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Bike parking scarce at DC USA

Friends and Smarter Growthers tell me that the new Target in Columbia Heights has been a rousing success, except for the bike situation. According to reports, there were bicycles locked up all over the place this weekend because, when spending $42 million for a parking garage, our government didn't build enough bike parking.

Meanwhile, the taxpayer-subsidized garage was about half full midday on the weekend. Only the Target is open so far, so that may change. Remember, the garage needs to be about 95% full, ten hours a day, to break even. But if bike parking is already scarce while car parking is plentiful, we've already gotten it wrong.

Update: here's a picture from Cheryl Cort of Coalition for Smarter Growth. I count at least seven bikes and zero bike racks; one bike (toward the background) seems to be blocking some pedestrian walking space. Cheryl also says there is room for racks along the building's edge that is currently empty.

David Alpert is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Greater Greater Washington and Greater Greater Education. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He loves the area which is, in many ways, greater than those others, and wants to see it become even greater. 

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I suspected that this was going to be a problem. It took some prodding after the Kenyon Square building opened with the Heights inside to get that one measly bike rack on the triangle with the gravel. There are two (usually 3/4 full) at Giant, but I can't believe that they didn't put a long row of them outside the building, or inside the garage. Ward 1 folks should definitely email Jim Graham's office, DDOT, and Jim Sebastian (name correct?) who is the bike feller for DDOT.

HUGE oversight.

by Steve Davis on Mar 10, 2008 10:40 am • linkreport

There aren't currently any bike racks on the the west side of 14th street between Irving and Park (where the main entrance to the mall is). There also aren't bike racks on the north side of Irving between 14th and 15th nor on the south side of Park between 14th and the Church (the other boundaries of the DCUSA complex. Oops.

by zt on Mar 10, 2008 11:23 am • linkreport

The ratio of profitability to parking is highest in the case of cyclists: $11,605 USD per square metre.

Motorists come in second with $10,251 USD per square metre.

Motorists are not better customers than cyclists, pedestrians or the users of public transport.Because they buy smaller quantities each time they go, cyclists go to shops more regularly (11 times a month on average, as opposed to seven times a month for motorists) and are thus exposed more often to temptation.

(http://ec.europa.eu/environment/cycling/cycling_en.pdf)

by Lee Watkins on Mar 11, 2008 6:26 am • linkreport

"We recently learned that bike racks were not installed in the garage as we had expected. We will work with DDOT to resolve this.

I understand that DDOT is installing some sidewalk racks tomorrow."

by Lee Watkins on Mar 14, 2008 5:23 am • linkreport

Check out WABA's Flickr site for photos of the bike rack raising. www.flickr.com/photos/waba/.

They were still there, and well used, as of yesterday.

by Eric Gilliland on Mar 16, 2008 11:34 am • linkreport

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