There are six categories for Ding Ding Let’s Ride-Grid Chicago bike parking awards: four “bests” and two “most in need of”. Nominate a location now!
- Best Civic
Government building, library, community center, etc.
- Best Grocery Store
National chain, local chain or store or corner bodega/deli
- Best Non-Grocery Store business
Retail store, restaurant, tavern, gym, medical office, etc
- Best Multi-Unit Housing
Either public or private housing
- Most in need of Bike Parking
A location from one of the above categories that has NO bike parking at all, and desparately needs it
- Most in need of Improvement
A location from one of the categories above that desparately needs it’s existing bike parking repaired or improved
I’ll be nominating the bike parking in the photo above at the AMLI 900 South Loop apartments (900 S Clark Street) for the category “Most in need of improvement”. It’s placed over 200 feet from the nearest resident entrance, and obviously doesn’t have enough bike parking spaces. There may be indoor parking available, though. I am concerned about the installation because this is a four-story split-level parking garage with over 200 automobile parking spaces. The zoning code of Chicago, section 17-10-0207-C, specifies that there must be 1 bike parking space per 2 auto parking spaces, meaning there should be 50 bike parking spaces in this residential complex (17-10-0301-B says a developer doesn’t need to provide more than 50).
The double deck bike rack in the parking garage holds only 10, and clearly doesn’t hold them well (see photo above in which bikes on this rack are falling over). This is the first example to showcase the problems with the bike parking zoning code and how the experts at the Chicago Bicycle Program are not involved in plan approvals. A reader submitted the photos.
I’ll be nominating the sheltered bike parking installation at the Edgewater Dominicks’s (5201 N Sheridan) for the category “Best Grocery Store”.
Updated January 9, 2012, to correct my interpretation of the zoning code on the max. number of bike parking spaces required.