Tuesday, April 14, 2009

park it, dad.

One problem facing bicyclists is finding a good place to park their bicycle.  We live in Culver City - and I must confess that while the bicycle parking is often convenient - more often than not it is substandard.  Most of these racks are what we in the industry would call "wheel benders."  Basically, they only support a front or rear wheel if you lock your bike the way the rack was meant to be used.  Not only is this dangerous for theft reasons, but it also makes your bicycle vulnerable to damage from being knocked over while un-attended.  Here are some wheel benders through out Culver City:

Downtown - Culver Plaza

City Hall

Culver City Aquatic Center

Veteran's Park



While most of the parking is substandard, there are some good racks out there.  These racks are also downtown.  What I like about them is that they are minimalist, space efficient, and support your bicycle while allowing it to be locked securely.

Here they are again.

A word of caution.  Bike theft is on the rise.  If something isn't secured by a lock - you are running the risk of it getting taken.  Especially with the economy in a funk, people are looking to make an easy dollar anyway they can.  Don't let your bike be a part of that cycle.

Also - don't compromise and park at a crappy rack where your bike isn't secure.   Ride around and find a light post, parking meter, bench, or something secure that will keep your bike safe.

If you know of any additional places in Culver City or Los Angeles that have substandard bicycle racks, shoot me an email here.

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