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Added Jan 15 2018

Has anyone used the new racks at Wilson Station?

Are these types of racks really as bad as the biking advocates say?

https://chi.streetsblog.org/2018/01/10/eyes-on-the-street-subpar-bike-racks-at-the-wilson-station/

    Eyes on the Street: Subpar Bike Racks at the Wilson Station
    If you're a regular Streetsblog Chicago reader you may be aware that I'm a fan of the nearly completed Wilson 'L' station reconstruction in Uptown. The project includes transforming the stop into a Red-Purple transfer, adding wheelchair accessibility, new station entrances, the restoration of the 1923 Gerber building, and cool public art by Cecil Balmond.
    https://chi.streetsblog.org
  • Jeffrey Littleton Sheridan Park Neighbors Administrator/Local Artist

    I doesn't work with the currently popular mini U-lock is a major complaint.

  • I agree that these new Fancy Bike Racks may look modern and sleek, but they are very difficult to work with, especially with the popular mini U-lock.

    The standard Black Colored " Inverted U Racks ", are time tested and most reliable.

    Chicago architect Louis Sullivan has stated that, “Form follows function.” It shouldn’t be the other way around.

  • PLSS Defector

    Continuing the grand tradition of those who design and work for the CTA almost never use it.

  • Jeffrey Littleton Sheridan Park Neighbors Administrator/Local Artist

    There are some very cool sculptural designs, same price point really. If it can be a piece of functional art why not? At the very least it should be functional for the actual user.

    It just takes a little more work to seek out, not that much it's out there.

  • Jeffrey Littleton Sheridan Park Neighbors Administrator/Local Artist

    Their is more sculptural bike rack by the Metra station next to Mariano's.
    It's that 16-18' flower like creation. It looks cool but it seems a lot of people can't tell it's also a bike rack, or there is some practical user-friendly issue like these, but it seems the fence still fill up first.

  • Cool and sculptural is great if it is functionally easy.

    I just don't understand why they cannot install the Inverted U Shaped black ones.

    Not only are they easy to use, But also much more secure and you can rest your bike against it.

  • Jeffrey Littleton Sheridan Park Neighbors Administrator/Local Artist

    I like the Louis Sullivan test....function then form.

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