Commercial Bike Parking
In order for any of our products to make it onto our website, the racks must change the way people think about bike parking. They must be innovative in design, provide an educational or branding component, prevent metal to metal contact, offer the best in class security and finish, control the footprint of the bike, and most importantly meet or exceed APBP approved standards.
High Density Bike Rack
- Fastest growing high density rack in the country
- High security - 3 points of contact
- 18" of separation between both bikes
- Wheel troughs capture the wheel, therefore containing the bike
Indoor Bike Parking Rack
- Ultra high density
- 3 points of locking contact with solid steel bar
- Soft Guard to protect from rim or tire damage
- 2 bikes per rack
City Sidewalk Bike Rack
- Great sidewalk or Cityscape option
- Offers real estate for education, branding or sponsorship
- Meets APBP Guidelines
- 2” square tubing- highest rated security
- 2 bike rack - Patent Pending
Sustainable Bike Rack
- The greenest bike rack in the country
- Flexible or break away approved for on street bike parking
- Great for cityscapes and high density applications
- Stout 1 1/4 thick cable makes it the highest rated for security
- Patented coating prevents metal to bike contact
- 2 Bike Rack - Patent Pending
On-Street Bike Parking
Economy Bike Rack
Portable Event Racks
Bike-Rack Maker Finds Market In Universities, Municipalities
Sacramento Business Journal by Kelly Johnson, Staff Writer and Social-Media Strategist
Date: Friday, June 8, 2012, 3:00am
Greg Bauer says his Sacramento-based manufacturing company is "changing the way people think about parking." Parking for bicycles, that is.
Park-A-Bike - a firm with roots going back to 1991 that took its current form in 2009 - is gaining traction in the short-term and long-term bike storage industry, particularly by selling to universities and municipalities.
Clients include the city and county of Sacramento, California State University Sacramento , the University of Southern California, California State University Chico, Whole Foods Market, the U.S. Forest Service and the state Department of General Services.
The company hopes to reach revenue this year of...Full Article
Sacramento Firm Racking Up Sales in Bike Docks
By Blair Anthony Robertson, Published: Friday, Jun. 8, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 6B
With so many flashy, art-inspired bike racks popping up in and around Sacramento these days, there's a good chance you've overlooked the racks poised to become a force in the industry.
They're low-key and will never be mistaken for public art, but Sacramento-based Park a Bike's Varsity model racks are considered one of the best of their kind. The solid steel racks, which hold two bikes and sell for $250, have begun attracting attention from college campuses and major municipalities.
"It's actually not a bike rack. It's a dock. It's more than a bent piece of metal that you lean your bike against," said Christopher Luyet, president of Park a Bike.
The company has nine employees, a headquarters in Sacramento, a 20,000-square-foot warehouse and office space in Olivehurst and a distribution center in Oroville. The racks - or docks, if you will - are made in California of case-hardened steel, meaning they are nearly impossible to cut or break.
The units are also deceptively complex. The troughs where the front wheel is parked are precisely angled and spaced 14 inches apart so two bikes can be locked side by side without any clanging or interlocking of handlebars.
In the world of bike rack design, it turns out, that's key - it makes these racks functional and easy to install in high-traffic areas.
The Varsity bike dock has been making news in recent days in Sacramento as part of a pilot program at three locations, where one on-street parking spot is temporarily replaced with enough racks to park and lock 10 bikes.
Park a Bike and local bike advocates like Rick Houston see these "bike corrals" as an exciting component of the urban landscape in the not-so-distant future, making more room for bikes without blocking sidewalks and running afoul of handicap accessibility regulations.
Houston, a registered nurse and longtime bike advocate known for leading the popular "tweed rides" in the city, pushed for the corral idea in Sacramento after seeing it work well in several other cities. He's a fan of Park a Bike.
"They're a cool group of guys. I first encountered their product outside Old Soul (the midtown coffee shop and roaster)," Houston said. "It's my favorite rack. It protects the bike. It locks it securely and it's easy to get the bike in and out."
Rob Archie, owner of Pangaea Two Brews, a popular beer and coffee spot in Curtis Park, had one of the on-street corrals installed for a day outside his business. Such corrals could become semipermanent fixtures throughout the city if all goes well. Archie, who played pro basketball in Europe, is a big supporter of making bike riding and walking more prominent.
"It's really exciting," Archie said of the corrals. "I love the statement. It's just practical. We have a lot of groups that come and ride their bikes here. One of the things you can learn in Europe is that we can do with less. It's a simple thing like this. It's rethinking. I've gotten so much response about this on Facebook."
Ease of use, without the clumsy collision of bikes or tripping over wheels or pedals on bikes locked haphazardly, is one of the keys to Park a Bike's early success on college campuses. Installed in large numbers, the racks can be laid out to create 24-inch aisles for the bikes to be rolled in and out of parking areas.
