Editors: This was originally published in Issue 154 of our quarterly Tube Times magazine. Request bike parking near your favorite haunts today here.
How does a bike rack come to be? Does a business have to request it? Can a resident ask for one? The truth is that most people have no idea how those circular racks pop up in their neighborhoods.
The process starts with demand for a bike rack. People all over SF need safe, visible and convenient parking for their bikes, whether it be near their local shopping area, their workplace or their favorite hang-out spots. A well-placed rack not only helps prevent theft, but also boosts customer traffic for merchants. Numerous studies have shown that people on bikes spend significantly more than people driving. And employees who bike to work are happier and more productive.