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Sun, Nov. 18th, 2007, 12:55 am
Bicycle parking


Design a bicycle parking stand - NOW  (Poster designed by Chaitanya)


The bigger picture. We at BOTS have been wanting to slowly start improving the bicycle amenities in the city.  Bicycle lanes, bicycle parking lots, safety awareness for bikers, simple products that can make your life easier etc etc. Some are in the pipe line and some have been gathering dust, due to lack of time, not interest.

Recently CNN IBN got in touch with us and asked us to take up one activity related to biking and take it thru in a span of 4 weeks for some programme of theirs. We were extremely hesitant as we were swamped with work and all these short term thingies really dont work out. But then there was another group in Bangalore which was enthu about this too. Formerly called A.I.R, now renamed Go Cycle. We met up a few times and decided that parking lots for cycles was something that could be addressed.

So here goes. We are going to introduce bicycle parking lots in 3 places in the city and see how it holds and then introduce them all over the city. Hopefully. So stuff to do
- identify locations for the parking lots
- design the stand
- figure out funding
- execute it

One place that we identified was outside Lalbagh. Its a shame to see 100s of folks who ride/drive up till lal bagh. Walk inside and then drive back. Seems utterly pointless. Atleast 10 of these could be converted to biking till there and then biking back home. There were a few other locations.

- design the stand. We are asking some person to design it. But it would be really nice if interested people could take a stab at it and see if they could come up with something interesting. I want to design some really nice posters on this and see if we can have some kind of bicycle parking lot design contest (lack of time is a problem here). Should be a lot of fun.

- funding and execution. Seems far away !

Overall pretty exciting. Parking is an issue right now.
Only problem is time.

Sat, Nov. 17th, 2007 08:00 pm (UTC)
anushsh

I heard about this project from a friend this morning.. err.. yday morning. He said he would be doing some work for this project too. Great idea. Wishing you guys the best.

I really wish that atleast some BMTC buses should have space for keeping bicycles.. I know .. High Hopes :-)

Sun, Nov. 18th, 2007 02:42 am (UTC)
rohan_kini

hey .. whats ur friends name ?

Sun, Nov. 18th, 2007 03:19 am (UTC)
anushsh

Vinay Rao, Bang* Design

Sun, Nov. 18th, 2007 09:58 am (UTC)
amogh

hey Rohan! Bicycle stands in my college are simply 3 or 4 U shaped metal rods turned upside down! you got the picture right ? I think with that design two bicycles can be easily tied/secured to the stand.

Also, chk this one out. It's different from the one I mentioned above:
http://www.core77.com/blog/object_culture/roel_vandebeeks_better_bicycle_stand_7674.asp

Sun, Nov. 18th, 2007 10:02 am (UTC)
rohan_kini

Very nice design I must say. Thanks for the link dude.

Yup. I get what your saying. Thats how they are all over the world. But then was hoping for something innovative like the link you have sent. Thanks :)

Sun, Nov. 18th, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): Good idea..

I have seen the ones where bicycles are put against the walls, like they are riding on the wall.
It saves a lot of space. I thought it was very smart.

Something like in the PDF below.

www.bv.com.au/file/file/The%20bicycle%20parking%20handbook.pdf

--Mo

Sun, Nov. 18th, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): Re: Good idea..

Actually, the link I just sent has a lot more smart and low cost designs.
Cool eh?

--MO

Mon, Nov. 19th, 2007 02:48 pm (UTC)
anushsh

BTW, You are free to use the wiki on SaveNandaRoad.com for this project. Let me know :-)

Mon, Nov. 19th, 2007 06:51 pm (UTC)
rohan_kini

thanks dude. Will definitely let you know if we need this.

Mon, Nov. 19th, 2007 03:25 pm (UTC)
deponti

excellent idea. When I go by bus (esplly when I have shopping etc to bring back) , I go to the Eastend bus stand, I have an arrangement with a house-owner to park my cycle there, and then take the bus. How much nicer to have a cycle stand where I need not take an obligation from someone....I would be willing to pay by the hour like I would for parking my car...maybe you can incorporate that?

Btw...only realized yesterday, when I spent time (after ages and ages) with Kaddy, about nikhile.....and she also told me something that I hope is true....

Mon, Nov. 19th, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
rohan_kini

:) very nice ..

Oh you know Kaddy ? Wow the world gets smaller and smaller :). And what you heard is totally true ;). Hence the total total lack of time these days. heh

Fri, Dec. 28th, 2007 09:53 am (UTC)
(Anonymous): That parking contraption is toooo big

What you need to do is get metal U-bars into walls. Lift the bike so that it stands on its rear wheel and then lock the front wheel on to the bar. The bars as shown in picture are all over cambridge. It is quite difficult to find bike parking in cambridge sometimes!

Fri, Dec. 28th, 2007 12:09 pm (UTC)
rohan_kini: Re: That parking contraption is toooo big

Oh ya ..
totally ..

Unfortunatley others thing that Advertising seems to be an integral part of the bike parkinglot !!!