The University of Southern California recently bought 650 units, creating parking for 1,300 bikes, and Luyet said the school plans to order 300 more. Several other colleges have purchased the Varsity in large numbers, too.
The soft polymer bumper pads, or "smart guards," that cushion the bike frame from the steel rack can be custom-printed with the customer's name and logo. A cap on the top of the center tube can hold what's known as a QR label, which can be scanned with a smartphone, directing users to an online site that could be customized with anything from an instructional video to tourist information or advertising.
"Education is everything," said Park a Bike's Luyet as he pulled up an instructional video on his phone. "If you don't educate customers, there will be a loss of traction."
Though Park a Bike began selling its bike racks in 2011, the company's roots date to 1991, when Greg Bauer designed a hitch rack that could hold four bikes on the back of a BMW or Land Rover, Luyet said. That early success grew into Rack N Road, the popular bike rack retailer with six stores on the West Coast, including one in Sacramento. Along with Bauer and Luyet, Park a Bike's main players include designer and chief engineer Donn Van Dusen and Mike Kilmartin, who oversees national sales.
Ed Cox, who coordinates bike issues for the city of Sacramento, said Park a Bike has an impressive product and notes that the city has purchased the Varsity in small numbers. But he said Sacramento, which recently converted unused parking meter poles into bike racks, will likely use various kinds of racks in the years ahead. Park a Bike's model, Cox said, works especially well in high-capacity locations.
Luyet sees big things ahead for the company as cities and colleges throughout the United States strive to become more bike-friendly. The Sacramento-based company, he said, is gearing up to be a force in the bike rack - or bike dock - market.
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Sacramento bike parking experiment will continue for 3 weeks Share
By Cathy Locke, Published: Wednesday, May. 30, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
The city of Sacramento will be testing a new concept in bicycle parking beginning today and continuing for three weeks as part of the annual "May Is Bike Month" campaign.
The city has approved the use of temporary on-street bicycle parking corrals, said Rick Houston, a bicycle advocate who has worked with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments on Bike Month activities. The corrals are set up in an on-street parking space and consist of a bike rack that can accommodate up to 10 bicycles.
Although businesses are sometimes wary of losing a parking space for motor vehicles, advocates of the bike corrals say they provide better sightlines to the businesses that they front and create a draw to nearby businesses.
Houston said convenient parking is key to serving current bicyclists and recruiting new ones.
The temporary bike corrals will be set up for one week each at three locations:
. In front of Insight Coffee Roasters, Eighth and S streets, today through June 6.
. Between Pangaea Two Brews Cafe and Gunther's Ice Cream Shop in the 2700-2800 blocks of Franklin Boulevard, June 6-13.
. In front of LuLuLemon Athletica in the MARRS building, 20th and J streets, June 13-20.n.
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Sacramento Gets New Temporary Bicycle Parking with Pilot Program
By Jared Goyette, published on May 30, 2012 at 7:46 AM
Starting today, bicycles will have 10 more spaces to call their own during a pilot program spearheaded by the folks that brought you May is Bike Month.
The new program places bright yellow bicycle corrals at three stations for a one-week trial period through June 20. Each corral holds up to 10 bicycles and takes the footprint of a single car parking space. The corrals are being donated by Park-a-Bike, a local Sacramento company that specializes in bicycle and skateboard racks and lockers
“We're showing the city that this is a viable option. We'll get some feedback because it’s only going to be in for a week, and they don't have to pay a dime,” said A.J. Tendick, a public information officer with Sacramento Area Council Of Governments and the coordinator of May is Bike Month.
The first test location will be at Eighth and S streets in front of Insight Coffee Roasters from Wednesday to June 6.
The second location will be at Third Avenue and Franklin Boulevard between Pangaea Two Brews Cafe and Gunther’s Ice Cream Shop, June 6-13.
The final location will be at 20th and J streets in front of LuluLemon Athletica in the MARRS building from June 13-20.
If you think the corrals are a good idea and want them to be permanent, then Tendick suggests you 1) Use them 2) Shop at the businesses nearby 3) Tell them you used the bike parking and appreciate it.
Ultimately, Tendick said, it will be up to the businesses to push the city to create more bicycle parking in their vicinity, be it via a bicycle corral or other means, like a bicycle rack on the sidewalk.
“We hope that the city is going to be able to take a look at this as just one more tool in their toolbox of bike parking options,” Tendick said. “There isn't always going to be the need to take up a parking space to make this happen.”
This article was co-written by Melissa Corker
Jared Goyette is the editor of The Sacramento Press. Follow him on Twitter.
Disclosure: The writer rides a bike to work and regularly uses on street bike parking.