If you are in the market for a stand alone bike rack then you have options. There are lots of companies out there that make custom bike racks. These types of bike racks can be anything from your standard bollard bike rack or U shaped rack to custom sculpture bike racks. The one pictured on the left is from Arlington and is described as a circle bike rack. It is quite decorative and I like the way that the bike is in the middle of the circle. This lets people know that this is not a parking meeter and is in fact a bike rack.
I think that bike racks should be readily available in every town or city to promote the use of bicycles. So if your a business owner consider a custom bike rack for your business. There are some companies who will even design a bike rack custom to your business. Maybe you are a fishing tackle store, why not get a bike rack designed in the shape of a fish? If you want a custom bike rack built, I can pretty much make any thing. Contact me if your interested.