June 7, 2019 at 11:57 am #8527dychildsParticipant
Are there requirements or guidelines for businesses to have parking for bikes? There’s good city built stands in downtown/kensington/beltline but riding to the local 7/11 or strip-mall there’s often nothing to lock your bike to. Example: look at all the car parking and not one measly stand.June 8, 2019 at 12:45 am #8529crivakParticipant
I’m not exactly sure about a bylaw, but this page would probably describe what is required. It also links to where you can request a bike rack (the 311 service request at the bottom). The last time I requested a rack for an area like this though they told me I needed to contact the owner of the strip mall. Worth a shot though to see what they say. I think if there’s no parking at all then they might be obligated to put in something? If they say this it might be a good idea to give them an idea of what to get, or to contact the city for their official ones, so they don’t get one of those super crappy unbolted racks.June 10, 2019 at 8:25 am #8544dychildsParticipant
Thank you, very helpfulJuly 31, 2019 at 4:38 pm #12951mecheicParticipant
Hey Crivak, you’re right they do same with me…August 1, 2019 at 12:04 pm #13106
I have found that there are some places that really should have racks that don’t have them and then it’s a really weird exercise to find something to lock your bike to. It’s a nuisance. In the past I’ve locked my bike to emergency generators, trees, gas meters, stair railings, statues, sign posts and derelict equipment. Kinda’ difficult when you’re trying to do it with a small U-lock. One time, I was locking my bike to a Muster Point sign in the middle of a garden (really?) out in an industrial park and the manager of the business came running out while he was TOTALLY FREAKING OUT about it, like I was harming something? He told me I could take my bike into the foyer of their office but when I was rolling my bike through the door his staff began TOTALLY FREAKING OUT (The Haters! The Haters!).
The good news is that there is a spot at the bottom of the link that Crivak posted where you can request a bike rack. What I’d like to see is a few more bike repair stations installed around the city (like at the Co-op liquor store on 11th street or in front of the Oak Tree Tavern on 10th street). Anybody know of any others in the City? That would be useful info, maybe a map on this website would be useful.August 3, 2019 at 2:13 am #13291crivakParticipant
Steam Whistle lists repair stations at these addresses:
Coop Wine Spirits Beer; 1003-11th Street SW, Calgary AB
Home & Away Calgary Kitchen; 1331 17th Ave SW, Calgary, AB
Two Wheel View; #101, 1725 10th Ave SW, Calgary, AB
Alforno at 222 7 St SW has free air. Don’t know about repair station.
There is also free air and a repair station at the Tourmaline Outdoor Fitness Park next to Angel’s Cafe in Edworthy Park.
Most bike shops will also have a repair station. Bowcycle for sure.
The Dero Fixit at Tourmaline Fitness Park. This was installed by Calgary Parks Foundation. Apparently there is another one along 10th Avenue S.W somewhere but I don’t know where exactly.
Take a look at how many repair stations these folks have setup in Toronto:
Here’s another Toronto group:August 4, 2019 at 8:44 am #13486
Well that’s a great list. Thanks for posting! I think Steamwhistle forgot that they had one on tenth (Oak Tree Tavern).
The funny thing is that I ride by Angel’s twice a day and quite often ride by Two Wheel View (maybe once a week) and never noticed those stations!September 1, 2019 at 7:46 am #19231
Bad News: Somebody removed the station at the CO-OP liquor store on 10th & 11th. Why?? And I really needed to use it ….. Traffic was heavy that day so I didn’t bother to go to Two Wheel View, choosing instead to go to the repair station in Edworthy, where I found that the #@&~” pump had a hole in its hose! Mal Suerte!September 4, 2019 at 9:11 am #19790nikkisParticipant
ohh the bike stations are impressive. they do have also in Alberta if anyone knows?November 17, 2019 at 7:07 pm #39257swazichickParticipant
You can request a bike rack on city owned land (ie. parks) but at malls and privately owned businesses you need to contact the owner. I did this and they did put up 2 bike racks (after they had taken the old rusted ones out and not bothered to replace them) quite quickly. However, they were both in big box malls and they put up one lonely bike rack beside the one store I mentioned at each mall. So the next time I went to either mall and wanted to go to another store on the other end of the mall I would have needed to park where they’d put the bike rack and walk across the parking lot to get to the store I wanted. Needless to say, I chained my bike to a sign in the parking lot. This means that I must contact the owner and present them with a list of every place I want a bike rack. But then, I need to contact every mall in the city or any other shop I may plan on visiting. It really isn’t feasible. Has anyone ever contacted the city about making a bylaw that shop/mall owners must have parking available for bikes? I’m getting frustrated chaining my bike to signs in the middle of parking lots. I feel like there needs to be a better solution. I’d just like to know what people have tried.November 3, 2020 at 3:32 pm #119042majchersParticipant
Calgary Bylaw (and other related) clearly defines all the requirements for bicycle racks, storage etc. The problem is that it applies to the new construction, not to the so called “grandfathered” situations. So your next door 7/11 that exists there say since 1970 when there was almost no bikes around may not have anything to accommodate your bike.
The abovementioned option of requesting installation of a bike rack – mind you: on a city owned lands only – seems to be the only way around so far.
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