During Dan’s visit (see May 29th post), we went for a walking tour of the Capital Hill neighbourhood of Seattle. On the way, we saw this beauty:I delayed our quest for the martini bar in order to take a photo of a bicycle rack – yes, I’m exactly that geeky. But…it holds a minimum of 9 bikes in a single car parking space! And it has an adorably cartoony car design. Since only a few bikes were parked there, I couldn’t really tell if the spaces were wide enough to allow two bikes per space. I suspect not. However, even at a single bike per space, a trade of 9 bikes for one car is fantastic. At that time there were only three bikes parked. However, I wouldn’t assume that meant a lack of demand. This was early afternoon on a Monday and the neighbourhood was extremely quiet. The streets were really quite deserted until two or three hours later.
Sadly, we are unlikely to see more bicycle corrals in the near future. Due to budget cuts, SDOT (Seattle Dept. of Tranporation) has put the bicycle parking program on hold and it may be cut entirely (see the write-up on Seattle bike blog http://seattlebikeblog.com/2011/05/26/sdot-bike-parking-program-on-hold-could-be-cut/).