You can read more about the Federal Transportation Bill here and here, in regards to funding more infrastructure for bikes. And in the UK the bike was voted a "best invention." I always wanted to see more of these on the streets too.
hey John, what do you think of that bike station in Mil park?
its a nice idea, but I'd rather see quantity over (that level of expense) quality... for that type of building cost you could have 30 prefab bicycle enclosures throughout the city... instead we have a one campaign plug for the Daley re-election.
its just like cladding a building in shadow with solar panels - another thing at the M Park which is such a waste...
that's too bad, but doesn't suprise me either. in SF there is Victor Veysey's Bike Hut, bike rental/repair, employment for low-inc youth, a good model he is trying to export to different districts around the city, as 'microfacilities'. i think the rent-a-bike thing is a good idea, but alot of people here in SF already own bikes, so the rent-a-bike would really only serve tourists, and perhaps ocasional cyclists, commuters. that's fine but with a credit card needed (180 $ depo), i find it a tad exclusive. i have been thinking about bicycle-centric urban housing, in-fill and cyclist community hubs, infrastructure that is built into housing rather than separate facilities laid about the city few and far between. i like the notion of building bicycle infrastructure into new affordable housing development...substituting car parking with bike storage and facilities. really building a lifestyle and program into the architecture for bicycles.
i found this design a while back. not a part of the workplace, or building program, but still disconnected. i find that most people i know who ride bikes everywhere still prefer to shower at home. but lot's of people who don't own a bike at all because in dense housing they don't have the room to keep it. i see that as the first hurdle, getting people to buy or rent bikes to begin with. i am thinking transit villages specifically for bicyclists. but even in SF, building cycle infrastruct is a monumental challenge, on many levels, beginning with street space and painted lines.