With the number of cyclists in Boston growing rapidly, the city faces a pleasant challenge: finding a place for all of them to park. Although the city now has 3,000 bike-rack spots, triple the number it had just six years ago, the supply still hasn’t kept up with demand. Some cyclists report having to circle blocks looking for places to lock up their bike. The shortage poses a challenge that the city should meet creatively.
Boston isn’t alone in grappling with a bike-rack gap, and other cities provide examples of ways to respond that go beyond just plunking down more racks. New York City changed its laws to make it easier for workers to bring their bicycles into commercial buildings and park them inside. Cambridge hosted a design competition to come up with more attractive racks, and plans to install 40 to 50 of the winning models in Kendall Square.