The fact that Calgary is lacking bike parking is no secret to those that cycle in this city. The vast majority of neighbourhoods have no bike racks at all and most of the major shopping areas in the downtown area are also sadly under-racked, especially true when the City switched over to the Park + system and removed all the parking meters. Insuring secure places to lock up your cherished bicycle has, in the past, been a non-thought to many new building projects and apartment/condo complexes too.
But change is in the air. Can you smell it? (no, it doesn't smell like thawing dog poop) You can certainly 3-1-1 it!
When City Council passed Plan It a few years back part of that plan included provisions for bicycle storage in new developments - ya! So, new developments will be making space for bikes, but what about all the existing buildings and communities?
There is a solution - Calgary's bike rack sponsorship program. All you need to do is to request that a bike rack be installed where you need it. Outside your appartment? Yes! Near your workplace? Yes! Close to your favorite bar/pub/restaurant? Yes!
Get 3-1-1ing people - we need more bike racks and the city wants to install them for us.