Bicycles can be parked in a variety of imaginative ways – racks can be ground mounted, wall mounted, attached to poles and there are even products that store bikes up in the air on ‘bike trees’ or underground in vaults. The creative solutions seem endless.
And it’s not just about rack choice. The spacing of racks is also key to the success of a facility and this is one of the foundations of the current 1993 Australian Standards.
One of the problems in the field has been the conflicting advice about rack spacing rife among suppliers.
As a company that has built its reputation on Standards compliant bicycle racks, spacing, cages and hubs www.bikestorage.com.au was fielding calls from bewildered architects trying to find definitive answers on rack spacing. So the company approached Standards Australia with a proposal to review the 1993 standards covering bicycle parking facilities.
Standards Australia agreed it was time for an update. But there was one more hurdle. Broad community support had to be demonstrated. A lot of dedicated individuals, organisations and Bicycle User Groups responded with a fantastic range of ideas on how to improve the current standards.
“We’re hopeful our initiative will be successful,” says Graeme Roth, Director of www.bikestorage.com.au. “The Standards are international best practice when it comes to spacing – in line with those of other countries but wall mounted racks are now commonplace and many people are installing multi bike racks that can’t actually park the number of bicycles they claim to and still meet Australian Standards,” he says.
“We know that the temptation to sacrifice space by jamming too many racks in should be avoided if you want the facility to work and for cyclists to use it,” he says.