Dero, News

New Chicago Area Dero Sales Representative Offering the Best in Bike Parking

Dero is proud to introduce its new Chicago area sales representative, Jason Jenkins. He will provide Dero’s full line of bike parking and bicycle transit solutions for customers in the metro area. Jenkins will also offer installation assistance, and free quotes, site visits, and CAD layouts.

Jason Jenkins is passionate about bicycling. He joins the Dero team after eight years working for the Active Transportation Alliance, the Chicagoland regional advocacy organization for biking, walking, and transit. He was the Education Specialist and Crash Support Programs Manager, working with schools, institutions, and the general public to provide educational and safety programming around biking, walking, and transit. He also managed its crash response programs, hotline, and courtroom advocacy. In addition, he made a helpful YouTube video entitled, “How (Not) to Get Your Bike Stolen.”

This experience, plus his history in the construction and carpentry industries, gives him a unique perspective on the importance of bike infrastructure. He will be an invaluable resource for architects, developers, building owners and facility managers, municipalities, universities, and park and rec, to meet the high demand for bike parking in the region. “I’m excited about starting a new chapter with Dero where I can stay engaged in the bike world and continue to contribute to and encourage sustainable, active, and healthy living,” states Jason Jenkins, new Dero sales representative.

Jason Jenkins

Outside Sales, Chicago

Dero

Direct: 651-658-4720

Fax: 612-331-2731

[email protected]

Dero, News

New Stratus Shelter Brings Dero’s Bike Shelter Line to New Heights

Dero is proud to introduce the Stratus Shelter™, a stunning glass and steel bike parking structure that is perfect for two-tiered bike racks. Its modular design with numerous configuration options makes this bike shelter a unique and breathtaking bicycle storage solution.

The Stratus Shelter is a striking bike shelter option for any transit station, university campus, or multi-family residential building project. It is constructed of American-made galvanized steel, and clear, tempered, laminated glass roof panels. Customers can choose single or double-sided roof panels that can be configured flush or in varying angles to create several attractive patterns. Optional glass side panels are also available for additional protection from the elements.

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The Stratus Shelter looks delicate and airy, but it is rated to withstand heavy seismic disruptions. Its height is specifically designed to accommodate two-tiered racks like the Dero Decker and Dero Duplex, or vertical parking systems like the Ultra Space Saver. These space-efficient bike racks maximize a project’s bike parking capacity. All bike rack systems are sold separately.

Educational/How-To

Notes From a Bike Parking Nerd: Long-Term Bicycle Parking

What is long-term bicycle parking?

Compared to short-term parking, long-term bike parking provides greater security and better protection from the elements. It’s designed to meet the bike storage needs of daily bike commuters, housing residents, and public transit users. The likelihood of an individual riding to their final destination is increased when higher-quality, sheltered bike parking is available. Below, we’ll break down the different styles and applications of long-term bike parking.

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Bike Shelters

Fully enclosed, covered bike shelters provide excellent long-term bicycle parking options if the outdoor space is available. Shelters like the Dero Bike Depot and Stratus Shelter™ offer great customizability to accommodate varying levels of security, modular expansion, and styles of bike parking. Two-tiered and vertical bike racks pair especially well with bike shelters, since they can fit more bicycles in less space.

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Bike Lockers

Bicycle lockers provide the highest level of individual bike security, giving users peace of mind when parking their bike for extended periods. Lockers are increasingly popular at transit hubs owing to their modular design and ability to accommodate multimodal transit users. At Dero, we’ve designed an entire line up of two and singled sided bike lockers to fit a wide array of floor plans and design requirements.

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Indoor Bike Rooms

Indoor bike rooms are designed to restrict access to specific users and are fully sealed off from the weather. Bike rooms can provide the greatest flexibility in types of bike parking to accommodate a variety of users–many developers are providing both space-saving, vertical bike racks in tandem with floor mounted racks. This balances the need for optimizing space constraints while providing options for people of varying abilities and bike styles. Cities like San Francisco stipulate the inclusion of bike rooms in new developments that surpass certain size or zoning dimensions. Additionally, bike rooms can include further bike-friendly amenities like gear lockers, public bike repair, and bike showers. 

