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Can we get more bike racks at the Cambridge main library? The use of benches for securing bikes is inappropriate.
The problem of folks locking bikes to the benches is, in some ways, similar to groups who refuse to build desire paths [https://99percentinvisible.org/article/least-resistance-desire-paths-can-lead-better-design/]. The paths happen because of human nature.
Cyclists often lock their bikes to the benches because they are the closest objects to the library entrance — "the path of least resistance." Especially when running in to the library to grab a book on hold. It would take someone longer to park a bike underground than it would to actually run in and grab the book.
Instead of resisting bike racks closest to the door, the library may want to reconsider their position. Or, redesign the benches so one cannot lock a bike to it them.
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