Facts Behind the New Vertical Stagger Bike Racks

This past year a new bicycle rack design began landing on Toronto streets. You’ll find these racks in the bicycle shelter at the St. Clair West TTC subway stop and scattered around the Evergreen Brick Works awaiting permanent installation.

Made by Peak Racks, a San Luis Obispo based company, I really like how these racks separate locked bicycles keeping them from scraping against each other. Their staggered “up and down” design is to allow for a more efficient use of space and the thin, but sturdy, metal contact points make using smaller u-locks far easier than with post and ring bicycle racks.

The racks are made from recycled materials and I look forward to seeing more of these across the city.

Learn more at Peak Racks.

A Look at the St. Clair TTC Bike Shelter

TTC Bicycle Shelter St. Clair West Station

I stopped by the recently opening bicycle shelter at the St. Clair West TTC Station to take a few photos and try out the racks.

Located on the south side of St. Clair West and beside an station access point, this shelter is designed for daily use and offers some protection from the elements while your bicycle awaits your return.

Cradle Bike Rack at St. Clair West TTC Station

I’m not sure what these racks are called, so I’ll call them “offset cradle” racks. Offset because one bicycle is lifted higher than the other to allow for handlebar clearance as seen above.

Offset cradle Bike Rack at St. Clair West TTC Station

The cradle for your bicycle’s wheel was wide enough for my slightly fatter than normal 700c wheels. Big knobby mountain bike tires, or even balloon tires may have a tight squeeze in these racks. Arches attached to the cradles allow you to lock both your wheel and frame to the racks.

Lower cradle bike rack TTC St. Clair West Subway Station

"Offset Cradle" Bicycle Rack TTC Station St. Clair West

More of these bike shelters are expected to arrive at TTC stations throughout the rest of the year. Remember, these are for short-term parking only which is why they are only partially sheltered. Bicycles left for 48 hours may be removed.

TTC Bike Parking Notice St. Clair West Station

Have you been using the new bike shelter at the St. Clair West subway station? What do you think of this “offset cradle” style rack (and do you know what they are actually called)?

Only 17 Post and Rings on 1.5 km Stretch of Redesigned St. Clair West

Found via Twitter user markjull:

Google Map of Post and Ring locations by Mark

Go here for the map.

What gives Astral?

Cycling is an Inspiration for Toronto Author

Via Toronto Star:

Cycling around Toronto helped author recreate childhood

One writer’s own private T.O.

As a child growing up near Bathurst St. and Davenport Rd., Kirshner says she stuttered so badly she rarely spoke. Speech therapy eventually cured her but for a long time she found talking embarrassing.

“It’s a strange sensation,” she recalls. “The words are in your mouth but not coming out.”

To compensate she used her eyes – “like little computers storing stuff” – a visual orientation that led to her research-by-bicycle method.

As she rode, Kirshner also picked up smells. Gliding south on Gladstone Ave. from College St., she sensed the Cadbury chocolate factory from its aromas and worked those into the book.

“You don’t really smell things if you’re walking slowly,” Kirshner says. “I don’t know if it’s true but scent seems to travel at the exact speed as a bicycle. It’s like the wind is carrying it into your face or something.”

Near the chocolate factory, she also saw “a house where I want to make something wonderful happen,” she says. For her next book, her eyes filed it away.

Full article here