Originally Posted by gpsblake
A lot of sidewalks are very narrow in Charleston with a very large amount of foot traffic. I've seen bicycles block the sidewalk near the Old Slave Market that would make it impossible for someone in a wheelchair to get by. Residential places like near the battery and Rainbow Row hate it when cyclist are chaining their bikes to posts right in front of their house or business.
Here's an example of what they are trying to stop and it only took me a minute to find this on google maps.
It would be impossible for someone in a wheelchair to get past that one bike parked right at the door of that business.
As I said, I don't know the local situation, and not being a resident don't have a dog in the fight. There are two issues, a city planning and traffic management issue, which is a local matter. And the enforcement/public notice issue, which here was a good example of how not to run a city.
I don't hold to the notion that bicycles should be able to lock up anywhere, anymore than cars can. But I don't support solutions until/unless there's a real problem, then I believe that citizens deserve to be treated with respect.