It’s been about a week, so have you guys seen the new Boulder bike corrals yet? They’re on-street parking for bikes, which means less hitching your bike to whatever you can find, more bike awareness and more parking-per-spot for businesses (. You can spot them at The Cup (1521 Pearl St.) and Trident (940 Pearl St.).
What do you think?
The Cup has been clamoring for these for a while — and has built a temporary one on occasion.
If you’re surprised by them, check out other cities that have been building and using bike corrals.
A few weeks ago I asked where you would put bike share stations — so I’ll ask this: If you could add two more, where would you put bike corrals in the city?
Recently, my complex doubled the amount of bike parking available on my side of the building. That parking immediately filled up with bikes. My guess is that if they knocked out another car parking spot, yet another 12-24 bikes would materialize and be parked there — bikes that people are currently storing on their balconies or in their kitchens or wherever else.
Think about that as a business. If your business is located somewhere with very limited parking — let’s say, downtown Boulder — would you rather have one car parked outside or 12 bikes? The safe bet is that 12 customers are better than however many fit in that hypothetical car. (Needless to say, you’re making the automobile parking situation just a touch worse by making the switch.)
Maybe that’s why San Francisco is moving ahead with on-street bike parking, according to the Bay Citizen: