Cycling News: Bike Parking
What beats a day at the ballpark? A bike ride to and from the ballpark! Thanks to five new bike racks at Shea Stadium, the only thing being stolen at Mets games are bases. The racks were a direct result of the Department of Transportation’s 2004 Bike to Shea Day. Prior to the event the DOT established short-term goals for the event (distributing maps, promoting cycling on the scoreboard at the stadium) but DOT staff had a larger goal in mind. The provided their Parks Department counterparts with a fact sheet on the tremendous success of San Francisco’s SBC Stadium and Chicago’s Wrigley Field, both of which have permanent free bicycle parking facilities and offer free bike parking at all home games. After the first Bike to Shea Day last spring the Parks Department agreed to install CityRacks at Shea Stadium. Though this is not as snazzy a set-up as in Chicago or San Francisco it is a good short-term solution. This experience has also opened up a dialogue between the DOT and the Parks Department about providing a more high-end bike parking facility in the design plans for the new Yankee Stadium. If a new stadium is built for the Mets permanent bike parking will be requested as well.