We Can Bike the Locks, but Where Can We Lock Our Bikes?

The Village of Pittsford is already a pretty walkable and bikeable place—one of the big reasons we love living here—but bike parking is seriously lacking around the village. Adding bike parking is such an easy fix to help encourage more people to bike—and to attract people passing through the village to stop, linger, and visit our small local businesses.

We love the rack at the Library—and usually see other bikes there even when the weather’s crummy

We love the rack at the Library—and usually see other bikes there even when the weather’s crummy

Where are the bike racks?
The ones that we know about are at the Library, the Spiegel Rec Center, along Schoen Place, and at the Village Bakery—there may be others, if you know about them, let us know in the comments!

But we go so many other places on our bikes around here—the pediatrician, dentists, preschool, the Dairy (LOVE their ice cream and milk!), Pontillo’s, restaurants along Main Street—and we find ourselves searching for something—anything—to secure our bike to while we’re away. Most of the time we end up locking our wheel to our bike frame and hoping for the best. Sometimes we find a bench (something I’m sure pedestrians in the village don’t love).

We love our local businesses and will continue to shop there regardless, but nearby secure bike parking would be a great amenity that we’d love to see when we visit!

For instance, we’d love some bike parking in the office complex behind 59 Monroe Ave

For instance, we’d love some bike parking in the office complex behind 59 Monroe Ave.

 

And behind 20 N Main St—where we locked to a post in a parking space but the lock could easily just be lifted up over it by a strong enough person

And behind 20 N Main St—where we locked to a post in a parking space but the lock could easily just be lifted up over the top by a strong person or two.

A bike rack near one of our favorite spots in the Village would be an added treat!

A bike rack near one of our favorite spots in the village would be an added treat!

And sure, Pittsford’s a pretty safe place, but anyone who’s had it happen to them knows the sinking feeling you get when you come back to your bike to find it (or a part of it) missing. It’s simply something a biker shouldn’t have to worry about.

The Active Transportation Planning effort underway right now has made note of the lack of bike parking in the village. Pittsford has an opportunity to be one of the first municipalities in the area to include bike support (anything from bike racks to bike lockers or other facilities) in its development and zoning guidelines. Exciting stuff for anyone who values a liveable, walkable environment with an active street-life!

So let’s help decide where bike parking is needed—personally, we’d love something near:

  • Four Corners of Main/Monroe/State
  • Pittsford Dairy
  • Adjacent to our many churches
  • Parking lot behind 20 N Main St
  • Office complex behind 59 Monroe Ave
An innovative bike rack taking up one parking space outside a popular breakfast spot in Cambridge, MA. How cool would this be somewhere? Photo by author.

An innovative bike rack taking up one parking space outside a popular breakfast spot in Cambridge, MA. How cool would this be somewhere? Photo by author.

 

Where would you like to see bike parking in the Village and the surrounding area?

Leave us a comment and we’ll make sure to pass your suggestions along to the village and town! 

Some fancy new bike racks that artists created in The Triangle area of North Winton Village. Photo courtesy of Reconnect Rochester.

Some fancy new bike racks that artists created in The Triangle area of North Winton Village. Photo courtesy of Reconnect Rochester.

A simple Google search for bike parking or bike racks will show—there are ALL kinds of designs to choose from for bike parking solutions from whimsical bike racks to legit bike parking giving equal protection and space as you might see given to an automobile. The options are endless for us, but creating additional bike parking in the village is needed to help make us an even more bikeable place.

5 thoughts on “We Can Bike the Locks, but Where Can We Lock Our Bikes?

  1. Renee

    Hooray for more bike racks! Excellent post, Brooke. 🙂 I too would rather not have to always lock my bike (and my kids’ bikes) on a sign post right near the curb. And that’s definitely not an option if you have a trailer.

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  2. Jennifer Canning

    We have been asking for a bike rack at the Dairy since the new building opened! It is always great to see the one at the front of the library full, so maybe another one there would be helpful too.

    PS. There is one at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Lincoln Ave. across from the Spiegel Center. Biking to church is something my family does often!

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    1. Brooke Fossey Post author

      That’s great to know about the one by St. Paul’s, Jennifer! I’d love to see bike parking near the schools located within our churches too–I’m thinking especially about First Presbyterian Church (PCNS preschool) and St. Louis Church (St. Louis School).

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  3. Mark Madigan

    I would like to see bike racks at the Pittsford Farms Dairy, in front of the Pittsford Village Office, and in front of the Town Hall ion Main Street. I would also like to see a sidewalk along the driveway leading from Main Street to the entrance to the Dairy.

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    1. Brooke Fossey Post author

      Yes! I forgot about the Village and Town Halls. I have always had to just lock up to my frame when I visit either locale.

      We should chat about needed sidewalks, Mark. There are already a couple in my head that I want to post about!

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