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Cycling center: a multi-use center to support and promote cycling Palmer, Thomas Allan


The Cycling Center is a proposal for an architecture dedicated to cyclists and the bicycle. Although cycling has been around for over 100 years, there have been few examples of architectural buildings designed for cyclists and their bicycles. In contrast, gasoline vehicles have had many structures fashioned especially for them and continue to place considerable constraints on most new building designs. The Cycling Center, to be located on a portion of the Burrard Street Bridge Civic Marina parking lot (adjacent to Vanier Park), is meant to function as a multi-purpose center for the promotion and support of cycling in Vancouver and British Columbia I. Furthermore, it serves as an attitude of global responsibility, urban renewal and community spirit which many cyclists hold. In order to change the view and actions of both the government and the public, a comprehensive effort to promote global awareness and responsibility is essential. The Cycling Center conthbutes to this effort by providing the following components: hotel/hostel design for use by primarily, but not exclusively, cyclists; administration center for cycling organizations; community bicycle repair/recycling center; educational facility (to promote cycling, cycling safety and cycling responsibility); retail/rental outlet (including bicycle storage and support facilities) and live/work business (for resident manager of the Cycling Center).

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