Private Sector Taps Into Demand for Bike Parking

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Here’s another promising development for New Yorkers in need of convenient bike parking. We received a tip that PrimoSpot.com has expanded its parking search capabilities to include bike racks. The site now has pictures and locations of racks in Manhattan (below 179th Street), western Brooklyn, western Queens and Hoboken. Just choose your search area on the PrimoSpot map and click the red bike icon. There’s also an iPhone app to help find racks while you’re on the road — a feature not yet offered on the DOT CityRacks Google map.

"Of course, the site is mostly dedicated to helping motorists find cheap parking," writes our tipster, "but it’s cool that they include bikes."

We’d be interested in hearing from readers on how useful the PrimoSpot locator is, and how it compares with the official city map. 

In related news, Manhattan Mini Storage is touting its services to cyclists looking for secure indoor space. Not sure how useful this would be to the regular commuter who doesn’t live within a block or two of one of the company’s facilities, but if nothing else it’s an interesting recognition of cyclists as a market waiting to be served.

  • vnm

    If a BID sets up a bike rack, is that considered a “City Rack” for the purposes of the DOT map? I see some BID-sponsored racks in the PrimoSpot map that aren’t on the DOT map. On the other hand, I also see some DOT-mapped racks that don’t show up on the PrimoSpot map.

  • P

    It would be nice if the icons didn’t look like tricycles.

  • gecko

    Since bicycle technology is essentially a low-margin commodity revenue streams from their broad implementation will likely come from electronics communications and data processing where it will up to huge deep-pocket companies like IBM, Verizon, Hewlett Packard, and Intel to develop business models the can extract enough to support the minimal stripped-down infrastructure it requires.

  • gecko

    Expanding on the idea:

    Since bicycle technology is essentially a low-margin commodity, revenue streams from its implementation will likely come from electronics communications and data processing where it will be up to huge deep-pocket companies like IBM, Verizon, Hewlett Packard, and Intel to develop business models that can extract enough funds to support the minimal, stripped-down infrastructure it requires not unlike the cell phone towers of wireless technology; and, not unlike the terrific revenues that flow out of the broad use of cell phones. In fact, cellular transportation vehicles and systems are the logical extension of the previously separate, yet highly interdependent, communications and transportation industries to provide a unique expediency, functionality, and world-saving sustainability of truly remarkable implications.

  • James

    It would be great if we could get this for those of us in the Bronx. I mean, they list bike racks locations for Hoboken, NJ but not one of the boroughs of the actual city? What’s up with that?

  • Maybe the developers live in New Jersey? I notice they include one of the bike racks on the block where I live that was destroyed a year or two ago. Their data must not be very recent.

  • Whoa! Slow down NY! We’re still trying to get bike racks in Central Phoenix. I think there’s like three total. I wish I was kidding.

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