HRM – Recently we shared what makes a great bike rack with you. This week we are hoping to raise awareness and change in regards to properly facilitating bike parking in Halifax and Dartmouth. Out of the numerous parking spots in the HRM, the Halifax Cycling Coalition has determined the three best and three worst spots using a bike parking evaluation tool developed by Citizens for Safe Cycling — a not-for-profit based in Ottawa.
We want you to vote on your favorite/most hated!
Best Parking Nominees
The Dickson Center Entrance, Victoria General Site
Some positive attributes to this site include: a variety of rack configurations; the parking area is completely covered by an outcropping of the Dickson Center; and on top of being regularly patrolled by security staff, there is a security station not 15 meters away from the site.
Summer Entrance of the Halifax Infirmary
Some positive attributes to this site include: the site is covered by the roof of the building; this site is again patrolled by security and monitored by CCTV. Though finding a spot that offers two points of contact can be difficult if you get to work late, there are 15-25 spots offered at this site.
Alderny Drive Entrance, Alderny Landing
Some positive attributes to this site include: the racks are partially covered from the elements by the Alderny landing building, although the racks don’t offer two points of contact, there are 15-20 spots offered at this site; and these racks are easily visible to pedestrian passerby who could intervene if something fishy is going on.
Worst Parking Nominees
5991 Spring Garden Professional Center
The biggest negative to this spot is the use of the “Toaster” rack. This rack does not support use of the U-Lock, leaving you with the option of only being able to lock a wheel to this rack (it is simple to unscrew a bike wheel), or using a chain lock which is thin and can be easily cut. If your bike tilts to the right or left while in this rack, it will bend your rims as well.
1030 South Park Street Again, we get the use of the Toaster, only this time, much more maniacal. Not only does this site offer an impractical type of rack, it is exposed to the elements, and tucked out of site of pedestrian traffic.
Halifax Ferry Terminal I think the designers of this bike parking site meant well, but experienced trouble with their execution. The rack itself is a middle of the road “Wave” rack which is partially tucked under a structure that is 4′ tall. Unless you are into crawling on your hands and knees to lock up your bike, this rack is nearly unappeasable and impractical.
Photos courtesy of Steve Bedard