This is as embarrassing as going to the chemist. I must stand before you and confess that two wonderful bicycle parking stations have gone under my radar. Both are by architect Fernando Vazquez, in Long Beach CA, commissioned by bikestation.
I guess it’s time to admit, reporting on every new architect designed bicycle parking station, will soon take more time than I can devote to the task. Within ten years, bicycle parking stations will demand their own trophies at all our architectural awards nights. Many American cities now require 5 bike spaces per 100 occupants in all new commercial developments, 50% of which must be secure with showers and lockers. To date, the mere provision of such facilities has been newsworthy. From now on though, we’ll be able to focus our attention on ways this new building type might invigorate architecture.