As ridership grows across the country, the demands placed on long-term bike parking will continue to evolve. We’ve brought our past two decades of design knowledge, engineering, and riding experience to provide industry-leading resources for everyone who wants high quality, secure bike parking. If you want to learn more about other types of bicycle parking, check out our Bike Parking Guide and subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

Advocacy, Educational/How-To

What Makes a Good Bike Rack?

By Lou Fineberg
National Advocacy Accounts Manager

This post originally appeared on Strong Towns during their Bike Week. 

A bike rack is a bike rack, right? If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all… Actually, bike parking is not quite that simple. For nearly 15 years, I have been closely involved in bike parking. As an advocate, I co-founded Bike Pittsburgh, and now, working for Dero in the bike parking industry, I interact with bike advocates nationwide. Here are my observations about bike parking done right.

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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

Bicycle parking should be located in an easily accessible area that is well-lit, secure, and preferably sheltered. It should be placed as close to the building entrance(s) as possible, or at least as close as the nearest car parking. When done well, bike parking can enhance a space, make people with bikes feel welcomed, and even encourage more people to ride. When done poorly it can convey indifference, cause frustration, be an eyesore, or even a hazard.

Imagine having roads, but nowhere to park cars. As cities increasingly develop bike paths, cycle tracks, and green lanes, bike parking is essential. Otherwise, as any urban planner will tell you, we are welcoming chaos to our public spaces. Good ordinances and good planning help municipalities and organizations determine where bikes get parked.

Transit hubs and businesses are the obvious places for bike racks, but it is also important to observe cities in the same way the esteemed Jane Jacobs did by watching how people interact with places, which leads us to know where bike racks function best. Some underused bike parking investments have been mistaken as failures, but the placement is usually wrong, not the bike rack. Bike parking that is out of the way often gets ignored.

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SECURITY AND STABILITY ARE KEY

A bike should be able to rest firmly against a bike rack – two points of contact is ideal. The frame and front wheel, which can swivel, need to rest fully supported against the rack and be able to lock to the bike rack with a U-style or similarly secure lock. This provides security and stability – the essentials of good bike parking.

When selecting bike parking, some basic questions will help determine a good solution: Is it intended for short-term use (less than 2 hours) or long-term (more than 2 hours)? Convenience trumps shelter for short-term parking, while protection from the elements is prioritized in long-term settings. How many bicycles need to be parked? What are the location and dimensions of the space? What is the budget? There are bike racks designed to best fit sidewalks, streetscapes, inside buildings and out. There are horizontal, vertical, stacked, and custom options all designed to meet various needs and spaces. Bike lockers, shelters, and rooms are best for long-term bike parking for additional security and weather protection.

GOVERNMENT’S ROLE

Local government can play a critical role in making sure bike parking is implemented properly. Their tools include requirements in the city code that dictate the appropriate design and quantities for bike parking. San Francisco has among the most comprehensive bike parking regulations in the nation and this has resulted in the dramatic increase in bike rooms in buildings. Streamlined permitting processes for bike racks in the public right-of-way and at events also helps significantly increase bicycle access. Cities that truly want to encourage bicycling have money in their budgets – even a modest amount – earmarked for bike racks in business districts. Sometimes it is a part of a cost share program that helps stretch dollars further, like in Minneapolis. It’s also important to understand and work within the political climate where the legislation is being passed. Proper enforcement will help regulations to stick.

THE INDIVIDUAL’S ROLE

The most important role an individual has is advocating for more bike parking. Governments usually do not act until people speak up. If you feel your voice is not being heard, ally with a local organization and help them champion bike parking as an important issue. Fortunately, the current growth in using bikes for transportation makes it easier to argue your case. This is true when it comes to businesses as well. In the past, bicycle investments were often couched in “the right thing to do” category. Today they are increasingly understood as a smart investment because bike parking and other bike amenities attract people (customers and employees) who demand it.

If you’re a business owner, you might also consider installing a bike rack outside your store/office.

INSPIRATION, CREATIVITY, & FUN

Custom bike racks can be fanciful and help identify stores, neighborhoods, districts, and cities. The key to a successful custom rack is that it must be functional as well. Bike Pittsburgh started in part with a public art bike rack called the Three Rivers rack (check out the video to the right). It caught the public’s attention in a way that helped garner almost immediate recognition and support. Subsequently, we quickly learned the power of the bike rack. It is not only a place to park a bike, but it is a symbol that marks bike friendly places and encourages more people to ride.

