Bike Racks in Downtown Raleigh Evolve, Show Attitude

Bicycle racks seem to be popping up all over downtown Raleigh and it’s a trend that doesn’t seem to be losing steam.

In 2011, the city installed about 75 U-shaped racks around downtown to accommodate the growing cycling population. In the Spring of this year, North Carolina’s first bicycle corral was installed near the corner of Hargett and Wilmington Streets.

The love for the cycling community continues with some more unique bicycle racks, shown below, that have been installed recently or in the past year. There’s even more to come so keep an eye out.

Bicycle racks outside of Beasley's Chicken and Honey on Martin Street.

Bicycle racks outside of Beasley’s Chicken and Honey on Martin Street.

Bicycle racks outside of The Flying Saucer on Morgan Street.

Bicycle racks outside of The Flying Saucer on Morgan Street.

Bicycle rack along Seaboard Avenue.

Bicycle rack along Seaboard Avenue.

Bicycle rack along Wilmington Street near the State Capitol building.

Bicycle rack along Wilmington Street near the State Capitol building.

Bicycle rack in Exchange Plaza.

Bicycle rack in Exchange Plaza.

Bicycle rack near Moore Square.

Bicycle rack near Moore Square.

Comments

While beautiful, some of these are not obviously bike racks and as such will hardly get used. I suggest some additional marker to let folks know you are indeed allowed (encouraged) to chain a bike to these works of art.

Except for that one in Exchange Plaza, I think I would have assumed all of them are indeed racks.

PS= You oughta take a pic of the funky one in front of The Borough. That’s a gem.

the last thing we need is more signs. would love to minimize the signs in DT raleigh. look to the Drachten Netherlands traffic signs experiment.

I love the one in front of the Saucer…I have seen all of them except that one for some reason. I will say, I’ve never actually seen a bike attached to any of them when I’ve seen it. Except maybe the one at the Borough.

I wouldn’t have thought most of them were bike racks, either. You don’t necessarily need a sign. Just lock some bikes to them until people get the idea.

Trophy Brewing has a “trophy” bike rack in front now. When I really want to park my bike though and am looking up and down the block with nothing in sight, I don’t care what it looks like as long as it functions. The inverted U racks are perfect.

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