Friday, January 16, 2009

Bike Racks at Crystal Lake?

Who'd have thunk it? Planners are asking Bike Newton and BPTF for advice on bike racks for the Crystal Lake bathhouse re-design. I've got some ideas that I've sent on to Amy Yuhasz in the planning department.

Idea 1:
Revise the lovely chain-link bordered walkway so that it becomes a lovelier planting-bordered walkway and very long bike rack.

Idea 2:
Convert the gated and locked wasteland between the bath-house and MBTA D-line right-of-way to two long rows of bike racks.

Currently, the landscape designer has included parking for only 12 bikes. I don't know about you, but I've seen over 20 bikes there on most summer days, in spite of the ancient rack, which only fits about 8. I'd like to see a capacity of 40. Time for input! There's a public presentation at the library on Thursday, January 22 at 7:30 in the Druker Auditorium. I (Steve) can't be there because of (irony!) a Bike Newton meeting. I hope you, whoever you are, can go, and make it clear that 12 spaces for bikes (there will be 24 for cars) is woefully inadequate.


B-Bike-G said...

i cant make that meeting either, however as a frequent user of CS in the summer season, I would point out that there needs to be adequate room around the bike racks for trail-a-bike and Burley-type trailers.

Harry Sanders said...

The wasteland to the right of the bathouse abutting the trees makes the most sense. But the trees will need a trimming for safety concerns. An exterior security camera and better lighting would also help. BTW what provisions are planned for motorcycles, motorscooters, mopeds, and the forgotten modes of transport?

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