For years I’ve been collecting pictures of bike parking (good and bad), but I’ve not written about the racks much. Recently I came across three excellent reviews of bad bike racks on the One woman. Many Bicycles. blog:
Go read her posts about these poor excuses for bike parking devices. Note: none of these work at all with my recumbent bike.
There is an even worse design out there—various versions of the wheel-bender:
I see variants of these bike-damaging excuses for bike parking all over the place, but have not taken many pictures of them. The wheel benders are very cheap, can be squeezed into very little space, are visually unobtrusive, and are universally hated by bicyclists—those features make them popular with places that are required to put in bike parking but really want to discourage bicyclists—the nearest MacDonald’s has wheel-benders, for example. I do not patronize businesses that use them (unless forced to do so, and then I try to talk to the manager about their anti-bike design).
If readers of my blog are interested in seeing some of the bike parking pictures I’ve taken, let me know, and I’ll try to do posts of some of the more interesting ones. Mostly I’ve taken pictures of good (or at least adequate) bike parking, but I do have some photos of common design or installation errors.