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CitiBike + ThinBike = Less Space for Same Bikes

You might put this in the “who asked you” file, but we imagine some of the brouhaha that erupted over the recent release of the CitiBike bike share program might have been minimized had the bikes taken a cue from the ThinBike that founder Graham Hill designed with the help of Schindelhauer. The ThinBike has a quick release on its stem that easily allows its handlebar to turn and lock so it’s parallel with the rest of bike, rather than perpendicular. This set up cuts width in half or more, making storage far easier.


The CitiBike’s controversy stems (pun intended) from the girth of its docking stations, which people have complained are eyesores on New York’s historic streets. People have also complained that the stations hog up the city’s few parking spots (of course, some might consider this a bonus). If the overall width of a CitiBike could be cut in half or more, there would be a commensurate space savings in the overall docking station’s length. You could fit 60 bikes where 30 once were. More important, you could fit 30 in a space that might have only held 15. This smaller footprint on city streets might allay some of the complaints of CitiBike critics. If you think the extra step will invite the lawyers, know that when you straighten the bar on the ThinBike, there’s a bolt that makes a very positive engagement so you know the bar is locked.

Whether it’s fitting more bikes on a block or chairs in a closet, at LifeEdited, we’re always asking how can things be done smaller, better and using less space.

  • AlternateOptions

    A loose handlebar would create a hazard if it is not properly locked by the bicycle renter. These bicycles are supposed to be easy to use, thus the user should just undock, and be able to ride.

    Instead of having a locking handlebar, the height of the front wheels in every other docking station could be raised, offsetting the handlebar height and allowing more bicycles in the same space. An offset alternating the docking stations along the horizontal axis would also achieve the same result, but in certain cases would require the user to lift the bicycle slightly so the handlebars would clear adjacent bikes.

    No solution is perfect, but complaining is easy.

  • Tim Domenico

    I was renting a room once and had to store three of my project bikes in my room. It was easy, you simply stack the bikes 180 degrees opposed to each other, so the handle bars aren’t competing for space. The Citi Bike docking stations could be placed 50% closer to each other if they were offset 180 degrees and the user simply backed the bike into the dock.

  • Michael

    Here in England, Brompton Dock has a similar concept where Brompton bikes are stored in stackable lockers to save space.

  • Simon Powell

    Couldn’t you just stagger the bikes?

  • vizepferd

    What a non-discussion, with a simple solution:

    Place on and off a lower and a 20cm lifted bikestalling. That’s how it is done in Holland…
    citi bike just needs to build a lifted stalling station.×600/170.jpg