When the first diamond frame bicycles became popular in the 1890s they were often called "wheels" - the national cycling association was called the "League of American Wheelmen." We have moved from "wheels" to "bikes," but the bicycles have remained remarkably the same over more than 100 years - elegant in their efficiency and simplicity. And many of the issues that we think are new? They were around then too.
Friday, November 5, 2010
No Bike Parking, Please (Capitol Hill, LoC)
How not very friendly. At the Adams Building, Library of Congress, Washington DC (on Capitol Hill).
What they mean is that they don't want bicycles locked to the railing blocking the ramp for the disabled, but do they provide a bike rack close by? No. Do they indicate where the nearest LC bike rack is (about 100 yards away, out of sight, across the street)? No. And so on. So instead people have bikes locked to sign posts up and down the street. Could be done better.
And the sign itself actually takes up more of the relevant real estate than any bike ever did. Oh well!
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