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Photo #186026

[Image taken 7.9.22] Blake Street, York. There's so much to remember when lobbying for cycle parking or improvements. I try to remember the importance of it being under cover. For the children and the parents that use child seats... The seats often have a padded layer and/or cushions inside to soften the ride. And even if they don't and it rains, it's hard to wipe a seat sufficiently that the occupier does not get wet. No wonder then if people decide to take a car or the child has bad memories of cycling such that when it grows up it too turns its back on active travel, at least in wet weather. The image is also a reminder that cycle parking needs to be sufficiently far from the upright in front that the cycle is stable and that the rails of toastracks mean cycles with shorter wheelbases - most? - cannot straddle both rails. The result is, as here, the cycle is unstable. This makes it difficult to load/unload - even more of a problem if it is a person you are carrying. It also means you have to lift the cycle over the rail(s) when arriving and departing. Some people cannot do this due to limited strength or a mobility issue. Others can't do it because cycles are heavy and/or unwieldy. These two things are exacerbated if there is a large child seat onboard as here. The image is also a reminder that cycle parking that is substandard (see: extreme example: #185999, and a not much better one: #185920) does not have space for someone to stand next to the cycle and be able to load/unload human or other cargo, or may not have space above it for taller designs of cycle or attachments such as child seats, for example at two-tier design parking: #170490. Another example of (likely bespoke) weather protection for a childseat: #186049. And without... #186151.

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