bikeshed

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See also: bike shed

English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

bike +‎ shed.

Noun[edit]

bikeshed (plural bikesheds)

  1. (literally) An enclosed structure where bicycles may be stored.
  2. (figuratively, technical jargon) A topic that is attracting debate ad nauseam, out of all proportion to its actual importance. Also bikeshedding, the process of arguing endlessly over details of some small and relatively unimportant thing. Originates as a metaphor to explain Parkinson’s Law of Triviality.

Verb[edit]

bikeshed (third-person singular simple present bikesheds, present participle bikeshedding, simple past and past participle bikeshedded)

  1. (technical jargon) Discuss a minor detail.

Etymology 2[edit]

Blend of bike +‎ watershed.

Noun[edit]

bikeshed (plural bikesheds)

  1. (transportation planning, urban planning) The land area within a defined biking range of a specified location.
    • 2013, Mallory Suzanne Necessary, Developing an Infrastructure Informed Walkshed and Bikeshed[1], University of Texas at Austin, page 38:
      Utilizing the bikeshed values for each surrounding link, the bikeshed service area is visualized around these bike shops (the origins) to see the distance to which cyclists can travel away from the bike shop comfortably, in reality. The bikeshed service area depicts the true network of all accessible streets that lie within the impedance value of a cyclist traveling a perceived 10 minute short-commute.
    • 2017, Bryanna Osmonson, An Equity Analysis of Bicycle Infrastructure Around Light Rail Stations in Seattle, WA[2], University of Washington, page 2:
      The 2-mile radius around light rail stations is considered the bikeshed, or the distance within which most people are able and willing to ride a bicycle.