The bike rack of tomorrow
Bike racks were nearly all the same for many years. A space was available for the front wheel of the bike and users were able to lock the wheel to the rack to prevent theft. As bicycle technology has advanced, however, it has become easier to remove the front wheel for repairs or transporting the bike, which also means that it is no longer safe or effective to lock a bike by just its front tire.
This has led to the development of the classic loop design that is so widely used in locks today. It fits everywhere and allows for two points of contact so the bike’s frame can be secured as well as the wheel. But the increasing popularity of bicycles as an alternative to cars or other forms of transportation has increased the need for bike storage at office buildings, schools and in other public spaces, and designers have started thinking about what the bike rack of tomorrow might look like.
The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia held a contest last fall in conjunction with the city itself to encourage and discover new design ideas, and the nine winners are now on display. They range from functional to futuristic. On the latter end of that range, for example, is a design called “Koi,” which is a stainless steel panel with numerous openings of different sizes cut into it. These openings provide locking points, and embedded LEDs gleam when a bike is attached to provide illumination at night.
Other designs work to balance durability with creativity. One, which is simply called “Bicycle Rack,” is made of iron and attempts to blend Philadelphia’s blacksmith tradition with the Fibonacci Spiral famous in mathematics.
These innovative designs are just a few of the many changes that are taking place with the growing need for bike racks. Anova offers a number of contemporary designs that fit well in a variety of locations, all while providing features such as our Fusion Advantage finish that prevents rust, fading, peeling, mold and mildew.
As more cities, campuses and offices work to become bike-friendly, well-designed bike racks that provide security and visual appeal will be an important part of these efforts.