Bike parking, I know, fascinating stuff.
But like anything it’s all about who’s doing it. Your local community board? Probably pretty boring. How about if you’re an avant garde rock and roll hero, like David Byrne? Besides giving the world awesome songs, becoming an international spokesman for the benefits of cycling as transportation through interviews, advocacy, writing a rather popular book about urban planning and rocking tours on a folding bike; he’s also managed to create the most interesting & fun bike parking structures…. ever.
But before everyone and
the New York Times their dog got excited about bicycling, Mr. Byrne was quietly doing a creative and awesome advocacy project on his own: weird bike racks custom made and legally installed throughout New York City during a time when bike parking was especially hard to find.
In the years since we’ve seen a half dozen versions of what bike parking fixtures look like – rectangles, circles, rectangular circles… B-O-R-I-N-G. This was his idea:
As the New York Times, reported; “The locations about as perfect as one could imagine — Wall Street for the dollar sign and Bergdorf’s for the giant high heel!”
Sadly these works of genius and fabrication mastery were only temporary for several months in … in 2008. I’ll always remember the joy of locking up to a few of them. Each time it seemed like astounding good luck. There it was. Here I am. And it was just sitting there. It felt like parking on the white house lawn, but.. you know… more awesome.