It’s not that easy to design a functional, interesting bike rack that comes at a reasonable cost. The standard ‘staples’ we see around Wellington are functional but…they’re kinda boring and I have to say I don’t think they add much to the cityscape. In fact I’ll go further than that. They’re drab and plain, and I say we see them but actually we don’t. When I mention the bike racks on Willis Street near the corner with Manners, even my Willis Street-riding friends go “Eh? Where?” Riding down Lambton Quay I have to search for them, even when I know roughly where they are. The design and colour just aren’t that visible.
There are plenty of examples of elegant or interesting and practical racks. This one made me think we could do something New Zealand-based, with koru, for example. Or how about these? OK they’re not all at the high end of functional, but what about those ‘bedsteads’?! Awesome! (And how much better would those heart racks be if they were red?!)
Here are some examples of the things we could do.
It would be great to see a few more Bikerakks around town. I love using them because they’re kind to my paintwork. They can be used for advertising too, bringing the cost down or providing a revenue stream.
This bike rack is outside an optometrists. There must be plenty of scope for this kind of inventive advertising in a bike rack.
OK so it’s not the most practical, but it adds to the cityscape and calls attention to itself as bicycle parking, and that’s something I’d like to see more of around here.
Yes, I’d like to see more colourful, inventive bike racks around Wellington. But being practical, what can we do with the ones we have? Well, what about adding some colour? Imagine the racks in that photo at the top painted in rainbow colours. Or hot Miami colours. Or alternating red white and blue. Anything! Because if it doesn’t happen, I’ll be seriously tempted to yarnbomb the lot.
EDIT: I should add that I like the racks at the Courtenay/Taranaki corner. But for ages I didn’t use them because I thought they’d damage my bike. Turns out they’re fine.