Rack by Popular Demand
Bike racks are back in NYC.
This summer the DOTís CityRacks program will finish installing 1,400 new bike
racks, bringing the citywide total to 3,400. Smartly, most racks are being
placed at locations where bike parking is in highest demand.
On a related note...
To meet the rising demand for bike parking, the DOT needs greater authority to install bike racks without first obtaining approval from Community Boards. Community Boards donít have the power to veto trash cans, benches or tree grates, so why should they be free to nix bike racks? This misplaced authority prevents or delays the DOT from installing many racks in needed locations.
A Long Lonely Summer for Abandoned Bikes
NYC is in desperate need of a
policy and program to identify, tag and remove abandoned bicycles. Abandoned
bikes not only needlessly occupy parking spaces, they can block sidewalks and
foment community opposition to installing more bike racks (because people fear
that they will fill up with abandoned bikes). The City should designate one
agency to run an abandoned bicycle removal program.
Bikes parked to every available surface shows the need for more racks around NYC.