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San Francisco Gives Street Parking to Bicyclists

As reported by the Bay Citizen: They’re called bike corrals – racks bolted into the street, using a spot that typically would go to a vehicle. This month a handful of corrals popped up in the city, like the one on Valencia at 22nd Street outside insanely popular Boogaloos restaurant.

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7 Comments

  1. StevilJune 2, 2010 at 7:27 am

    Insanely popular, but stunningly mediocre.

  2. Paul van OrdenJune 2, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Portland OREGON has had actual requirements for similar bike paring in our zoning code, Title 33, for a long time. In fact, I remember a City PLanner named Greg Kaufman going into a Home Depot on his way home from work on his bike and catching them with no bike parking. He went in to talk to a manager. The Home Depot manager said we don’t need them because no one rides here to our California styled mini mall development. Greg pointed out his bike helmet and his bike outside. A few months later they had the code required covered bike parking installed.

    Are these in unusual spots or is there another design aspect that makes them unique?

  3. blairJune 2, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    i think these rock. they’ve been up for maybe a month now, and there’s at least 10 of them going the whole way down valencia street, from 13th to about 25th. the smallest corrall has three racks, the largest has 6.

    when i first moved here, valencia didn’t have bike lanes. at that time, it barely had white people, much less the young trust-fund cyclists that are so prevalent there today. now it’s probably the most heavily bike-traveled street in the city. as such, there are often 5 or 6 bikes locked to each other at every meter and rack for 10 blocks. these corrals really help ease that load.

    plus, it’s a tangible example of bikes being seen as important from a city planning perspective. taking AWAY car spaces to ADD bike spaces? that just doesn’t happen.

    in the end, more space for bikes and less for cars is a good thing. this is something that i never thought i’d see when i was one of a very few city cyclists in the 80s. i’m ecstatic.

  4. MasonJune 2, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Pardon my ignorance, but San Fransisco didn’t have adequate bike parking? Isn’t this the city that three out of four “I Love Riding in the City” submissions name their favorite?

    On a positive note, I do think it’s really exciting that they took out car spots in order to make additional bike parking. Seems like the city is realistically treating bikes as vehicles.

  5. blairJune 2, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    @mason … yeah, there’s plenty of bike parking here, and more installed every day. it’s just that this particular neighborhood gets full. not only are there a ton of residents in the mission who ride, but it’s a destination neighbood. so at any time, there could be five or six or ten times the bikes there than just what’s owned by neighborhood residents. not to mention all the bike shops, which brings even more bikes out. that’s kind of what makes this particular project so special. if they’d done this in a neighborhood that’s car-centric, such as pacific heights or presidio heights, it would’ve been outlandish. but the mission? HUGE benefit.

  6. Andrew OaklandJune 2, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    @Mason

    SF has had an injunction in place for the past three years that has prevented any improvements that are bike-related. It’s only been within the past few months that SF has seen new lanes, parking, etc.

    It’s a long story, but you can Google “Rob Anderson injunction EIR” to find out more. You’ll get so angry you won’t be able to sleep!

  7. bkasprJune 3, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    seems like a good way to get a delivery truck to back into your bike, or get your wheels run over. i just think they should go the extra step and add steel and concrete columns to protect the parked bikes from the drivers.

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