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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Counterpost to Patterson's Dish-Drainer Bike Racks

I'll be darned if I didn't just read Steve Patterson's manifesto against "dish-drainer" style bike racks, arguing that they were inefficient since you can't secure the bike frame, only the front wheel, when I walked out my door (I now live next to a grocery store), and saw this:

And a zoomed-in view:

This method, which secures the frame, could fit at least six similar bicycles, if not more. Steve's public apology to the "dish-drainer" bike rack may be forthcoming. Stay tuned for details.


Will said...

MAYBE you could fit 6 more bikes on there comfortably, but good luck removing one from the middle later on.

Steve Patterson said...

No apologies. The rack, as designed, is not useful. Will is right, try extracting your bike from the middle of such a mess. No thanks!

Matt M. said...

I kid, of course. :D

Andrew J. Faulkner said...

As I replied to Steve's article the problem is one of density. Do we prioritize more expensive designer racks or do we provide more bike space? Hundreds of 1-2 bike racks would clutter the streetscape while dozens of these racks would lock as many bikes. If we look to countries that actually live up to their alternative transportation hype we see a lot of prosaic racks

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