Against toaster bike racks that is! We have been mounting a gradual campaign against the archaic toaster rack scourge on our campus in order to provide improved external bike parking options as the warmer weather sets in. Although many of the tenants at the QEIIMC have secure, internal facilities for staff, we still have a large number of visitors and students who cycle to the campus. In order to better facilitate and encourage this we are upgrading our racks. The new racks are more supportive, allow for more secure locking, have provided an increased number of bike parking spaces, facilitate a greater variety of bike styles and are fixed to the ground.
Anecdotally (and photographically), there does seem to be an increase in use since installation, perhaps partly due to users now flocking to these shiny new racks over other, toast rack blighted locations. We’ll get them all one day!
Photos of the two, newly toast-free locations included above.** You can see we are also having issues with the racks already being over capacity and nearby garden beds, signs posts, benches and fire hydrants (yikes) are suffering as students find admirably creative solutions. More to come soon on an in progress solution to that problem…
*No discrimination towards toasted bread products intended. Especially this close to lunch.
**Please note that these images may have been slightly manipulated in order to foster an enhanced sense drama.
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