I've read a lot of threads and posts against bicyclists in a number of situations (e.g. being told not to ride on the roads, where to ride on roads and trails, not being able to lock up bicycles due to a lack of places to do so, not being allowed to bring bicycles into shops while on errands,) and so on. But this thread is about those. I've done a lot of bicycling where I would walk into places in full kit. No one gave me any guff if they objected until the following example.
While vacationing on Mount Desert Island in Maine, I spend much of my time bicycling in and around Acadia National Park. Some of the park roads are paved with asphalt and are largely used by tour buses and people who with to drive around in their cars. Most of the rest consist of a network of gravel-paved carriage roads which are used by people riding in horse-drawn carriages, hikers, and a surprisingly large number of bicyclists
All of the roads eventually lead to the Jordan Pond House, which is located in the center of the Island Since 1981, people were informed that it was a restaurant where anyone who could pay would be welcomed and sit down to a considerble meal. This wasn't quite true. For those who arrived dressed to the hilt, they were admitted and served. Meanwhile, bicyclists and hikers were turned away. As if that weren't enough, the welcomed customers looked at cyclists with disdain. Even those who didn't try to go in were looked at as if they shouldn't be there.
Over the years, the restaurant built a place where tourists could buy cards and other stuff. As if it were an apology to bicyclists, they sold items like trail snacks, cold soda, hot coffee, and tea. Behind and under er the restaurant, restrooms were constructed so that one could relieve oneself and/or change into clean clothes. If that's an apology, I call it an excuse.
Have any of you been turned away from establishments or looked upon as if you shouldn't exist? Please discuss.