I've always been keen to the accelerated adoption of energy-efficiency, sustainability, and conservation that Europe has achieved. My next few posts are field observations from Europe that I think we need to bring to the U.S.
Unobtrusive bike racks in Zurich.
Lots of them. Everybody accepts that European cities are more cycling friendly than U.S cities. While much of the discrepancy has to do with access to bike routes, safety from motor vehicles, and a willingness to show up to work a bit sweaty, simple measures can be introduced to enhance the city cycling experience.
I can't tell you how many times I've whimpered while searching for a place to park my bike in front of a coffee shop downtown. I either have to settle for a parking meter post or a lacy fence. Enough with the fancy, artistic, and rigid bike racks that only fit five bikes comfortably! This bike rack design in Zurich provides stability to hang your bike, a secure lanyard to lock with, and ample locations that don't interfere with pedestrian traffic.