|Barnes and Noble's bike rack.|
A very serviceable rack on Aspen Avenue in downtown Flagstaff! Assuming some cyclists are traveling in pairs up to six bikes could easily be locked to this rack design. The extra wide sidewalk, of course, makes this a good location for this type of rack set up.
These ring racks at City Hall have always seemed pretty functional, primarily because they provide stability and they are spaced widely apart allowing bicyclists traveling in grops of two or more to lock their bikes together. Their placement also makes access and removal easy. And again, a U-lock can can attach the frame to the lock. Finally, they are set under a covered walkway right next to the front door of City Hall, which I appreciate because of the added security and protection from the elements.
|NAU bike racks on North Campus.|
|Impromptu bike rack outside of Diablo Burger on Heritage Square.|
Street signs are popular bike racks in most cities and towns. Sometimes I worry about whether or not I can get ticketed for locking up on a No Parking sign but so far it hasn't happened so I'll probably just keep doing it.
Ultimately, when no rack space is available cyclists will use whatever is available.
|A very popular impromptu bike rack outside Pay n' Take on Aspen Ave.|
I'd probably be more inclined to use the protective tree iron than the very short semi-circle rack, cute though it may be. Using my U-lock, I'd only be able to lock my wheel to the rack rather than the frame. The low-to-the-ground design doesn't allow a much stability for a bike either so if one locked a bike with a cable the bike could easily get knocked over on to the street or across the sidewalk. I suppose I could lock my Dahon to the rack if it were folded. I suppose that I could lock a BMX or a Big Wheel, too, not that I ride either.
This new bike rack resembles the wheel of a sailboat and looks like it would accommodate a maximum of two bikes or four bikes if two bikes are locked together side-by-side. Bob and I usually lock our bikes up in this manner when we secure to a rack in order to free up space for more cyclists.
|Perhaps it was unclear to the owner of the cruiser that the blue object is indeed a bike rack. Oh, well poles and signs work well, too.|
Shipping Container House Update
Progress on the shipping container house on the Southside continues. Recently, my husband has also taken an interest in recycled shipping containers as a future affordable housing solution for us. They offer a very low cost per square foot, as compared to traditionally built homes. In a town like Flagstaff where high priced land adds significantly to the cost of homeownership, the shipping container house could help lower housing costs for both low and middle income residents. Interestingly, research has shown that "upscale" homeowners have also chosen to build with shipping containers for reasons of sustainability. Anyway . . . .
|Side view of the shipping container house.|
|Street view of the shipping container house.|