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    I ride my bike to Falls Church Bikram. This is right next to the W&OD where the bridge goes over Route 7. The only place to lock my bicycle is a pretty awkward utility pole. I think there might be a signpost somewhere in a landscaped area, but I like it even less than the awkward pole. Sadly, I don’t see a lot of people riding there, but maybe if there were a rack…

    Anyone have suggestions on how to get a bicycle rack here?

    I tried asking my yoga studio, which told me I could bring my bike inside the studio – but I don’t think my classmates would be thrilled with that plan. I'm not 100% this is Falls Church, but I think it is.

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    Speak to the business owner, the property owner, or the local government. Between those three, one of them should have the authority to install a rack.

    Send them to http://www.dero.com/ if they need purchasing help.

    And go for broke and ask for several racks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Kelley View Post
    And go for broke and ask for several racks!
    If the amount of bikes I saw last saturday for Lululemon's Cherry Blossom Yoga was any indication of a correlation between yoga and cycling, you should ask for several racks. The park police even had a couple officers watching what looked like around 100 bikes while people participated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteD View Post
    If the amount of bikes I saw last saturday for Lululemon's Cherry Blossom Yoga was any indication of a correlation between yoga and cycling, you should ask for several racks. The park police even had a couple officers watching what looked like around 100 bikes while people participated.
    That may have been less about the yoga and more about the transparent pants.

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    I saw Tim's post and thought "how cool would it be to have a yoga-person bike rack?" Then I clicked on the link and scrolled down to "leisure". (Not that bikram is "leisure"...)

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    So nothing like DC's system where it's a 311 request?

    http://www.dc.gov/DC/DDOT/On+Your+St...icycle+Parking

    Also, WABA teamed up with DDOT to do "rack attacks" a couple of years ago...would be awesome to see something similar in ArlCo.

    http://ddot.dc.gov/DC/DDOT/About+DDO...ch+Rack+Attack

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoWheelsDC View Post
    Also, WABA teamed up with DDOT to do "rack attacks" a couple of years ago...would be awesome to see something similar in ArlCo.
    Arlington County does "rack attacks" regularly as part of the normal work flow. We take bike rack suggestions from the public and every six months or so install 30-50 racks. The problem is that many people suggest locations that are on private property, which the County does not have access to, nor the authority to use public funds for. The other issue is finding contractors willing to do the work, which sounds like it should be easier than it is.

    So, if you want to see more bike racks in Arlington you can suggest a location here: http://www.bikearlington.com/pages/a...t-a-bike-rack/ (remember, make sure they are in the public right of way!)


    And here's a few posts for you:

    http://www.commuterpageblog.com/2011...e-parking.html

    http://www.commuterpageblog.com/2010...-parking-.html

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater

    We also have a pretty cool bike parking related project that we plan to debut in the next couple months. It's super secret, so I can't share any more details, but it should be pretty cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elbows View Post
    I ride my bike to Falls Church Bikram. This is right next to the W&OD where the bridge goes over Route 7. The only place to lock my bicycle is a pretty awkward utility pole. I think there might be a signpost somewhere in a landscaped area, but I like it even less than the awkward pole. Sadly, I don’t see a lot of people riding there, but maybe if there were a rack…

    Anyone have suggestions on how to get a bicycle rack here?
    This is right across the street from Bikenetic. I know they've collaborated with Falls Church Bikram, so it would be in both their interests to have bike parking. Maybe there's already a rack in Bikenetic's parking lot? (I never noticed since I usually wheel in my bike straight through the back door.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by dasgeh View Post
    I saw Tim's post and thought "how cool would it be to have a yoga-person bike rack?" Then I clicked on the link and scrolled down to "leisure". (Not that bikram is "leisure"...)
    Ouch, most of these "bike racks" are simply not bike racks; they may be cute looking but are completely useless. *sigh* and they probably cost a lot more than regular racks too. Bad idea, bad idea.

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    Yes, believe this is Falls Church. Check with Wendy Block Sanford as well who is FC Bike/Ped coordinator - WBlocksanford@fallschurchva.gov. Maybe FABB can help too. Can you use the valet parking they have there?

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