Bike Rack In­stal­la­tion Made Easy

Pedal Magazine - - Test Gear - BY RON JOHN­SON

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.

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