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Park Potential: Increased Bicycling

A Washington Post article from this past week describes the worldwide trend to create better facilities for bicycles and an accompanying increase in use, noting that “the number of cyclists has doubled in a decade in cities as disparate as Berlin and Bogota” and that “global bicycle production has increased for six consecutive years, according to a report by the Earth Policy Institute.”

There are many issues to cover with regard to parks and bikes — and this blog will aim to cover these issues going forward. But for now, perhaps the most unique item in the Post’s piece is the video on Tokyo’s automated bike garages — available near transit stations.

What could these do for parks? Millennium Park has a staffed bike station and Minneapolis just opened a similar one on its Midtown Greenway. Downtown parks — many times in need of programming and features to draw use — are prime locations for possible automated bike facilities. I have yet to see this in the U.S., but the small, unobtrusive kiosk (shown at right) from the Biceberg company in Spain would be ideal for the edge of a park in a compact area.

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