Last login: Thursday, May 12, 2011
Re: bike valet...
The point of a bike valet is to have a staffed, monitored area where people can safely leave their bikes at festivals and other high-traffic events. It's useful when the number of bikes being parked exceeds the number of racks available. Leaning your bike against a tree or post is not sufficient to deter thieves, as these objects don't support the use of high-security U-shaped locks and are not clustered close enough together for an attendant to watch them.
With someone always on hand to watch the bikes and pass out claim tickets, people can use their bikes to get to these high-traffic events without worrying that they'll get stolen. It's not "politically correct"; it's simply a way of removing an impediment to people using their bikes to get around. And it makes good economic sense to boot --- the city provides a bike valet in front of a popular row of bars and restaurants every weekend to handle a crush of bikes that would normally overwhelm the supply of racks. The bike valet area is always close to full, and enables a lot more people to patronize the businesses than would otherwise be the case.
May 12, 2011 at 5:42 p.m.
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