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[Image taken 18.1.22]. Lidl, James Street, York. [NOTE: No streetview at this location.] Image taken to illustrate: a) you load cycle bags (panniers) from the side; b) the bags get wider as you put more in, so take up more space; c) a fairly typical overweight woman has a bum and a tum and with the panniers is a tight fit in the space most cycle guides give as a minimum (100cm). Women are wider around the hips and stomach - in the 'clutter zone' of cycle parking ie in the space between the uprights of cycle parking. Men are wider at the shoulders ie above the 'clutter zone', and on a different plane... parallel to cycle parking supports. Note there is no cycle on the inside of the rack behind this person yet she could not avoid making contact with the cycle on the other side of the support. Sheffield stands are intended to have cycles on both sides of the uprights. The 2021 Edinburgh cycle parking guide (www.edinburgh.gov.uk/downloads/file/30316/c7-cycle-parking) gives 120cm as the minimum and no recommended gap. I think the image shows 150cm (see: #177910) should be available for at least every other rack at locations people will definitely have luggage, such as when shopping. But ‘York’cycles are always wider: they may have a basket and/or permanent panniers (see: #176868). They may be a bespoke cargo-/child-carrying design (see: #175244, #174749, #174709). People also carry dependants on two-wheeled cycles and need to lift the child/help the person on and off. People with mobility issues but using a standard cycle may need the space to manoeuvre. Of course, adapted and bespoke machines can be wider: trikes for example (see: #174708). While some cycles come with a stand or are retrofitted with one and don’t lean against the upright but slightly away from it, using the bar not for support but to secure their cycle to (see: #176781). In short, 100cm is too little. (I think this is a case of male unconscious bias.) Other images today: #177853 and links.

     

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