Bicycle parking stations in every city

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.

3 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Suit Carrier

    Today our transport (car, train or bus) and places of work are air conditioned. Our clothing reflects this. Introducing a bike to the mix also introduces sweating, especially in summer. So the showers are a good idea. Can we also have lockers and a laundry facility? Or has someone invented a suit carrier for a bike?

    • Steven says:

      Re: Suit Carrier

      Not so long ago I carried a suit back from the dry cleaner like a cape worn behind me. It was simply a matter of slinging the coat hanger hook into my collar, and choking for a short while.
      Today I’m ordering a Brompton ready to collect when I fly into Amsterdam on 2 May. Have decided to travel everywhere using panniers. Which means no suiting up at all on my adventures, alas.

    • Anonymous says:

      Re: Suit Carrier

      Maybe a mini washing machine that’ll wash & dry one’s sox & undies while one is in the shower would do the trick.

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