Thursday, March 10, 9:00 am.
The number of bicyclists in Texas is steadily on the rise year after year. El Paso, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Dallas, and Austin are among the fastest growing bike commuting cities in the country. College Station boasts one of the country’s highest share of bike commuters, and more than 6,000 working Houstonians consider the bicycle their primary form of transportation. Bike parking, like car parking, needs to be properly addressed in new developments, significant renovations, and projects that prompt a change-in-use. Where are these growing number of commuters going to park their bicycles? Urban planners recognize that the growth in bike use will challenge the desired aesthetic and access to our public spaces unless we plan for them intelligently and pro-actively. Cities are scrambling, usually at a sloths pace, to enact regulations to address the growing demand. Inadequate bike parking is one of the primary reasons potential bike commuters choose not to ride. This session explores bike parking regulations from across the country, what’s in place and the factors that seem to be generating the most favorable results in private developments, the public right-or-way, and for events. In it we will provide an overview, a case study, play a game of Bike Parking Texas Hold ‘Em, and share with each other all sorts of bike parking tales from the Lone Start state.
National Advocacy Accounts Manager,
Dero Bike Racks
Lou Fineberg is the National Advocacy Accounts Manager at Dero, supporting bike advocacy groups nationwide in their efforts to meet their cities’ bike parking needs. Fineberg co-founded Bike Pittsburgh and helped lead the organization in multiple roles for a decade. As Bike Pittsburgh’s Business Program Director, he developed the Bike Friendly Employer program that integrated consulting services with commuter choice programming, working with companies like Google, Alcoa, and BNY Mellon. Fineberg also brought attention to Pittsburgh’s cumbersome bike parking regulations, which eventually led to new streamlined rules. He has authored two books – Three Rivers on Two Wheels and Urban Biking Companion – to help bicyclists safely navigate Pittsburgh. He has also presented on panels and mobile workshops at the National Bike Summit and Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place.