Parking Doesn’t Matter

…especially when you’re in the Bike Business. But as this article points out, having parking at your store doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be getting more customers than anyone else – or that it’ll even be profitable.

With bikes, there is a similar situation: bike parking can sometimes be hard to come by as well, especially in cities such as Boston where bicycling is becoming more and more abundant – and the city often struggles to keep up with the demand for more bike racks. Here we install 250 new bike racks every year, but in a 89.6 square mile city, that’s pretty spread out. Fortunately, with the link at the bottom of the page there, you can suggest where to put a new rack.

Looking at this map, you can see clearly that many areas of the city are in a dearth of bike racks, such as the South End, South Boston, and our very own North End. The hot-spots of shopping and a few cultural locations are covered, but it only takes a short walk through any of the South End’s historic streets to see bikes piled atop one another against fences, street signs, and other things. Bikes are kept safer on racks designed for that purpose, so it’s a no-brainer that more need to be installed there. Tremont Street’s Restaurant Row area would surely be a great place to put a few racks – or why not one at either end of a residential street? Easy storage would surely entice more people to ride.

Admittedly, that map leaves off a lot of racks that are installed by building managers or other non-government bodies, so it’s nowhere near complete, but it gives a good insight into how the city’s bike culture has room to expand, and how it can enhance the economy in all areas.

Food for thought.
P.S. has anyone ever noticed that the South Bay Shopping Center, where Home Depot, Target, and so on are has almost NO bike racks? Every time I ride to Home Depot I end up having to lock my bike to one of their outdoor display stands.

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