Not all bike racks are created equal. BikePGH works with government, businesses, community advocates, and individuals in helping them decide the right location and right design to best meet their needs, and the needs of bike commuters, customers, and visitors they want to serve.
If you are interested in purchasing a bike rack or scheduling a bike parking assessment please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412.325.4334.
Six things to consider when installing a Bike Rack
1. Will the bike rack be in the public right of way (on the side walk) or will it be located on private property?
If the location is in the public right of way you will need to contact the City of Pittsburgh Bike/Ped Coordinator Stephen Patchan (412-393-0150) or your local government. Once you contact Steve he’ll provide you with the easy steps to get started.
The City of Pittsburgh and BikePGH have partnered to provide free bicycle racks to eligible small businesses based upon request and availability. Please complete this form to apply.
2. Place bike racks as convenient or more convenient than car parking whenever possible.
3. Bike racks should be in secure locations that are well lighted at night.
4. Be sure that the bike frame and wheel can both be locked to the rack. Avoid racks that only allow a wheel to be locked, aka “wheel benders”. See examples below.
5. Provide ample space between bike parking spaces, at least 24″, preferably more, when installing multiple racks.
6. Bike racks should be sheltered from the elements whenever possible.
For the last several years BikePGH has established an excellent working relationship with DERO Bike Racks. Established in 1995 Dero is a proven leader in bike rack manufacturing. Their attention to function, aesthetics, and quality makes their products stand out. All of Dero’s steel products are harvested and fabricated in the USA. All Dero racks contain post consumer Recycle content of 25.6% and a Pre-consumer (Post industrial) Recycled content of 6.8%. Dero bike racks purchased through BikePGH directly support our advocacy and educational efforts.
Three Rivers Bike Racks
One of BikePGH’s earliest victories was securing a grant from the Sprout Fund in 2003 to design a Public Art Bike Rack. The result was the Three Rivers bike rack that mirrors the confluence at the Golden Triangle. This proved to be a major win that helped garner BikePGH a great deal of attention.The racks were designed by Wall-To-Wall Studios now located on the Northside. They were originally manufactured by Red Star Ironworks right in Millvale. The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership using Federal Transportation Enhancement funding joined forces with us to increase the original production run tenfold. BikePGH (volunteers at the time) spent countless hours working through red tape to install the first racks, and then worked closely with the city to create a better system that would streamline the process for requesting and installing any bike rack that was to be placed in the public right of way.
The project demonstrated that bike advocacy was more than just infrastructure and education, but that art and good design were part of the organization’s core values too. More recently BikePGH collaborated with the Mayor’s office to make available several hundred Three Rivers racks to Pittsburgh businesses as part of the Mayor’s Taking Care of Business Districts program. Each rack holds two bicycles – one on each side – and is made of solid galvanized steel that is securely bolted into the pavement.
These racks seem to inspire the eye of many photographers. Above are some of the photos and pictures that we’ve found. If you’ve got one, send it our way and we’ll add it to our flicker site.
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