22 December 2011

Innovative Bike Rack in Aalborg

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On a recent visit to the northern Danish city of Aalborg - to speak at a Social Media conference - I spotted these innovative bicycle racks outside the Nordkraft cultural centre. Aalborg has a healthy bicycle culture but they only have a modal share of about 20% or so.

These racks are a variation on the double-decker bicycle rack so often seen in Denmark, and these stands have spots for four bicycles. Two on the ground and two in the air. Space-saving solution that was used by two bicycles when I first checked it out and then two more when I left.
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Plus, it looks lovely. Street art featuring bicycles and a practical parking solution all at once.

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Double decker bike racks are nothing new. Many places in Denmark feature them - most often, it seems - at train stations. It never ceases to amaze me how people from places where bicycle culture isn't mainstream so often say, "how do you get the bike UP there?!"

We lift it.

Once you've seen a Copenhagen supermum lifting her upright bike up onto the top rack in a flash, you realise it's no big deal. If you - as an average healthy person - can't lift 20-odd kilos you may have other issues that need to be addressed. Sure, there are double-decker bike racks that have been designed that make it easier, which is nice, but decades of these racks in action show that in a mainstream bicycle culture they are well-used and work.

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7 comments:

Dave said...

After my first visit to Denmark, I always wondered how the bikes got up there. We have double-deck racks in the Netherlands as well, but ours slide down so that no heavy lifting is required. Just slide the front wheel into the inclined channel until the bike locks into place, lock up your bike, then lift the incline and slide it back into place. Some are even spring loaded making it easier to put your bike in place (such as these ones: http://www.cycleup.nl/compact-fietsparkeren)

Anonymous said...

As usual, the Dutch show the way in bicycle friendly design. I'm getting rather tired of the Danish conservatism...

Anonymous said...

I think the biggest producer of modern two-tier racks these days is German, though those Dutch racks seem competitive.

Mikael said...

@anonymous 14:17: Signing whining comments as 'anonymous' is sooo 2004. Including the ones you write over at Cycle Chic.

NorthSport.dk said...

Folding bike users dont need racks and their bikes dont get stolen. Actually it solves a lot of problems :-) Nice racks though....

Heidi Goedhart said...

Does anyone know the manufacturer of the double stack inverted U racks? Those are awesome

Heidi Goedhart said...

Does anyone know the manufacturer of the double stacked inverted U racks? Those are awesome!