Corrals and Oases: Bike Parking in Portland

Here’s one more from this summer’s Carfree Cities conference week in Portland. In this Streetfilm, Greg Raisman of the Portland Office of Transportation treats Elizabeth Press to a bike parking tour, featuring two designs that make the most of available space while keeping pedestrian impediments to a minimum. The "bike oasis" incorporates a sidewalk bulb-out for bike storage, while the "bike corral" secures scores of bikes in parking spots once occupied by two or three cars.

Not only are the set ups convenient for cyclists, they’re good for business too. Says Richard Satnick, founder of Laughing Planet Café:

"They’re very heavily used all the time. And the usual business argument that you’re taking away parking just doesn’t work here."

  • This is brilliant, and so logical. If bicycles are considered vehicles by the rule of law, they should be able to park in the same places other vehicles can. It’s the great equalizer!

  • this is such a great idea, i hope JSK & Bloomy jump on this!

  • fabo!

  • tricotmiss

    If they made the barrier of the corral differently, bikes could lock to the fence as well.

    Awesome to see a city make simple and effective changes to improve bike infrastructure!

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