Bike Pittsburgh also used a “Pop Up” grant in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Parking Authority to reinvent a small section of a parking garage reserved for eight bike racks. The colorful project, called Space Invaders, significantly increased the amount of bike parking and brought attention to a space that previously went unnoticed. Another project, spearheaded by an affordable housing developer, dedicated the entire side of a historic building in Downtown Pittsburgh to bike parking. They used reclaimed shipping containers at the foot of the building and called attention to it with a several story high mural that is visible to thousands of daily commuters.

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EQUITY IN CITIES

Bike parking can also be a way for developers to offset car parking requirements when the local code allows a swap of required car parking for bicycle parking – a common feature in well-informed legislation that reflect changing mobility preferences. The swap has benefited many urban developments. Lena Andrews, a Planning and Development Officer at Action Housing in Pittsburgh is adamant that, “affordable housing should not be car-oriented.”

Developments intended to serve those with lower-incomes are best located in places that are walk, bike, and transit accessible. This also can make projects more financially feasible for developers, since bike parking is extremely inexpensive compared to car parking, and also saves on space which, in this case, increased the number of units for Andrews’ project. Win-win.

Slowly, bike parking is becoming more than just an afterthought. Ten years ago the City of Pittsburgh had no clear mechanism in place to install the Three Rivers bike rack, and it was arduous to navigate all of the city departments involved. However, our team dove in to acquire the signatures from property owners and adjacent property owners, and solve the issue of paying for the encroachment fees. After some perseverance, bike parking emerged as a dramatic catalyst that inspired fun, creativity, and challenged us to rethink public spaces. It became part of the public conversation. Now the City of Pittsburgh has a webpage dedicated to bike parking. Have no doubt – well planned bicycle parking enhances lives, making biking convenient and encouraging people to enjoy their city on two wheels.

Educational/How-To

Trailhead Design

When it comes to trailhead design, riders have a wide array of needs and abilities. Amenities like public bicycle repair stands, overhead shelters, and quality bike parking sets a bike friendly tone for trail users. Below, we’ll examine how each feature can improve your trailhead designs and provide a welcoming addition for bicyclists.

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Public bike repair is a necessity for any trail or bike path. Even the best prepared riders can’t anticipate when they’ll be stuck without the right tool, and the Dero Fixit stand has saved many a stranded cyclist. Each stand comes with an array of tools, including allen wrenches, philips and flat head screwdrivers, box wrenches, and tire levers. They are at home on any kind of trail or path–from a BMX park to a riverside esplanade. We love having several Fixits installed along the Midtown Greenway bike path in our hometown of Minneapolis!

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What else might bicyclists need while out riding? Air! Over the years, we’ve designed two high quality, heavy-duty air pumps for repeated outdoor public use. Our Air Kit 2 model handily attaches to Fixit stands, and the Air Kit 3 (pictured above) has an integrated air pressure gauge, which is important for off-road riders who need to finely tune their tire pressures for certain terrains.

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The Pump Stop is a useful accompaniment to our Air Kit bike pumps, which holds bikes upright while filling tires with air.

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Designed specifically for trailheads and bike parks, the Saddle Buddy™ offers a temporary resting place for our two-wheeled companions. Though it is not designed to be a lockable bike rack, it’s perfect for stowing your while gearing up for the ride ahead or taking a break between runs.

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Traditional bike parking is also a welcome addition to any trailhead or bike path. Above are the Dero Helix Racks featured next to the famed Elroy-Sparta Trail in central Wisconsin.

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Want to make your trailhead stand out? Our custom designs can include logos, signs, and even fully custom bike rack shapes. Pictured above are custom laser-cut bike racks we designed for the town of Pequot Lakes, MN, which is located on the Paul Bunyan State Trail in northern Minnesota.

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Finally, bike shelters can be included in your trailhead design to provide welcome protection from the elements. Whether covering way-finding signage, a public bike repair stand, bike parking, or picnic tables, shelters are an important trailhead design element that can serve all trail users.