Manhattan dwellers are known for having a bit of an attitude. Those that live in "the city" often think that "the city" is the be all and end all of everything that is hip, stylish, and innovative. I had to chuckle though when I passed this "innovative" bike parking solution.
Basically a car parking lot company hung up a sign welcoming cyclists to leave their bikes under the watchful eye of parking lot attendants. I guess $1 a day is not bad if you forget your lock or for some reason are riding a bike that you absolutely could not afford to lose. And I have seen car parking cost advertised for as much as $500 per month in Manhattan so $20 per month is a bargain in comparison. However this simplistic solution pales in comparison to what some other cities have done.
In a post last year we covered a few ideas implemented in Portland and in Japan. In Portland they have bike lockers -
Photo credits go to the Bikehacks crew
Simply bring your own lock and your steed is locked away for safe keeping.
And when it comes to a really innovative solution, we came across this video of a fully automated parking structure in Japan (via Liveleak)
All things considered, the "innovative" Manhattan solution is by far the easiest to implement - and it is based upon the bed rock principle of Manhattan - separating people from their money.