Tuesday, August 25, 2015

North County Government Center still without bike parking

Plenty of room for bike parking in front of the
North County Government Center
The new North County Government Center was opened in January of this year. When we inquired about bike parking we were told it would be installed any day now. When we saw the graphic depicting the rack we noticed it was a "wave" rack which is not recommended by the current draft bike parking guidelines. We suggested that U racks, which are recommended by most jurisdictions around the country, be used instead. We were told U racks would be installed but seven months later there's still no bike parking.

Earlier we reported on new bike racks improperly installed at the Providence Community Center. U racks were used but they were installed on the edge of the concrete, meaning that one wheel would be in the grass. After we complained, additional concrete was added to the edge and one of the racks, which was too close to the adjacent railing, was removed.

We've been advocating for bike parking guidelines since 2007. The guidelines still aren't final and the county still hasn't figured out how to purchase and install racks properly. They are making progress, but it's been much too slow.

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Pretty ridiculous that at a government center for its citizens there are still no bikes over 7 months after they opened. Can you contact them again?
Arlington County, despite having adopted bike parking guidelines, experienced numerous problems with improper bike rack installations at public and private facilities for many years, until a County employee, who also happened to be a bike commuter, was finally given the authority to review, inspect, and address bike rack installations.

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