For years the Bike-Ped commission has been recommending (and getting) more bike racks as a way to encourage bike use in Bloomington, and as soon as they are installed, they fill up daily. There is just not that much space left on the sidewalk, and so the city has installed on street bike parking in two locations. We have been recommending this idea (replacing car parking with bike parking) for years to little avail. Now thanks to the work Bob Costello, owner of the Laughing Planet, the city has responded and installed on-street parking in two locations, in front of Soma and the Uptown/Trojan Horse.
They took one parking space, and made room for 10 bikes to park. The business owners saw the mathematical logic in this trade-off. Most car trips carry 2 or less people. Ten minus two equals eight more people able to park close their businesses. This makes great sense for the downtown merchants, perhaps others will see the advantage of increased bike parking in the downtown area.
Here’s Boyce’s blog about the new spaces: