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Ideas for Bicycle Parking

Check out these pictures of bicycle shelters and on-street bicycle parking. These are the types of bicycle parking ideas that should have been implemented at the new shopping center on South Beach. If two on-street parking spaces are removed, there would be enough room to park about 30 bicycles.  Considering the developer just over built parking due to city of Miami Beach minimum parking requirements, I  can’t foresee a problem with removing a couple of on-street parking spots and throwing up a bicycle shelter. The existing inverted U racks the developer just purchased could then be placed under the bicycle shelter.  Do we dare to try something different?  If there is one development on South Beach that deserves covered bicycle parking it would be this one. Bicycle shelters also need to be considered for  locations around Lincoln Road where bicycle parking is already undeserved.






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  2. If by on-street you mean car parking on the street itself, the 5th & Alton mall has none of that, just the interior parking garage. If by it you mean the bike racks by the street, then yes.

    Either way, it would be great but I don’t hold my hopes up. What the developer really should have done (and the City should have been stronger in pushing for this) was to have some of the interior parking spaces converted to multi-bike parking spaces. The access to the garage via the elevators is annoying but doable. This would help to keep the bikes a bit safer (a friend of mine has had 2 bikes stolen from the Publix in the last 1 1/2 month), protected from the environment, and foster a sense that the mall really cares about the by-bike customers, which on the Beach are quite a lot.

  3. Mike Moskos says:

    I think the real issue is that while businesses are quite willing to pay for “location, location, location”, they never take full advantage of that huge land/rent cost because they assume that most customers will arrive by car. They just don’t think about the customers who appear on foot or by bike (even though it is these customers who are the most “locked in” to their services/products). If I’m walking or biking, I am NOT going to drive across town for $1 less on something. We walkers/bikers need to tell our vendors just how f…ing inconvenient they make it for use them and that if we get into a car to go shopping we’re going to go across town to get the really low deals.

    Here’s some things I can think of a business should provide:
    -a bench outside (or just inside) so we can collect ourselves, rest from a long bike/walk and re-pack our purchases for the walk/bike/bus ride home. A water fountain near the front door is ideal.
    -bike racks that are visible from the store interior. Even better, I like the bike racks at the Hialeah Metro Station-picture a refrigerator on its side, solid all over, and rented for the month. Imagine this: same device, but you insert your ATM/credit card for the key and the enclosure is yours (for free) ’til you come back. No one is going to patronize a store over and over where their bike gets stolen. (I realize a better system could be worked out for the key, but like parking, it should be “free”.)
    -a water bowl outside for our dogs. For stores where you can conceivably do business in just a few minutes or less, a hook-type device to tie our dogs up. It shouldn’t be too close to the front entrance, but you should be able to see your dog.
    -trees fully shading the sidewalks and/or bus stops on the businesses property. You aren’t going to get walkers during the day if they have a long walk in the South Florida sun. If that walk is shaded, more people will walk.

    Businesses don’t get it yet ’cause they don’t have to-gas is still cheaper than grocery store milk*. But it is also our fault because we don’t tell them and since most of the business owners/employees get to work by car, how would they ever know? Start opening your mouth at businesses. Businesses will change infinitely faster than government ever can-they don’t require feasibility studies, votes by multiple committees, lawyers, etc. I can guarantee you the Publix manager (or regional office) couldn’t tell how many bikes have been stolen outside his front door.

    *well at least that white liquid they sell in grocery stores; real milk which is yellow colored and sold unpasteurized because the animals are so healthy it can be sold unpasteurized; runs $7-13 a gallon.

  4. New City Hall says:

    It will be difficult to get MPA to budge on this. The Miami Parking Authority is it’s own entity. However maybe something can be worked out. Something that is interesting is Pittsburgh’s “bike rack request” a store front in a business district that has a right of way can request to have a small bike rack placed in front of their store.

  5. RG says:

    This shopping center is a disgrace when it comes to pedestrian/bike friendly planning. I attempted to visit the TJ Maxx store the other day. I had to take 1 elevator, walk across a crummy walkway with cheesy images of Miami Beach to detract me from the parking garage ugliness surrounding me, take another elevator to get to my destination. In contrast, I recently went there by car - drove in and parked right in front of the store. Now what was more convenient?? How could the City allow this suburban building in an urban environment. The street level is not attractive and looks delapidated after only 2 months of being in use. I saw abandoned shopping carts, trash, and bums. Once again, just another city planning failure.

  6. Robert Rosenberg says:

    These are all much better bike parking set-ups. The dumb ones the City has everywhere now, the single inverted “U” parallel to the street with a BAR across it’s middle section seems designed by someone who has never locked up a bike! Of course, interior garage parking that was more secure and protected from the weather would be even better, but a harder victory to win at this point. And that garage is shockingly pedestrian unfriendly - you could get killed trying to traverse it, so many cyclists (me for instance ) would prefer to lock it to a post of any kind on the street and avoid entering the dark, depressing, ugly and unsafe garage interior!

