Rackathon: A Regional Summit to Hack the Bike Parking Code




​You’re invited to attend “Rackathon: A Regional Summit to Hack the Bike Parking Code” on July 9 at in the Great Hall of Union Station.

Join us for an engaging, participatory event to evaluate the on-street bike parking racks and discuss improvements to city building codes, design review processes, and transit station design to increase bike parking in the region.

If you’re a urban design professional, government transportation staffer, real estate developer, building manager, public space advocate, or passionate bicyclist, you should attend.

Rackathon: A Regional Summit to Hack the Bike Parking Code
Wednesday, July 9, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
The Great Hall in Union Station
605 5th Ave S, Seattle WA 98104

The region has big plans for growing bicycle ridership. Just in Seattle, the city hopes to quadruple ridership by 2030. It makes sense. We have serious congestion, public health, affordability, and environmental concerns that bicycling can help address.

The region, Seattle, many other cities have great plans for building protected bike lanes, neighborhood greenways, and trails to create safe networks for more people of a greater range of age and ability to ride.

But an overlooked aspect is providing a safe place for bicyclists to store their bike at the end of their trips. There’s a simple fact: there can only be as many people riding as there are safe places for people to lock their bikes up wherever they want to go.

Our region doesn’t have enough bike parking. For example, in 2010, Commute Seattle found that only one-in-four employers in downtown Seattle had sufficient bike parking for their employees.

That’s why the Cascade Bicycle Club and the Seattle Neighborhood Greenways group are co-hosting Rackathon: A Regional Summit to Hack the Bike Parking Code on July 9 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Together we’ll analyze what works best for on-street and in-building bike racks by examining design criteria, building codes, and design review standards.

As a result of Rackathon, we hope to accomplish:
Establish a preferred on-street bike rack design(s) for the region that’s affordable and works for most bikes.
Recommend city ordinance, building code, design review, and transit station design/stop design improvements for cities across the region.
Network between design professionals, developers, building managers, government transportation staff and bike advocates on the issue of bike parking.
In attendance will be staffers from Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Planning Commission, Sound Transit, AIA Seattle, Commute Seattle, and several design firms. In addition, several bicycle rack companies will be on-hand to display their bike racks (both for on-street and in-building installation).

Immediately following the Rackathon will be a no-host social at The Lodge Sports Grille (166 S King St, Seattle WA 98104) from 4:30-5:30 p.m.