StreetFilms reports that NYC recently installed it’s first on-street bike parking zone. The interesting part of this application is that the parking was installed more as a way to prevent parking near a busy intersection where visibility was limited. From the article:
By installing eight bike racks, DOT created a “daylighting” effect, improving visibility at the intersection. The bike parking is much less intrusive than parked cars and helps everyone at the intersection see everyone else. Oh yeah, and now there are a dozen new places to park bikes without taking away any space from Smith Street’s busy sidewalks.
A similar option would have been to construct a bumpout on the corner, and install the bike parking on the space created by the bumpout. Simply placing the bike parking in the street was probably substantially cheaper.
Since I’ve never used on-street bike parking, I’m not sure how on-street vs sidewalk bike parking compare from a usability standpoint. I can think of benefits and drawbacks to both.