Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Getting Bike Racks in Front of Your Home or Business
We get lots of requests for bike rack installation permits, To apply for a free bike rack permit from the City of Philadelphia you need to contact by email, Patrick O'Donnell, Streets Department Engineer - Right of Way Unit email@example.com or 215-686-5618. He needs the address of the installation, a sketch, by attachment, of the type of rack and where on the sidewalk it is to be positioned.
Several Companies sell Hitch2 (staple) and Inverted U Bike Racks, for a complete list of manufacturers go to: http://www.bicyclinginfo.org/de/manufacturers.cfm
So you have your rack, you got your permit now you need to secure it into the concrete. If you are not experienced with using a hammer drill and masonary bits and anchor bolts then you may want to employ someone who is. Bicycle Coalition founder John Dowlin has installed well over 100 bike racks throughout the city. John can also help with placement and rack purchase. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also want to look at the Adopt A Rack page to see if your location is getting a bike rack later this fall or winter http://www.bicyclecoalition.org/bfvmaps/adopt_a_rack.html