Bike Parking Expanding in the Heights
When the City of Cleveland Heights wanted to increase bicycle parking capacity, they wondered where they should place more bike racks.
To help the city gather location ideas, The Heights Bicycle Coalition surveyed members and other local cyclists about their bike parking needs. The survey asked “Where would you like to see more bike racks?”
Thirty cyclists responded and gave suggestions about locations in the Heights area. Severance Town Center was most often cited as an area that needs bike racks. One respondent noted that the Severance Ring Road includes a bike lane but that bike racks are rare.
Other areas where bike parking was suggested are: all area Starbucks, Cedar- Fairmount area, The Rockefeller Building, Coventry Peace Park and building, Forest Hill Park, Cedar Center and Wendy’s on Cedar Road. Locations in downtown Cleveland and Shaker Heights were also suggested.
The respondents also mentioned the importance of bike rack design. A rack that provides two points of contact with the bike frame provides more stability and allows the lock to secure both wheels and the bike frame to the rack.
Bike racks near retail business provide short-term parking but long-term parking for bike commuters is also needed. RTA has installed covered parking at several Rapid stops for cyclists who combine cycling and public transit. These covered structures protect the bike from rain and other elements - prolonging the bicycle life and preventing weather damage.
Bike parking capacity in the Heights is increasing and racks will be placed where cyclists described a need. The City of Cleveland Heights, the Cedar Fairmount Business District and other business districts are installing more bike racks. The Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District is improving bike parking for both students and staff.
Improved bicycle parking is one aspect of a bike friendly community. “Convenient, easily used, and secure bicycle parking encourages people to replace some of their car trips with bicycle trips,” according to the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.
Joy Henderson is a founding member of the Heights Bicycle Coalition and rides a short commute to work everyday on an old school Schwinn. She also rides a groovy red and orange steel Serotta or a tandem for longer, faster rides.