Spring 2002, p.4

"Chicago" Super Rack Is Gangbusters

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When it comes to bike theft, NYC is the undisputed champion. So, one would imagine that NYC has the most theft-resistant bike racks. Not so. Since 2000, Chicago has installed 2,000 steel, heavy-gauge, square-tubed, super racks that make New York's look flimsy by comparison. Now, thanks to T.A.'s advocacy, the "Chicago Rack" will soon be joining the battle for secure parking on the streets of New York.

In early 2002, at T.A.'s urging, the City Art Commission approved the Chicago style rack design and, in March, the DOT's CityRacks program developed the specifications for the new rack and issued a request for proposals. CityRacks plans to install over 200 of the new racks this spring.

The DOT's City Racks program was started in 1996, and since then it has installed over 2,000 bike racks in New York City. By 2005, CityRacks aims to install 4,000 more. T.A. works with CityRacks to ensure that the Department chooses the most effective designs available.

To request a rack, call CityRacks at 212-442-7687 or see www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/get_around/bike/bikerack.html.