Yello mighty Bike Commuters! Â Mir.I.Am here working double duty as a green “snarchitect” and cycle lady today. Â As the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system is becoming more and more prosthetic… err, prolific in the states and abroad, snarchitects and designers are incentivized to provide more bike racks and showers for cycle monsters in their buildings. Â Here in Honolulu, all new construction projects that are publicly funded are required to meet a minimum requirement of LEED Silver rating. Â An easy way to contribute towards achieving a LEED rating for a building is to provide secure bike rack parking close to the building entrance and showers for a percentage of the occupants! Â Not all LEED rated buildings are required to provide this amenity, but it is usually included… (secret fist pump under my desk each time I get to nerd out and specify bike racks at work!)
Of course, as bike commuters, we know that the statement “If you build it, they will come (by bike and then take a shower)” is not necessarily true! Â New racks and showers for buildings may not transform cities into Mini-Apples overnight, but it’s a chest-bump in the right direction. Â As we all know, not all bike racks are created equal, and not all cyclists are equally enthusiastic about showering after a commute… Â Sometimes I spice it up at work and arrive looking like I drank a bottle of Sriracha on the way over and don’t change into my office attire until my 4:00pm meeting, but that’s just me! Â SRIRACHA FACE!!!! Â Witch hazel in your swamp crotch isn’t for everyone.
Architects and builders listen up, straight from the mouth of the cycle monsters, here are some of our fave bike racks that help us commuters LOCKitUP!
Most Bikely Bike Rack: Dero Bike Bike Rack – nothing screams bike rack like a bike-shaped rack! Â These are the ones installed by the city and county of Honolulu around the island. Â They can hold up to four bikes unless some idiot has locked their moped to it illegally. Â It works well in situations where you have lots of long skinny space, like sidewalks. Â I like them because the height of the “wheels” makes it easy to tie up your steed through the rear wheel and triangle of the frame. Â I have seen some bikes fallen over next to these racks that have been only loosely cabled. Â My only gripe is sometimes the are positioned a little too close to the street side and you have to squeeze in between parked cars ad the rack to try to get to your bike. Â Â http://www.dero.com/products/bike_bike_rack/bike_bike_rack.html
Green is the new Black Rack: Dero Recycle Rack made from 96% Recycled steel rebar! Â As you can see, the racks come in two shapes: bush or tree. Â Always a plus for bush-hugging architects like myself. Â (I’m over hugging trees, that’s so 2010). Â Steel rebar rack holds up to two bikes. The loops onthe tree seems small to me in the photo as I’ve never used one personally. Â However the steel rebar has a much smaller diameter than most racks so maybe they would work well for cycle monsters using mini U-locks for their frames. Â This is a smaller rack than most and requires only one connection point to the concrete, which could be advantageous for designers with tight space planning requirements. Â Â Â http://www.dero.com/products/recycle_racks/