A Case for Functional Design
Just finished readingon the dane101 blog, and it referred to “duck-bill” bike racks as an economical and efficient style of rack made in-house at the UW-Madison. I hope that “duck-bill” refers to the style of rack in the photo here. If so, major kudos to the folks who came up with it! It’s a fabulous rack!Why is it fabulous?
- wide and tall slot for wheel
- “duck bill” (?) sticks out far enough for a U-lock or cable to attach to the frame and wheel.
- reverse bike and you can secure the rear wheel and frame.
- rack does not scratch frame because it doesn’t require frame to lean against it. Also, by holding up bikes other bike won’t fall on my frame.
- plenty of space to fit between other bikes
- efficient use of space (double-sided).
It is not as “pretty” of a rack as the inverted U-style racks that litter the space around the newly renovated Grainger Hall, but those inverted U-style racks don’t hold the bikes up well, so the bikes fall down and the place looks crappy — a perfect example of a committee design where no one was a biker. They look great when they’re empty. It is a design that looks and works much better than the angle racks where only bike wheels are held (unless the bike has fenders — those don’t fit and fall over). Hopefully, we’ll see more of these “duck-bill” (if that is what they’re called) racks around campus (and the world!).