It’s nice to see so many new construction projects in Chicago include decent bike parking from the get-go. I mean, I’m sure you or I can find quite a few instances of new structures or businesses that still give no thought to good bike parking, but I also know that I see a lot more of it in this city than I used to.
First example is one that was completed last fall – the WMS Boathouse at Clark Park, located at roughly Rockwell and Roscoe, on the east side of the Chicago River, behind Lane Tech High school. We were biking home from a Chicago Kidical Mass ride in Roscoe Village, and decided to cut through there and cross the river to get to California street -a good route south towards home. As we rode back behind the high school, we saw the new signs and buildings for the boathouse, and the shiny new bike racks out front. Great placement, great shot.
If you walk back between the buildings towards the river, you’ll see the ramp and steps down to the water’s edge. And, if you’re wondering what’s inside these buildings besides boat storage, check out this article on the architect’s site – an indoor rowing tank! It looks beautiful. The Chicago Park District is supposed to be building more boat houses for rowing – let’s hope they all have such great bike parking.
From boats to… well, I have no good segue.
Another new business recently opened in Chicago, and while they have just plain ole U-racks out front, they do have 4 of them! Upton’s Naturals built a brand-new production and retail facility in West Town, to produce their meat-alternative known as seitan – a thousand year-old product of a special process of washing the starch away from wheat flour, which leaves the meaty-textured protein behind. And Upton’s has made sure there are bike racks for everyone! I”m guessing they’ve got employees and customers covered. Great job!
Just glad to see more bike racks in Chicago, and always glad to see new buildings that start out with good bike parking. Kudos!
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