Bike Parking

Luckily up in Albany we don’t have the problem of lacking parking for our two wheeled forms of conveyance. What if we did though? Would you pay 20 to 50 dollars a month to park your bike? In NYC parking garages have started “bike parking” where you can leave your bike with them and then go around town.

We have something like that here. If you visit the Albany Medical Center, hopefully on good terms, you can park your bike in their garage which has a special section for bike parking. The employees are given a special space to park theirs behind a fence, but for the rest of us there are a few racks where we can lock up. Honestly I like the idea, but every time I park there I always wonder to my self why there are no conveniently place bike racks on the street, and don’t get me started on the bike racks they decided to go with. They are the long ones with the slots that are too small to put your bike in which are the same ones in front of the Price Chopper on Madison. But I digress.

I think I would rather pay for a good lock then pay someone to watch my bike for me. The ease of parking on the street and the shorter walk to the door is well worth it because who needs to walk an extra 50 feet to the door when you just rode 5 miles to get there.

I love being an American.

Written by Chris Belsole

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  1. ethan

    I can see the benefits of these “pay for bike parking” things. If it’s lighted, warm, dry, that goes a long way. If you can’t bring your bike into the office, something like this would be really helpful.

    But as the article points out, some situations are barely more than space in a parking lot. A lot of other cities have done much more to provide stellar bike parking options.


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