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Bike Rack Installation

Circle Bike Racks

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Bicycle Program conducted a pilot program in 2005, installing 11 "Bicycle-Circle" racks on meter posts in Capitol Hill that otherwise would have been removed as the neighborhood transitioned to an electronic based Paystation Parking system. Working closely with Creative Metalworks, the Bicycle Program staff refined the design of the rack into a product suitable for installation on public sidewalks. The design changes include:
- Thickening the rack and the top and bottom mounting brackets, making them more difficult to bend;

- Adding set screws, preventing the rack from rotating around the post (pre-drilling of the top and bottom brackets by the manufacturer eases thread tapping for the set screws);

- Adding a center bracket, securing the bicycle icon to the post;

- Beveling the outside edge, reducing the chance of denting/scratching a bicycle frame.

Because the pilot program was successful, SDOT is expanding the installation of the Bicycle-Circle rack into other neighborhoods.

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