  7. @Robert - Actually, the “staple” or inverted-U type of rack is one of the best ones for locking bikes, far better than the long filing-cabinet style or the wavy Us style. In the staple, you are able to pull your bike parallel to it and lock it in a variety of places, including through the back wheel and onto the rack, and through the central seat post and onto the rack. In the other two, it gets harder to lock the core of the bike and you’re usually stuck with locking a wheel to the rack (which is about as unsecured as you can get) or with the wavy ones you can pull up your bike to lock the center of it, but end up taking a lot of space so the number of bikes per rack is diminished.

  8. Mike Lydon says:

    Daniel is right. The Inverted U is by far the most efficient, and the crossbar even allows for additional stability/locking points. Good for Miami Beach for at least selecting a well-designed standard rack.

    FYI-the Miami Bicycle Master Plan covers bike parking in depth :-)



  9. Felipe Azenha says:

    For the most part I think developers tend to forget about those of us that arrive by foot and bicycle. Pedestrians and bicyclists needs should have been considered from the very beginning, but for the most part they were not. That being said, it’s never too late to make things better. The developers of this project seemed to recognize that pedestrians and bicyclists are important consumers and have begun to accommodate them. Two months ago we had 3 or 4 bicycles racks at this location, today we have almost 15 racks! This is certainly a step in the right direction, but we aren’t there yet. We certainly deserve secure and covered parking, just like all the other shoppers that arrive by car.

    I drove by this shopping center yesterday and although there is no on-street parking as Daniel correctly points out, there is relatively large loading zone at the Publix entrance that could very easily accommodate a decent sized bicycle shelter. By placing the bike parking just outside the Publix entrance, you effectively safeguard the parked bicycles. The constant flow of customers walking in and out of the store is surveillance in and of itself. The more people you have on the street, the safer the area becomes; shoppers end-up policing the public realm.

    Personally, I would prefer to see the covered bicycle parking at the entrance of Publix, rather than in the parking garage. I think most bicyclists would just end up parking it out front even if there were bicycle parking in the garage. It would just be too much of a hassle to take your bike up the elevator. Most of us choose to ride our bicycles because it is faster and more convenient. We should not try to complicate the parking problem too much.

    Ideally some sort of secured, covered bicycle parking on the ground level should have been included in the developer’s plans before the project even broke ground. Going forward my expectation is that the developers consider the needs of all the shoppers when they decide to build their next shopping center. The purpose of a dialogue like this one is to collaborate on best practice ideas and then implement them in the future.

  10. If the City ordinance that was reviewed back in Oct at the MB Bikeways Meeting goes through (and it looks like it will at some point next year), MB will make it mandatory for private developers to have minimum quotas they need to meet for on-street and secured bike parking based on the size of the project, from malls to residential buildings. It’s not perfect-the numbers of parkings requested are very weird and not in tune with other bike master plans-but it is something.

  11. I wonder who is the developer; I can’t seem to find out. We should be sending them links to all these posts, as an FYI. I do it with the City of MB.

  12. RG says:

    The developer is AR&J SOBE, LLC. The owner is the Potamkin family.

  13. RG says:

    My favorite quote from that resolution from the City of Miami Beach:
    “…over the past two (2) years, the proposed Project has been reviewed on several occasions by various City Committees including Finance & Citywide Projects Committee, Transportation and Parking Committee, Design Review Board, and Historic Preservation Board;”

    WOW. And none of these committees noticed that there’s no acceptable bike parking and pedestrian access?????
    But, I am sure, the Parking Committee was pleased with the outcome.

  14. Hagbard Celine says:

    Agree with the general points made, keep in mind MPA only has jurisdiction in the City of Miami, not Miami Beach.
    Also, Miami Beach aims to copy the bicycle parking ordinance that Miami passed a few months ago. So maybe contact MB transportation group and ask them how that’s going.

  15. kyle says:

    I think all these little Miami municipalities should form one large, central municipalty of the City of Miami. We have too many layers of government here in Miami, and there’s no reason one part of Miami should have great bike infrastructure whilst another municipality be completely devoid of any. It’s bizarre.

  16. Unfortunately, the micro-cities, as annoying as they are, aren’t going anywhere. It has happened that a larger city reincorporates smaller satellites but it isn’t common at all.

  17. Mike Moskos says:

    For anyone interested in the bike locker concept, here is a link:

    Or you can see them installed at the Hialeah MetroRail station. They may be at other places, but I haven’t seen them any where else.

  18. CD says:

    The developer is AR&J SOBE, LLC. The owner is the Potamkin family.

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