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[Image taken 23.4.21] Sofology, Hurricane Way, York. (Position in forecourt see also: #167340.) These Sheffields (racks) have a sloping and elongated shape. The person who owns the cycle had thought the design might work for her but the problem was how to find out? I'd like City of York Council to trial different designs of cycle parking, invite people to try them and install some of the ones that were popular alongside with traditional the Sheffields that work for many. Cambridge police did this several decades ago - hence the variety of cycle parking designs around the Guildhall. By chance I spotted examples of this sloped/tailed design in York. I and the cycle owner met here to try to them out. They enable this Dutch-style cycle to stand upright on its stand with the slope of the rack making it appropriate for cycles of varying heights and sizes. It offered lots of locking space. It even accommodated her permanently in situ panniers. The racks are close to the front of the shop. They are therefore easy to find and have good natural surveillance. There was lots of space around to get the cycle in/out from the car park side without the need to lift it/manoeuvre it using vertical multiple point turns (see measurements: #167729). The racks are stylish and the area attractive. (I have experienced landscape designers putting in racks only unwillingly or installing impractical designs citing aesthetics.) They are away from the car door opening zone thanks to the yellow hatching. There are bollards on the car park side that protect them from being hit. The bollards in front of the shop (between the racks and the glass windows) would impact on people being able to roll in and roll out forwards. Which means they are not as accessible as they could be. They are also only 74cm apart (see: #167732). The minimum accepted width is 100cm. However, as this is in a retail park and you might be doing other shopping or have a dependant onboard I would argue 100cm is too little. Four people can use the outsides of the racks (two here and two at the ones on the other side of the shop entrance.) Further images of these racks taken today see: #167728, #167731, #167733. From 10.5.21: #169112, #169113, #169114. Other well-spaced racks see: #167038. Other observations about cycles with stands: #167790. Other image this cycle: #167492.

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