Cycling in Sydney Australia
I dont about anyone else but IMO those round metal bike racks that adorn our Sydney streets are the worst designed racks ever...period....I would be interested to know anyone elses thoughts, if anyone has come across a brilliant design that could work? Any rack that puts the bike perpendicular to the road is not practical in most situations...thus the round creations have spawned.
Do you mean the ones that are attached to poles? The intention with these is that bike should be parked in the same orientation as the ring, i.e. parrellel with the road. In this way the bike is well supported, and the frame and both wheels can be locked.
Only issue I can see is that the ring could be removed by someone with the right tool (or a saw), so best to put lock round the pole as well.
Yeah the ring doesn't add a lot to the pole on its own.
It provides additional support, especially useful for step-throughs and folders.
I've seen heaps of bikes locked to poles that have fallen/been knocked over onto the path/road.
It makes it impossible for the thief to pull the old trick of lifting the bicycle over the pole and the sign.
Montreal has a good system. The parking meters are about 500mm off the building alignment and there is a ring around the pole. A bike can be attached on each side. Or they are closer for just one bike in busier places. But they are virtually everywhere. Canadian cities have better structures than our cities for producing smart infrastructure. They have far more control at the city level. You do not see a multiplicity of local and state authorities at cross purposes.
Yes that is the evil creation I loathe ! they are designed to strip paint form your ride in any way possible on any part of your frame and fork. I wish someone could create something using a different structural material that was paint friendly. On a side note re Chris talking about poles, my partner witnessed a "business woman" get out of a car on WIlliam St and knocked over the good quality bike that was attached to the pole. My partner said something and the woman told her where to mind her own business. My partner walked off, then the woman called to her and as she turned around the "business woman" jumped on the bikes wheels.....Montreal rack system is great, I'll let Clover Moore know, cheers
Could you reverse the bike into this one and secure it via the rear wheel and frame triangle?