Additional bicycle parking may debut downtown Around Town, posted by Editor, Danville Weekly Online, on Oct 28, 2011 at 7:32 am
The results of a recent bicycle activity and parking study were revealed at a Danville Parks and Leisure Services Commission meeting on Wednesday. The study proposes that more bicycle parking be made available near downtown hotspots to keep up with the community's growing interest in recreational and sport bicycling.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, October 27, 2011, 8:17 PM
Posted by Resident, Danville, a member of the Monte Vista High School community, on Oct 28, 2011 at 7:32 am
Pleased to see the town considering this subject. Hope the bike racks will be put near where the cyclist congregate, near the coffee shops, or they won't be used. Most of those 1900+ Saturday riders have valuable bikes that they will not leave far from their sight.
Putting racks in at the high schools is also an excellent idea. Both San Ramon HS and Monte Vista HS now have active bike teams. However, the students with their valuable racing bikes have no place to safely store them should they ride them to school. So, instead, we've added to the traffic problem. Either parents deliver their bike by car after school for practice or the students must drive to keep them locked in their car during the school day.
If racks exist at the HS's, maybe more kids would choose to ride a bike. After all, walking and biking from Monte Vista HS is often faster and safer than dealing with the traffic and congestion.
Posted by psmacintosh, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Oct 28, 2011 at 9:33 am
"The total cost of this project is estimated at $41,050, but the Parks and Leisure Services Commission intends to seek grant money to complete this project."
For clarification, is $41,500 the total cost, including the parts and installations ....OR just for the "study" and planning phase? Hopefully it's everything.
What/whose act initiated this concern and study?
Have many bicyclers (and/or downtown bicycle stores) themselves expressed this "need" and requested this capital improvement project?
Has their been a SURVEY of the bicyclers themselves, as to whether or not they feel they really need and will use these racks.....or have they found plenty of ways already to sufficiently "lock" up their bikes (such as just cabling through the wheels).
Posted by Mike McCormack, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Oct 28, 2011 at 12:04 pm
I live in downtown Danville and bike everywhere. The bicycle parking is abysmal. I go to the Post Office, no bike racks, so I have to park the bike against the window, locked to itself, and in view.
A bicycle locked to itself is a risk to be stolen.
While Danville city staff may have done the study for their public spaces/sidewalks, I am not so sure they really were able to consider parking in the privately owned shopping centers. Trader Joes/Post Office, terrible. FedEx center, terrible. Outside restaurants, terrible, Livery, terrible. McCalou's, terrible.
If you are reading this and have not riden your bike in a while, I encourage you to get your bike out of storage, if needed get a tune up at one of the three bike shops in Danville, and ride-an-errand. It's enjoyable.
Posted by Mike McCormack, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Oct 28, 2011 at 12:09 pm
Another comment, I rode to the Library two days ago, and the bike rack parking was... terrible. They bike racks were made of two metal triangles afixed to the ground, and my bike could not be placed between them in such a way as to keep it propped up without potentially falling over and damaging the bike. I don't use a sport bike for errands around town, but I still need a way to park it so it does not get damaged.
So I did what two other people had already done, park their bikes on the back side of the plastic benches out front.