Proposed bicycle parking

20140228 bicycle pavilion

Our proposal for Streets Without Cars includes generous bicycle parking to accommodate the estimated 2.6 bicycles currently stored inside each Drummond Street household. As previously touched upon, we have based our design on the successful Parkiteer bicycle parking model installed around 69 Melbourne metropolitan train stations.[1] Our version shares the following Parkiteer qualities:

  • Roofed to provide shelter from rain, wind and sun
  • Walled with transparent open screens for increased street surveillance and safety
  • Fitted with secure bike racks to enable locking of bikes

There are two characteristics of the Parkiteer model that we have changed, however these are dependent on the way you think you are most likely to use the storage facilities. We welcome your comments, and will happily alter our design to suit. The differing characteristics are:

  • Our parking pavilions do not require paid membership. They can be accessed by anyone at any time
  • They are also doorless, eliminating the need for swipe access membership cards

Essentially, our question is this: would you prefer an open bicycle parking facility that permits free entry and no membership, or a secured bicycle parking facility that requires swipe card access and an annual membership? In either scenario, the pavilions will have bike racks to which bicycles can be secured.

20140228 bicycle plan

Streets Without Cars incorporates 96 secure bicycle parking spots, divided across three pavilions at either end of the site. These are accessed via a continuously paved section of the street that permits both north and south bound bicycle movement. Car movement is limited to northbound traffic only.


Footnotes:

[1] Parkiteer is an initiative of the Bicycle Network Victoria.

Image sources:

  1. Bicycle pavilion. Copyright Mihaly Slocombe.
  2. Bicycle plan. Copyright Mihaly Slocombe.
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4 thoughts on “Proposed bicycle parking

  1. The bike sheds interrupt views of a very well preserved 1880s heritage streetscape. A walk down the central reserve gives a great feeling of openness. Filling it with structures defeats the purpose of wide streets.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Emily. We’ve tried hard to protect the sense of spaciousness within the street at the same time as offering greater opportunities for social interaction and street use.

      From our perspective, increasing the built volume within the street is more than balanced by this greater amenity.

      We’d welcome any further thoughts or suggestions for how we might better address your concerns.

  2. We’re so lucky to have wide streets with well preserved 1880s houses on Drummond Street. The picture above shows people walking home along Fenwick St from the tramstop at Lygon would have that view decimated.

    Perhaps this design might be appropriate in a new residential development but like the new fortress on the corner of Fenwick and Drummond it just doesn’t fit with the character of the area.

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