How long does it take to move a bike hoop?

Over the past few years the City of Melbourne has currently installing more bike hoops around the CBD, permitting more cyclists to securely park their bikes. But what happens when one of the hoops is placed in a stupid place?

'OM Vegetarian' advertisement tied to a parked bike on Swanston Street

Back on 29 January 2018 I spotted this example near the corner of William and Bourke Streets – a bike rack running 90 degrees to the road and blocking the footpath.

Bike racks running 90 degrees to the road and blocking the footpath at William and Bourke Street

I tweeted about it the next day, and a week later the City of Melbourne entered the discussion – agreeing that they were stupidly placed.

Presumably cyclists thought the same thing, as the bike hoops were often empty, compared to the hoops across the street.

oBikes chained up to a bike rack at William and Little Bourke Street

Presumably cyclists didn’t want their valuable bike jutting out into the footpath, ready to be smashed into by passing pedestrians.

Bike racks running 90 degrees to the road and blocking the footpath at William and Bourke Street

But some still took the risk.

Bike racks running 90 degrees to the road and blocking the footpath at William and Bourke Street

But eventually the City of Melbourne got around to doing what they promised – a year later in February 2019 the bike hoops had been cut off at footpath level, and two new hoops installed parallel to the kerb.

A year after the City of Melbourne said they would move them, the bike hoops at William and Bourke Street are now parallel to the kerb, instead of blocking the footpath

Leaving clear space for pedestrians.

A year after the City of Melbourne said they would move them, the bike hoops at William and Bourke Street are now parallel to the kerb, instead of blocking the footpath

Footnote

I guess we should count ourselves lucky that these bike hoops were never noticed by business owners – advertising bikes are even worse.

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