Overall, the quality of bike parking in Boulder is shockingly poor. Indeed, I have seen bicycle parking in a great many university-oriented cities, and Boulder may have the worst bicycle parking I have ever seen. A large percentage of office, retail and residential bike parking is woefully inadequate in design. In addition, an enormous number of bike parking facilities have been improperly installed to the point where they create significant parking problems for cyclists. Staff needs to be much better trained in knowing what constitutes proper installation, and developers must be given better instructions in how to properly install such parking.
Variations that crowd bikes or provide insufficient frame support, such as Cora or the ribbon rack shown above, should not be allowed.
While quality bike parking will not substantially induce new bike ridership, it does send the important, visible message that the City respects and provides for bicycling.