Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Bicycle parking amenities - Columbus, Ohio

The city of Columbus, Ohio (with the help of other organisations) has installed official bicycle parking shelters with "amenities" and green roofs. The first one I noticed is in the Short North part of High Street.There are more being installed this coming year.

It is February, so a lone bicycle is not unexpected... although, I am surprised it is not full of abandoned frames missing their quick release wheels. Either the city weeds the rack, people do not cannibalize bicycles in Columbus, or it's simply too far from campus for such shenanigans.

The thing that impressed me the most is the "fixit" station by the curb.

How cool is this??
Fix-it tool station & bike stand!
It's a bike stand, bike pump, tool kit combo. (The only thing missing is a lubricant dispensor but I guess that could be way too messy.)

Again, the lack of cut frayed cables and missing tools is surprising and very impressive. I'm sure these will get a lot of use!


  1. I don't know how much rain the shelter is going to hold back (so your bike doesn't get wet). Looks a bit small to me. A little bit of wind and your bike still gets wet.

    The bike repair thing is a good idea maybe. In The Netherlands I've not seen one of those, but in Portland, Oregon I've seen one.

    1. I'm not sure, but I think the wind isn't as much of a factor in Ohio... :)
      Maybe the shelter is more for snow?

    2. We do get hurricane force winds in Ohio and it's becoming more and more common.

    3. Ok, then maybe the shelter is just for looks. And it is pretty!

  2. Tools have been cut from the stands unfortunately. : (

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