just put up with what’s available rather than engaging the imagination with the possibilities. Most bike parking is something like a local Wal-Mart with only a rutted mud parking lot that also doubles as a cattle feed lot. Most cyclists put up with it because we don’t even know what it’s like to have real bike parking.

    Of course, one of the advantages of a bike is that it can be locked to a variety of things, and it can be rolled into the store if no parking is available.

  6. Gina (of says:

    Arleigh, we’d love to see those rack that you mentioned. Fritz, you are on the mark. It is about the derth of bike decent bike parking: Racks that are safely placed, permits truely-secure locking, and look good. The contest is over but the impetus remains.

    Let me add that the industry group APBP have rack guidelines, and that some municipalities will install back racks for businesses for free!

    Thanks for discussing this topic. Thanks, commutebybike.com for your good work. Cheers!

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