There are public sidewalk bike racks installed at popular transit and business spots across the five boroughs. With more cyclists on NYC streets every day, the demand for public bike parking continues to grow, despite the fact that city adds almost 2,000 bike racks a year. The growth in cycling is a great thing, but the chronic shortage of bike parking is not. Transportation Alternatives advocates for increased funding to the NYC Department of Transportation's CityRack bike parking program.
Click here to find a CityRack or request one on your block.
Transportation Alternatives recently partnered with the NYC Department of Transportation on the CityRacks Design Competition to redesign the official NYC bike rack. This means the standard, black inverted-U rack will be phasing out in favor of a hot new bike parking look on NYC streets. The new NYC circle racks will be hitting the pavement during the summer months of 2009. Check out the new design here.
Keep in mind, the rules regarding bike parking to street signs are unclear, which means that there is always a chance your bike could be removed. If you do lock to street signs try not to block the sidewalk for pedestrians. As for private property (scaffolding, fences, railings, awning posts), it is up to the property owner/manager to allow or disallow bike parking.
If you are interested in installing your own bike rack on city-owned property, you will need to apply for a permit to do so here:
DOT Office of Permit Management
GOOD BIKE PARKING CHOICES:
BAD BIKE PARKING CHOICES:
USE TWO LOCKS
SECURE BOTH WHEELS AT ALL TIMES
SECURE YOUR SEAT
LOCK AWAY FROM THE CURB
Check out Transportation Alternatives' Bicycle Parking Solutions manual for information and tips on winning indoor bike parking where you live and work. T.A. is also working hard to ensure that common sense legislation is passed to ensure that indoor bike parking is mandated citywide.