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.