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News - April 24, 2009

Business owners create bike rack that's state of the arc

Downtown pair hopes 'bike arc' will promote urban elegance, parking convenience

by Gennady Sheyner

About a year ago, Jeff Selzer launched an ambitious crusade: to get the bicycles parked in downtown Palo Alto the respect they deserve.

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Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@paweekly.com.

Comments

Posted by bike commuter, a resident of Ventura
on Apr 24, 2009 at 8:42 am

Stunning!


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 24, 2009 at 8:57 am

Great idea, can we have some of them around Palo Alto please?


Posted by Sarah, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 24, 2009 at 9:28 am

Encouraging bicycling around town is much cheaper than building new roads, and also creates less pollution and less noise. However, lots of new bike lanes don't do much good if there is no secure bicycle parking when you are at work or shopping or at restaurant. Please build secure bicycle parking near every business in Palo Alto. This has to be a lot cheaper than building new parking lots for cars.


Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 24, 2009 at 5:34 pm

Some questions.

1. Where do you park a tandem bike with one of these?
2. What are the potential injuries when someone walks or skateboards into the arc section of the rack?
3. What's the cost per bike? Weight per rack?


Posted by RS, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 24, 2009 at 9:09 pm

What stops someone from stealing the front wheel?


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 27, 2009 at 5:05 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Give the guys a break. Sounds like a great idea - howcome no pictures?


Posted by Sarah, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 27, 2009 at 5:11 pm

The web site mentioned in the original article has photos and videos.

There is a big red disk adjacent to the front wheel to prevent thieves from messing with your quick release. A cable lock could give you extra security.


Posted by RS, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 27, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Yeah it looked like I could still release the front wheel, though, so I asked the question.
The demo is of someone using a U bar lock, but I do realize I could use a cable lock and I would.
They are more attractive and space efficient than a typical rack.


Posted by Sarah, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 27, 2009 at 6:26 pm

If businesses were reluctant to install bicycle racks because previous designs were too ugly, now they have no excuse.


Posted by AC, a resident of another community
on Jan 8, 2010 at 2:24 pm

would like to see a photo of this...


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