The city of Portland, Oregon, has reached the impressive milestone of 100 bike corrals.
That's 9 years after the first one was installed, and the city expects
to reach 150 within 5 years and has 98 additional applications under
review. As far as I know, that's a lot more than any other city in the
US, though I hope that others will give Portland some competition. Why are bike corrals so great? Because in a dense urban environment, the
are very space-efficient; where 1 or 2 cars could park, dozens of bikes
might fit. The Portland Bureau of Transportation
(PBOT) said that their bike corral program "has helped Portland
businesses increase on-street customer parking ten-fold." That's 163 car
parking spaces swapped for 1,644 bicycle parking spaces! They
also allow cyclists to park right in front of where they're going to
eat or shop, making cycling more convenient. And in their own way,
they're great marketing for bikes. People see these big clumps of bikes
and get used to the idea that cycling is something normal. Read more in Treehugger and check out this great short-film by our friends at Streetfilms.