I expect that as these spots become more well-known, they will see even more use.
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(yes, imagine that deep-voiced announcer speaking) I have an idea for a great event. I am unveiling it here, for Columbus to consider. (Disclaimer: It is not solely my unique idea. Like all great ideas, it was created organically with many people brainstorming. And yes I realize this overlaps with other things going on in Columbus, we can work together on this, or at least share ideas.)
I want an event that will highlight how many scooters and bicycles we can fit into one car parking space. I want an event that will draw attention to better uses of public space than storing cars. In short, I have a dream. I call it a plan but I haven’t done much work on it yet, so I think dream is the more apt term.
(Now if you hate green space and you only want motorcycle and scooter parking, then you should stop reading now. You’ve been warned, this idea might be going a bit off topic from the main subject of this site.)
Now, how to communicate this vision? (oy, too many terms) OK. I previously asked for some graphic design help, and I’m still working on that. I can not do that work myself, it is just not my skill. (So yes you can still help!) So I’m going to use a poor step-child to pretty renderings: photos. They aren’t even cropped together, so you’ll have to use your imagination. (I have tried to give all photo credits, please let me know if you want your photo removed. Just click on the photo to see where it is from.)
What do I want from you, dear reader? I want your suggestions, your criticisms, your pragmatic comments, your wild-and-visionary comments, your energy, your enthusiasm. Tell me, what do you think of this idea?
Imagine an already established event that is held here in Columbus, oh – say once a month. Now imagine it with some slight changes. Keep these changes in mind as you head out this weekend. Where, you ask? Oh I don’t know – maybe Gallery Hop?
(cue announcer voice) In a world without parked cars… what do you do with all those parking spaces?
You can probably fit 3 – 4 motorcycles in each car space, with parking spaces this wide. It is important to provide enough space that riders can get on and off without hitting the motorcycles next to them.
Rule of thumb – most scooters are smaller than their motorcycle brethren. So you can fit more scooters in the same car space. Here you see similar non-crammed parking, with 5 scooters.
Now imagine that the former-car-parking-spaces are also used by bicycles.
Seems like you can fit 6 – 12 bikes in the parking space created for one car.
And just to reiterate, this is in the space that was formerly a car parking space.
But wait, a big row of parking, albeit motorcycles and scooters and bicycles…. can’t we do better? Hmmm…. what if there was some green space in between the parking sections?
Ah yes, that’s better. 🙂
In a future post I will give some more reasoning as to why this is a most excellent idea. But today I just wanted to leave you with the pictures, with the images.
Thank you for reading. And I repeat – Please share your suggestions, your criticisms, your pragmatic comments, your wild-and-visionary comments, your energy, your enthusiasm. Tell me, what do you think of this idea?
We now return you to your regularly scheduled business-as-usual day:
As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. Whether you call it sales or marketing or education, the best efforts involve communicating a vision. Having a visual example of what we want would help people understand it. (As an example – think of all the sketches and renderings that surround new developments.) Please leave a comment if you can help with this sort of thing. (No money to pay you, but we could give you credit for your work, maybe provide a link to your portfolio site.) Whether hand-drawn or built with a design program, I think we could use some good examples. Thanks!
There’s a transportation focused blog (for Columbus) that had a short posting on scooter parking in San Francisco, one of our example cities. Good photos too. Go read it: http://xingcolumbus.wordpress.com/2007/10/01/motorcyclescooter-parking-contd/
* It’s really kind of sad that no group or company has put together a comprehensive guide. (Yes I’m looking at you, Piaggio and the Motorcycle Industry Council.) There is this group (http://www.ridetowork.org/) that has some information, but it’s not comprehensive and it’s a 501c4. This type of guide should already exist, so that we can focus on just getting a petition going and lobbying our politicians. Instead we also have to educate the traffic engineers.
Here are links to some previous discussion about scooter parking in Columbus.
I like the ideas here… although I will say that it is possible to scooter year-round in Columbus, especially given how little snow/ice we get. Is it worse than Florida? Yes. Is it as bad as Minneapolis, where people do scooter year round? No.
Anyways, great discussion.
I actually started this posting before the recent CU post. More proof that there’s work to be done! Unfortunately the news is not good http://www.columbusunderground.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=9809
Personally I don’t like taking away parking spaces from bikes, even if I don’t see bikes parked in the racks. But our scooters are SO much more susceptible to theft than motorcycles, so many of us try to lock to something. They actually make parking racks specifically for scooters/motorcycles. Here’s just one example. Continue reading