12 June 2010

Traffic Calming with Bicycle Parking

Traffic Calming with Bike Parking
The City put in a traffic calming measure on this street next to Saint Hans Square in the Nørrebro neighbourhood.

It was a perfect opportunity to plant some bike racks on the raised curb sections. This area is a hotbed of bars, cafés and restaurants so both the narrowed street and the bike racks are fantastic details.

I also enjoy the symbolism of a car being forced to slow down and navigate past long rows of bicycles. It's like a sandwich.

8 comments:

Ian said...

Thanks for this post.Coming from such an entrenched car culture as Australia, I would be seriously concerned about leaving my beloved bike in such a vulnerable position.~ian,Melbourne

Anonymous said...

Same here. Although i have see token bicycle parking here and there. Gee i miss Europe.

Green Idea Factory said...

Lovely... so good that it's full, and of course this is enabled by the technical solution and prevailing (but not perfect) social solidarity which allows one to park & lock bikes unattached to fixed objects.

In regards to what Ian said, I wonder if parked bikes slow down traffic as trees and greenery do.

Steven Vance said...

I'm not so sure this would work in Chicago with so many automobiles "exiting the roadway" and crashing into our bike racks. Two more.

Steven Vance said...

But I love the idea and the photo.

Melbourne Cyclist said...

Ian - that was my first thought too! I'm nervous about leaving my bike parked anywhere near traffic - at our local shops we used to have six hoops, taking up the same space as a car space, and next to a row of car spaces. There's now four useable ones - one was removed after being run over completely, another has been dented so badly you wouldn't be able to put your bike on it :-(

I love this idea though, and the pic is great :-)

Branko Collin said...

This looks like an accident waiting to happen. Most traffic calming measures near my house start by widening the road, then putting a traffic-free island in the middle. The advantage being that the odd drunk driver who doesn't let himself be calmed only hits a couple of innocent poles and signs.

Green Idea Factory said...

Wow, I already have this three ideas based on this.