Originally Posted by farmerboy
I think the Bike Racks are an awesome idea! I think your logic is contradictory John Martin, on the one hand you're complaining about the cost of infrastructures, on the other hand your're complaining about the ugliness of the installed bike infrastructure. I don't think you can have both. As it is the infrastructure added couldn't have cost much, and I'm sure it will be well utilized in front of the twilight lounge.
I think money should be spent on infrastructure that is well-planned. That involves fulfilling a real need, and being installed in the right place in the right manner. This bike rack is none of those. I'm against wasting money, yes, but that doesn't mean I think things should be tasteless. If such infrastructure were more carefully planned and applied, it could afford to be attractive as well.
I don't see why bike racks ought to be right next to the bike lane... the bike rack in the grass, the guard rail, the chain-link fence, etc. are only a few feet further from the street. It's not doing cyclists a huge favor to have it in the road.
I'm not insinuating that bike travel shouldn't be an option at all. I'm pointing out that the area already caters to cyclists, and that the city's efforts to make it better are redundant. So far I've been very unimpressed by the things the city has done to promote bike travel, because for the most part they seem to have been A) unnecessary and B) fruitless. Sure, Becker's intentions are admirable, but what the city has actually done has been ineffective and unnecessary. The city's attitude at this point seems to be that if it spends money on something, results are sure to follow suit. That just doesn't make sense when it comes to cyclists and pedestrians though (at least to the extent that they seem to think it does), because they simply don't require that much infrastructure.
Perhaps a more sensible approach to promoting bike travel would be to institute a bike-sharing system. Frankly I just don't see how painting bicycle lanes green and having an excess of bike racks is supposed to entice people to bike.