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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Maybe people don't know they are bicycle racks?

Interestingly, at the Navy Yard Metrorail Station, there are two sets of bicycle racks, one by the street is a typical utilitarian set, while the other, installed by the developer of the adjacent property, employs "arty" architecturally forward racks.

When I was in the area on Wednesday, I noticed that the architecturally forward racks were unused even though they are closer to the entrance, and better placed in terms of the potential to get smacked by an errant motor vehicle.

(Unused) Fancy bicycle racks at the Navy Yard Metrorail Station

Bicycle racks adjacent to the street at the Navy Yard Metrorail Station (technically these racks don't meet DC regulations and industry practice)
Bicycle racks adjacent to the street at the Navy Yard Metrorail Station (technically these racks don't meet DC regulations and industry practice).



At 7:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I personally would be inclined to use the rack closer to the street, no matter the design.

At 7:54 PM, Blogger Richard Layman said...

Why? NOT SNARK. Just trying to get your insights.


At 7:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because given the same distance of travel (from the street to the building door, or the metro escalator) I would rather walk free of the bike than have to transport the bike by walking it. The rack design is neither here nor there to me. Its just easier to use the ones closer to street, which are more visible and convenient.

At 4:44 PM, Blogger Richard Layman said...

Makes sense. Hadn't fully thought it through. The one reason I'd consider the other set of racks is having gotten a wheel wrecked once by a car that backed into it. So I am always leery about parking a bit too close to the street.

At 3:05 PM, Anonymous Cybrbanana said...

Cybrbanana has left a new comment on your post "Maybe people don't know they are bicycle racks?":

When I was taking a class down there for a week in December, those racks were full of those ‘dockless’ bike share bikes. Maybe they were ‘rebalanced’ before you took that picture?

At 3:06 PM, Blogger Richard Layman said...

hmm. I have to admit I was merely there at "one moment in time." It definitely wasn't an example of repeat observations.

Will make a point to check the next time I'm down there.


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