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The set of three in the background are too close to the brick wall to be used properly.

Thanks DDOT - these were needed. (But yeah, the ones by the wall should be moved)

Yes. How is it possible that those racks were installed incorrectly.

Interestingly, last week I talked to the director of bicycle programs for NYC about something and he said that DDOT's bicycle parking installation guidelines were best practice.

They are about installation, not about the difference between short term and long term parking.

Still, this is only one example of new installation of racks done improperly:

- Metropolitan Branch Trail at R or T St.?

- Ward 1 senior center

- now this.

http://ddot.dc.gov/DC/DDOT/Publication%20Files/Services/Parking/rack%20design%20and%20placement.pdf

Thanks for that link Richard. My big thought was horror that DDOT would use the term "cable locks" in a document about standards. We need to rename them. "Thief bait." "Flashing neon steal-me signs."

I think the ones by the street are new and installed by WABA. The ones in the back were the original ones and were installed by someone else a while ago.

Even the racks by the street don't appear to be installed correctly. If there were bikes parked in the racks, the wheels would likely touch. If you look at the specs in the link that Richard posted, racks in this configuration should be 10' apart (center to center) which allows about 4' between the bikes.

Almost every rack installed in Fairfax County has been installed incorrectly. Getting the racks installed is only part of the battle; they need to be installed correctly.

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