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Photo #175118

[Image taken 20.10.21] Waitrose, Foss Islands Way, York. [NOTE: No streetview at this location.] This design - joined - of cycle parking are known as 'toastracks'. The upstand of the linking rails (around 3.5cm here) mean every user has to lift their cycle in and over both rails and lift it out over both rails when leaving. Plus some cycles are not sufficiently wide to straddle the rails and fall. The 'Toblerone'-shaped 'supports' do not support cycles. Yet they have been purchased and installed - they are fixed - at a supermarket ie a place people will arrive with luggage and leave with more. Customers may also have a child on their cycle. Further, the clumps of racks can be positioned such that the ends can be used by people with wider and longer cycles (see: #175135). However the toastracks have been positioned so close together none of the ends can be used even for a cycle with two wheels and no luggage. In total here the number of spaces lost by lack of understanding of how racks are intended to be used is six. The minimum recommended width between upstands is 100cm. These are 65cm. I believe the default should be 120cm at retail outlets or in places many people cycle or could and for utility purposes. Other images today: #175105 and links.

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