Well, our design is now set. The only outstanding items are whether DPW wants them perpindicular to the curb or on a 45 degree angle. We think that we'll all want the angle because it makes the corral 16" narrower and further from traffic.
We also are about to submit the first batch of possible locations (mainly Decatur) to DPW for approval. They are in a multitude of types of locations. Some are split 50/50 with the wide portion of the corner 'sevens' and a parking spot, some are in a freight zone but only one that covers an entire block and just isn't necessary to have that much room, some are in full bore parking spots, but we mainly tried to stay with unused, unmarked, or underutilized spots in general to keep complaints to a minimum. Businesses want loading zones, residents and visitors want car parking, and though everyone wants bike parking, they all have to look out for their own interests and we get that. We'll know more when we get feedback from DPW hopefully in a few weeks.
But for now, here's a picture of a corral in Portland just in case you've never seen one. This one has the racks perpindicular to the curb. We are thinking the 45 degree angle and we hope to use 6 racks per corral with a curb stop on both ends.
We aren't using that specific rack though. We are going to use the Dero "Downtown" rack which is made of 2" square tube and thus can't be cut with pipecutters like the round ones pictured above.
Here's the diagram of 3, 4, 5, and 6 rack corrals:
They will all be in black powder coat to match the existing VCC infrastructure. ONLY the endcaps (so only 2 of 6) will carry our logo and the sponsor's recognition plaque which is placed on the bar beneath our logo. The other four middle racks will be plain downtown racks in black powder coat. Here's the endcap design:
We intend to use this same corral design in other high-density parts of the city and DPW agrees that this is a good idea. For now the focus was on the quarter since that design would have to meet so many approvals and thus would be the precedent. We don't want 10 different corral designs for 10 different parts of town. We want 1. Also, the city will not be putting down any striping around the corrals which we agree with. It's expensive and mostly permanent and while the racks are permanent the expense doesn't justify doing it. There's just not much benefit to it...ok you see the bike rack...do you need to be told it's a bike rack?