The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s classroom building at Columbus Drive and Jackson Boulevard provides people with a tool stand and air pump.
Samantha, the author of Ding Ding Let’s Ride, and I have finished our deliberations on the winners of the 2012 Grid Chicago/Ding Ding Let’s Ride Best Bike Parking Awards.
We had 5 categories (3 bests, 2 for “needs improvement”). Jewel, the supermarket, won in three categories for three locations, winning both “needs improvement” categories. There were 20 nominations; Samantha and I submitted about half of them.
Best Civic or Institutional
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) won for its sheltered bike racks at the Columbus and Jackson building, near the classroom entrance and for providing a Dero Fixit stand that includes tools and an air pump. I was especially excited about this nomination because the nominee submitted a message that said it was sheltered and had the repair stand. The competition was 30 N LaSalle, a Loop office building that houses several City departments.
It took me a while to go and visit the SAIC location to determine its viability in the competition. After exploring it for a few minutes, I sent some photos to Samantha and recommended SAIC be recognized for providing a high-quality bike parking area for staff and students.
Best Grocery Store
Jewel at Southport and Addison (3630 N Southport). They have plenty of standard u-racks scattered up and down the sidewalk near all entrances.
Best Non-Grocery Store Business
Publican at Fulton and Green (837 W Fulton). Custom made and near the entrance!
Most in Need of Bike Parking
Jewel at Paulina and Milwaukee (1341 N Paulina). It has none!
Most in Need of Improvement
Jewel at Desplaines and Milwaukee (370 N Desplaines). This award really goes to all Jewel locations that use the deficient grill rack design including Roscoe Village on Western Avenue, Illinois Medical Center on Roosevelt Road, Lakeview on Broadway, and South Loop on Wabash Avenue. I have been on Jewel’s case for years; I eventually developed a grocery store ratings system.
The grill rack (also known as grid or schoolyard rack) is not an acceptable bike parking design.
Be thinking about the 2013 awards! For Samantha’s full explanations and photos, visit Ding Ding Let’s Ride.