With the reawakening of biking in Baltimore, new city ordinances and codes requiring bike parking, more racks have popped up around town. While the intent to provide racks is always appreciated, the planning, installation and proper use can make good intentions seem for naught.
McHenry Row – The new bike racks at Harris Teeter became an instant urban legend . Great place to shop, terrible place to park a bike. While the site intended to park 6 bikes each, a poor rack design and incorrect installation made it only feasible to park 2. As you can see from the picture, the rack is placed as close to the wall as possible, leaving no room for wheel clearance. It is possible to park on the ends, which is the only part of the rack that’s going to last. The small metal bands in the middle are not going to hold up to weather, bolt cutter or the swift impact from a Timberland. On a good note, the racks are powder-coated, which will limit dinging up bikes. There are total of 3 of these racks on site, which can only park 6 bikes out of an intended 18.