Good Evening Everyone!
Along with other projects I have been working on over the past 3 months, I am starting to build out a map of places to park and lock bicycles around Denver. Given that I will be fairly busy with other writing projects, I NEED YOUR HELP.
If you are interested in participating in this project, be sure to email me here with a picture and location of the bicycle parking you see.
Before you send a picture of the bike racks you see, make sure they are the following:
1. Public, Free and Accessible
Generally has to be in a public place and available for anyone who is riding a bike to park it. I would not consider a private bike locker at an apartment complex or work to be either. The bike lockers at RTD probably fall in the “Not Free/Accessible” category as well because you have to pay for them.
2. Relatively Secure.
I have seen bike parking areas that are held down by a single screw in various parts of town that are fairly unsafe to park a bike with a basic ulock/cable combo because of how structurally unsound they are. Something like that would not be included or included with that qualification.
3. (Generally) made for bicycle parking/locking.
There is some ambiguity here, but locking up to a meter/pole/tree is not something I would consider bike parking. Whatever the structure is, the form must (generally) be built for bike parking, whether it is a rack or something else.