More Bike Racks Needed!

Despite the heat index of 102°, the bike rack at the Eola Farmers Market was full, as usual. It’s a beautiful thing. I bet if the city installed a few more, they would be full, too. It’s way easier to come to this market by bike than by car.

6 replies
  1. Curly Suze
    Curly Suze says:

    Maybe conventional planning wisdom here in the US still doesn’t recognize bicyclists as equally-consuming shoppers? This despite the way people can carry/haul lots of stuff on or with their bicycles? With what the city spends on roads and road care, a bike rack or two would be cheap.

    (lurker from north central Mass chiming in .. and really enjoying this blog)

  2. Tom
    Tom says:

    Don’t you know that those bicycle-using shoppers are really anti-‘muriken commies? Why would you want to encourage them to continue to shop at farmers’ markets, which are of course populist uprisings against big-store capitalism? >;-)

    Yeah, a full bike rack is a beautiful thing. Next more beautiful is TWO full bike racks, with all of them being used for hauling goodies from the farmers’ market!

  3. Will
    Will says:

    That bike rack is so empty 6 days out of the week. How can they put money into infrastructure like that that’s only used during peak times?

    • Keri
      Keri says:

      We put 100s of millions of dollars into 6-lane arterial roads that are only full at peak times. Parking lots are built to accommodate cars on peak shopping days and sit empty, contributing to the heat island effect and water run-off pollution the rest of the year.

      What’s a few hundred bucks for another bike rack?

    • Curly Suze
      Curly Suze says:

      Re: “That bike rack is so empty 6 days out of the week. How can they put money into infrastructure like that that’s only used during peak times?”

      Is this sort of like that special public transportation system that runs 2x per weekday 9 months out of the year, the one with the big yellow buses and the routes that start and stop at the schools? Somehow we find the money to fund all that fuel and tons of rolling metal ~ so maybe a few cheap buy-once-and-install bike racks really are affordable after all.

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