Bike Rack Installation Made Easy
Anew initiative in Thunder Bay, Ont. has discovered a unique, affordable way forward for local businesses to install exterior bicycle stands at their locations.
Installing bicycle stands in municipalities is an expensive but necessary process as cities expand cycling infrastructure to encourage alternative forms of transportation. More secure bicycle stands encourage ridership and decrease theft. But installation and maintenance are challenges, especially in more northerly cities such as Thunder Bay, with its abundant snow and long winters.
Yet Adam Krupper, the mobility coordinator for the City of Thunder Bay and head of the Bike Racks for Businesses program, has found a solution that may interest other municipalities involved in expanding their own cycling infrastructure.
Part of Krupper’s job is to persuade businesses to invest in bicycle-parking stands for their buildings, but the main challenge has been their installation in asphalt, which normally requires much labour and time.
Normally, what we’d have to do is cut out asphalt, pour in concrete and then install the racks on the concrete,” Krupper said. “This is both time-consuming and cost-prohibitive.”
After some research, Krupper found a solution at Asphalt Anchors Corp., a U.S. company in New Jersey that first developed its system with its sister company, Designated Parking Corp. The company has designed easy-to-install anchors drilled into asphalt and secured by pouring in a special grout. After just 15 minutes, the anchor and bolt can support different applications, including bicycle stands.
Krupper has sold more than 200 units, and believes this is the tip of the iceberg. “First, it’s easy to install,” said Krupper. “And second, because the bolt is threaded and easily removed, it’s an easy way to move the racks out of the way for winter plowing.”
For more information, visit www.asphaltanchors.com.
Asphalt Anchors Corp. designed easy-to-install anchors drilled into asphalt and secured by pouring in a special grout that can support different applications, including bicycle stands, including easily removal, as the bolt is threaded.