No bike stands around? Make one yourself

People’s ingenuity never ceases to amaze me. This particular YouTuber had a simple, yet great idea for his own, personal bike stand to use when there are no racks around. As he rides a mountain bike, it shouldn’t be surprising there are places on his track where there are nobicycle stands whatsoever.

I have to make this simple thing myself!

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Taking care of young trees

It is an obvious knowledge, but you need trees to have a decent park. And you cannot plant them without a certain protection – parks are swarming with people, cyclists and animals and every single person can damage a young tree. That’s why tree protectors were invented. They serve a couple of purposes – first of all of course, they secure the tree in such a way that people and animals cannot break it. Secondly, due to their construction, they keep the tree straight and help it recover even from the strongest gushes of wind. Until the tree is strong enough to withstand the environmental damage and people’s activity, tree protector is necessary – without it, you will have a large patch of grass without any shade.

So, when you consider a park redesign or are submitting your ideas about park additions to the government, aside from obvious amenities like lavatories, water supply, bike stands and picnic areas do not forget about tree protectors if you wish to have more trees in the park nearby.

Lack of bike stands means horror!

bicycle racks

As far as city planner is concerned, bike has no place on the sidewalk, on the road, in the park or literally anywhere in the city. Any cyclist who wants to get to work without breaking some rules would have to ride around the whole agglomeration and probably use wings in some spots.

The most appalling thing of all is lack of bike routes and bicycle stands that could accommodate growing number of cyclists. Especially the latter issue is not clear to me – a bike rack does not require rebuilding of a whole block, you don’t even have to paint lines on the pavement or a road to put one in the corner. The same goes for huge office buildings – vast, empty lobbies are a standard design, but there is no place to leave your bike or even chain it to something. We could surely use some change in this matter, although some employers understand the importance of employee’s comfort and provide bicycle sheds or bike racks, but it is not enough!

Steel benches – comfortable and durable

Benches are a well-known problem for urban planners – they have to be replaced constantly not only due to ever-present vandalism, but also due to extensive use – there is always not enough of them and the city government usually settles for the cheapest ones.

It’s not  smart move, as the low cost of a cheap bench has to be multiplied by the number of times it has to be repaired or completely replaced. A steel bench is much more durable, looks better and although it costs more, it will serve its purpose much longer.

steel bench

Hints from a park ranger

I know what you think – park services are there to ruin your good mood and to fine you for leaving trash in the park and they are no good for something else. But with this blog I hope to change the common opinion about park security and tell you about necessary steps you must take to have a good time in a park without endangering the well-being of the plants and animal inhabitants there.

Yes, I know you know what a trash can is for and I’ve put it there for a reason. Most people conform to a simple task of throwing the trash into an appropriate bin to help the recycling process and I believe you also care for the environment as much as I do, so I won’t bother you with the well-known facts and truths. But I’d like to talk some more about less obvious issues, like biking, jogging or any other physical activity you might perform in a park.

Remember – safety first. A speeding bike can be as dangerous as a car so you should always look for bike routes and if you cannot find one in your park, go a bit slower through the park – there are other people (and animals!) here and you don’t want to crash into someone.

Furthermore, do not leave your bike unattended in any spot – bicycle racks and bike sheds are placed here not only for decoration. Bicycle stands are not only for your convenience – they are placed in a given spot because it won’t bother anyone, won’t block any path or won’t disturb any animals living around. Always look at the park map to know where you can go and where you can leave your bicycle if you need to!

Find more about bicycle stands at bicycle-stands