Eyes on the Street: Yankees Grab Lead in “Subway Series of Bike Parking”

You’ve gotta hand it to the Yankees. When they decide to do something, they don’t go halfway.

yankees_parking.jpgThe Yankees have installed dozens of bicycle racks across the street from their stadium. Photos: Starts and Fits.

In the inaugural season of their new ballpark (built with a monstrous amount of new parking and financed with a heaping pile of subsidies), Sports Illustrated noted that the team failed to provide any bicycle parking.

That put the Yankees squarely behind the Mets, who had the good sense to stick some bike racks outside CitiField.

In the run-up to opening day 2010, however, the Bombers have staged a furious rally. Starts and Fits paid a visit to the stadium this weekend and snapped these photos. Turns out there’s a new vault of covered bicycle parking in one of the Yankees’ garages, across the street from the stadium. It’s a big improvement over last year’s most convenient option: a single M-rack two blocks away.

Starts and Fits estimates that the new racks can comfortably accommodate 160 bicycles.

Okay Fred Wilpon, you’re up.

  • Allan

    These are the worst kind of racks. Why not standard staples? I guess you guys in NYC haven’t become snobs yet 🙂

  • As a Sox fan, I am forced to tip my hat to the Yankees on this one. However, they should have chosen a better rack type. Perhaps it was a nod to a certain activity that generally starts in the outfield, but when “wave” racks are near capacity, it can become very difficult to keep bicycles organized and handlebars from getting tangled. Also, when several racks are available, users tend to park their bicycles across the wave, vastly diminishing the intended capacity. Perhaps the Mets can figure out that U-racks, or derivations thereof, are far superior.

  • Hey, the Yankees only got a billion dollars or so in subsidies. You can’t expect them to spring for the good bike racks.

  • Melky Cabrera

    It doesn’t take much to get you guys excited. Ignore that the Yankees got over a billion dollars in public subsidies, money that could surely be used to help the struggling MTA, and salute them for putting up a few bike racks. Strange world.

  • Larry Littlefield

    The Mets don’t have many bike racks, but when I pedaled over to a day game last April, I was the only one using them.

    Hopefully I won’t have to use all my days off for the quarter before late April, because I have my eye on a mid-week Mets day game if I can take the day off.

  • Clarence Eckerson Jr.
  • baruch
  • vnm

    The garage in question has 1,700 spaces for cars. Maybe they’re just complying with the Bikes-in-Garages Law.

  • While I’ll agree that “wave” racks are not as secure as an “inverted U” rack and that there are some really cheapo “wave” racks out there, I still don’t find this style of rack to be all that bad. We have them behind our building at work. I use them all the time and bikes rarely fall over as is the common complaint about them. I’ll even have go so far to say that I disagree with APBP’s bike parking design guidelines, that says these racks are totally inappropriate bike parking solution.

    “Inverted U” racks are still better but these are not all that bad particularly if these is some sort of secondary security like cameras our security guards.

  • This is nice, but outside of the principle, does it really matter? The problem has never been a lack of objects to lock a bike to.

    The problem is that the idiots at Yankee Stadium won’t let a person carry in a standard sized bike bag because, “it’s too large.”

    The one and only time I went to the new stadium I thought, “Maybe the new stadium has new rules?” No. I have no real problem with them searching the bag. But that’s not good enough. “The bag is too large,” I was told, “Maybe you can put it in your car.” (And no I didn’t want to check it at the bowling alley.)

    I was coming from work and had mostly paperwork in my bag. It’s just crazy that what matters is the size of the bag (which isn’t that large) and not what is actually in the bag. And I have a feeling a woman could have just called it a purse.

    After trying and failing to get in at three entrances, a succeeded with this undignified solution: I took everything out of my bag, held everything very awkwardly in one arm, and rolled up my bag as small as possible in the other hand. Apparently, while being a bicyclist with a bag is verboten, looking like a disheveled homeless person is A-OK.

    If the Yankees don’t want my business, fine with me. I’ve never had a problem at Shea Stadium.

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