Sportworks Launches New Stationary Bike Parking Line to Meet Growing U.S. Demand

April 17, 2012

Sportworks recently launched a line of bike parking products including the new No Scratch® Bike Rack. Blending a durable protective bumper, modern design and high quality materials, this revolutionary bike rack is ideal for colleges, universities, small businesses, office and residential buildings, sports arenas and other urban settings where bicycles are used.

Woodinville, WA — April 17, 2012 — Sportworks, the leading supplier of transit bike racks, recently launched a line of bike parking products including the new No Scratch® Bike Rack. Blending a durable protective bumper, modern design and high quality materials, this revolutionary bike rack is ideal for colleges, universities, small businesses, office and residential buildings, sports arenas and other urban settings where bicycles are used.

“Sportworks has a long-standing heritage of innovation and problem solving when it comes to bike racks. For over 20 years, cyclists have recognized the quality and usability of our transit bike racks,” says Derek Sanden, Vice President at Sportworks. “Sportworks transit racks are used by 500 municipalities throughout North America, and carry over one million bicycles per month. With our new No Scratch® line, we’ve raised the bar for stationary bike parking products.”

The No Scratch® Bike Rack comes in two styles: the standard-sized Tofino and a smaller version called the Westport. The key to the No Scratch® Bike Rack is its fully-integrated bumper. Durable and non-abrasive, the bumper protects bikes from scratches, dings and other damage.

Sportworks designed its’ line of bike parking products to meet the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals’ Bicycle Parking Guidelines. Convenient and secure bicycle parking helps legitimize bicycling as a viable transportation alternative to vehicles, particularly in dense urban environments.

Changing municipal codes, rising gas prices, and the increase in bike share programs and green buildings indicates there are significant shifts making cycling an increasingly popular transportation option. According to the Alliance for Biking & Walking (ABW) in its 2012 Benchmarking Report, bicycle commuting numbers are growing steadily, “rising 64% between 1990 and 2009 from 466,856 to 765,703 people who bicycle to work nationwide.”

In addition to increasing numbers of cyclists and bicycle commuters, there is a growing need for bike parking. In surveying cities for its report, ABW found that “76% (39 cities) require bicycle parking in new buildings … a 70% increase from two years ago when just 23 cities reported having this policy.”

Sportworks bike racks, including the No Scratch® Bike Rack, are “Red List” compliant, meeting the material sourcing criteria of the Living Building Challenge and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification programs for new and existing buildings. Sportworks designs and manufactures its entire bike parking line in Woodinville, Washington using post-industrial recycled materials and non-toxic finishes.

Sportworks’ Tofino and Westport bike racks are available in a variety of materials and finishes that have been tested and proven to last. They can also be customized with a sign plate for a logo, name or image.

The No Scratch® Bike Rack ranges in price from $200 to $300, depending on the material and level of customization.

About Sportworks Sportworks Northwest, Inc. (www.sportworks.com) has been designing and manufacturing innovative bicycle products since 1990. It designed the first Bike-Rack-for-Buses™ in 1993, and supplies transit racks to 500 municipalities throughout North America. In 2012, the company launched its bike parking line, including the No Scratch® Bike Rack with an integrated, non-abrasive bumper that protects bikes. All Sportworks’ products meet the material sourcing criteria of the Living Building Challenge and LEED Rating System. Sportworks designs and fabricates its products at its corporate headquarters in Woodinville, Washington.