Bike Arc Modular Bike Park System


Commentators take pot shots at the bike storage and showers credit available in the LEED Green Building Rating System, but I've always liked it — it's hard to ride a bike to work when there's no bike rack.  Certainly bike transportation is good for the environment, and Bike Arc has designed a modular bike park system that I believe will be huge in the next few years.  The company incorporated the system into several designs to suit different needs: the Rac Arc is low profile, the Umbrella Arc saves space (see video below), and the Tube Arc and Half Arc versions protect vehicles from the elements. 

With these designs, Bike Arc presents an intelligent system that is elegant, compact, and safely secures bikes.  So the truth is, there's no reason not to incorporate this kind of modular park system into more projects.

Indeed, Bike Arcs are popping up all over the place.  116 University Avenue in Palo Alto has 2 Half Arcs and 2 Rac Arcs; Redwood City Hall has 8 Rac Arcs; and Palo Alto City will purchase 8 Half Arcs.  And the company is also working on design improvements.  For example, in the future, Bike Arc hopes to have a version that integrates photovoltaics.  We'll keep our eyes out for solar Bike Arcs, but in the mean time, if you see one, use it. 

[+] Bike Arc Pricing, as of 6/30/09, subject to change.





Renderings: Joseph Bellomo Architects; real photos: Stirling Elmendorf.

  • joe

    Doesn’t seem to be a way to secure the front wheel and frame to a lock…

    • Brian N.

      That’s what I thought, too. I don’t lock my bike anywhere that won’t allow the frame to be locked to something.

      If they solved that problem, they are pretty cool, though.

      • Preston

        The way the red bar goes up, you can easily lock up both the back tire and the frame all at the same time. That’s about all that you need, isn’t it?

        • Dylan

          Most front wheels are just a latch and you can pop them off. So that you can fit them in a car or something. So people like to lock their front wheel and frame to the rack.

          I like that it saves space, why not just flip the bike in backwards?

  • Portland Real Estate

    What a great idea! It saves space, and looks nicer than a normal bike rack. Portland is like bike city USA, so I wonder why I have not seen any of these around town. Either they have not made it big here yet, or I have not been paying attention.

  • Keith

    I’m definitely in favor of more bike parking being available. These designs are useless for those of us who don’t commute on diamond frame bicycles though. My tadpole style recumbent trike would block the isle of the half arc and couldn’t even be put in the tube arc.

  • Candace

    I don’t live in the city, but I get tired of having to ask my kids to move their bikes and they never seem to be out of the way or in the same place, I’ll definately buy some of these if they become more affordable!

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