There are a number of interesting sites in the CBD that have inadequate bike parking - inadequate in that they apparently fail to provide either for the number of bikes parked, or have zero capacity. My contestant today is 45 Pirie St, which appears to be HQ for some financial institutions - I presume with a need to accommodate couriers and even customers, like me - yet has ZERO capacity and no intention of providing any ( see picture). True, there are some parks near-by, eg at the ACC shop front, but they are always full when I want one. How a prosperous commercial building gets away with zero bike parks escapes me. There are a few more around town like this, so I provide this opportunity to name-and-shame.
( Incidentally, hats off to News Ltd in Weymouth Street, who augment the standard ACC provided racks by providing some of their own as well, with a little plaque to remind the user of their contribution ! Nice, Rupert...)
45 Pirie Street was recently upgraded so there is really no excuse. It has(paid) spaces in the underground car park for tenants but you're right - there is nothing outside. The closest bike park is the set on-road stands outside Viva cafe on the other side of Gawler Place. That is invariably full too. I understand ACC has plans for more of those bike parks. I hope so.
I would have nominated the biggie, the DPTI in Grenfell St. However within the last 2 months, 3 bike-bars have materialised out the front.
Perhaps all the work people are doing to encourage cycling is working.
More cyclists increases the demand for bike parking.
Is more cycling good?
I would expect most of the members of this site would think so.
Think of all the car parks this would free up.
Perhaps the bike parking needs to be reviewed so the council can install parking were it is most needed.
Maybe this could be a task that parking inspectors could do on their rounds after all they would go past several times a day.
Do we need short term (timed) bike parking?
This is what can be retro fitted to car parks. Designed to fit into one car park it has accomodation for 12 bikes and has changing facilities.
Obviously designed for commuters not visitors but this company has that covered as well.
Oh yeah and an Australian company as well.
The ACC has plans to trial a pod with showers and secure bike parking for 10 or 20 cyclists (2 sizes).
"...The ACC has plans to trial a pod with showers and secure bike parking for 10 or 20 cyclists (2 sizes)..." quoth Heather...
This thread is supposed to be about *casual* bike parking, convenient to those locations that attract bicycle visitors.It is NOT about " workplace bike facilities" such as showers, secure sheds etc - all those are up to the employees of those workplaces to request. I used to work in a situation with *excellent* workplace facilities, but *nothing* for casual visitors to the building. It would be useful if bicycle "advocates" could remember this distinction, which they often blur, IMO counter-productively. If I have to wait for the ACC to install showers & "secure" bike parking everywhere I want to go, I might have to go to a lot less places !
No, all I want is a rational system that determines where bike parking is required, and sets a schedule to install that infrascture. Indeed, maybe ACC could publish a list of such sites ( ie, those which will get BP in the future..) so that "users' could comment, especially when some "critical" sites seem to be neglected. [ RAH springs to mind - another site with good employee parking - I believe - but less than adequate "visitor" parking]
Contact ACC rather than complain publicly. I asked ACC for bicycle parking outside Cafe Palazzo and installed within a few weeks.
EVERY public and corporate building should have free footpath bike parks for at least 4 bikes. It caters for couriers, often requested by those corporations, and gives out a positive message. And of course it shows consideration for anyone who uses the corporations' services and wishes to visit by bike.
Silly I know, but maybe bike couriers could charge a fee for every client who doesn't provide parks.
Do love the green pod idea (for commuters) as well.
They seem to have a great range of products. The lack of bike parking is a turn off for me to ride in the city other than social outside a coffee shop where I can see the bike & use a low cost lock.
We should have a proper big bicycle parking in the city now.
I am quite lucky to still study in University since they have bike cage, but to find bicycle parking outside Uni is quite frustrating especially in working hour.
Why don't government stop build car park and build bicycle park instead.
FWIW : Most of the ACC car parks DO have bike parking - tho the access is usually via ramps for cars, that are less than fully bike-friendly. There also seems to be an air & light deficit whenever I have to use a car park ....
FWIW 2 : I visited 45 Pirie during last week. One day, there was a drenched bike courier leaning his/her bike against the (expensive , abrasive) stonework, as requested by the Management in the photo at the top of this thread. When I said how poor I found such a lack of facility, s/he shrugged with indifference, while acknowledging that that address was in fact a highly visited site for couriers. By coincidence, I saw him/her at hir next job, [ the NW corner of Pulteney/Pirie] where s/he ignored the (empty) visitor racks there, and parked against the stonework, again.