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Old 04-27-09, 10:36 AM   #1
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Walmart employee wanting to commute w/ bike

I work overnights at a WM out of town, currently about a 30 mile round trip. Assuming I don't transfer to a closer location for a shorter commute, I hope to eventually get in good enough shape to be able to ride the bike to work.

Problem is, there's no rack, therefore no secure parking. And if a customer can't bring a bike in, then obviously I'm out of luck as well. Too bad, because I'd sure feel a lot more comfortable keeping my bike (Trek hybrid btw) in the break room! Beside, if gas went back to $4/gallon (I think it will eventually) everyone would ride, and soon we'd run out of room inside!

So......can I ask management if they would be willing to get a bike rack (I think it's a good investment regardless, but then again, you know how management would look at it as an expense). or not?

I simply wouldn't feel comfortable leaving my bike outside, regardless of the situation. But a decent bike rack would go a long way towards peace of mind. That someone left a Mongoose BMX bike by the side door for 4 days and nights unmolested doesn't matter - not my bike, not my problem. My bike, my problem

Anyone have any advice?

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PS: Yes, I'd purchase a beater soon as I could and leave the shiny new bikes at home.
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Old 04-27-09, 10:45 AM   #2
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I'd ask the boss if I could bring it into the back room.

Plus, every store I trade at, always gets asked to provide a bike rack if there isn't one on premise.
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Old 04-27-09, 10:48 AM   #3
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There has to be something else around the store that you can lock your bike to. Ask for the rack, but have an alternate plan mapped out.
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The WalMart in Westbury, NY has a bike rack out front. You could mention that.

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Old 04-27-09, 10:51 AM   #5
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+1 on asking boss if you can park it in the store room. That would be my first choice even if a rack existed especially as you work overnight. If you aren't ready to start commuting now, I'd wait till you are ready (or at least close) before asking. If you ask, they say yes and then you don't ride, it could sour the situation for when you are ready.
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Asking won't hurt anything. I would ask for a bike rack AND permission to bring the bike inside. Even if you can't keep it in the break room, there may be low traffic areas in the stock rooms to store it without arousing suspicion.
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Old 04-27-09, 11:12 AM   #7
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When I go to the WallyWorld here I lock mine to the chain link fence in the garden supply/seasonal area. I've noticed that's the employees have to lock theirs too.
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I commute by bike often to work, at a Walmart in Murphysboro,IL

I was fortunate enough to have a rack at the store, but +1 for the fencing in the garden center.

Also I would ask management about keeping the bike inside. The store isn't terribly busy on overnights, the back room or behind the service desk would be good ideas.

Otherwise it pays to know your management team and personnel. Until I got my Dahon I never had a problem w/ taking my bike inside during a storm.

Now that I have my folder I stick it under a card table in the coat room, never had a complaint.
I would suggest scouting out a good out of the way spot and then asking management, and hopefully there shouldn't be any problems.
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Old 04-27-09, 11:51 AM   #9
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Walmart makes billions and can't spring for a bike rack? Tell the mgr. to over report spoilage/breakage/theft losses for the month and use the money to buy a rack.
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Old 04-27-09, 11:53 AM   #10
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Just park your bike inside next to the new "bikes". Don't forget to put a SOLD tag on it!
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I usually cable my bike to a tree. I do short shops in a fairly safe community.
I have thought of a request for stores like Walmart to build a bike cage.
Shed roof wrapped in chain link. No more bike racks slowing down foot traffic
near the main door etc.etc.
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Old 04-27-09, 12:12 PM   #12
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Tell the mgr. to over report spoilage/breakage/theft losses for the month and use the money to buy a rack.
I think that a number of wal-mart stores have bike racks, though I have no idea of the actual percentage. I bet if the manager wants the store to get one, a bike rack can be purchased without any fraud.
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I'd ask store management "politely" for a bike rack or better yet to bring your bike into the break room. If declined I'd then remind your manager of the corporate Wal-Mart Sustainability program. A manager who doesn't comply or take your request seriously could easily find themselves in hot water if this were to be brought to the attention of upper managment.
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Old 04-27-09, 12:16 PM   #14
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Just park your bike inside next to the new "bikes". Don't forget to put a SOLD tag on it!
my thoughts exactly
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Old 04-27-09, 12:18 PM   #15
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Never hurts to ask about keeping it inside, especially on a late shift.
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Old 04-27-09, 12:24 PM   #16
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Let us know what results you get. Good luck.
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At my local Wally World, I usually see an employee's bike parked in the area with the ginormous rows of shopping carts, just inside the door. Its within plain view of the greeter, so maybe they keep an eye on it. I suppose you could use a cable lock and lock it to 3-4 shopping carts in the back of the row.
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That a customer can't bring in a bike doesn't mean that you can't. Just ask.

If they don't want you to bring a bike inside, they are just as likely to reject a folder as a full-sized bike.
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Too bad your employer doesn't sell any bikes.
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Old 04-27-09, 08:06 PM   #20
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Well, it may come as a suprise but there's not as much room 'in the back' as you might think, and it's CRAMMED full of goods, floor to ceiling. I work front end, not stocking/receiving, but everyone goes in and out the front regardless of who they are.

Thinking of it, IF there was a way I could run a rope or whatnot, I could simply hang my bike up with the others and it would be out of the way, provided someone didn't mistakenly set it out for sale!

I have to admit that commuting to my present store is pretty unlikely given the distance and my conditioning, but a closer store would be a different story. In any event, I'll hold off on asking and look around a little closer at the grounds, etc.

As for a bike rack - how much money we talking about here?

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Never be afraid to ask anyone anything. The more you ask, the more you shall receive. When I can't find a bike rack, I lock my bike up to the outside shopping cart rack. They are stationary and too much traffic for anyone to bother them.
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I would ask and bring up the whole 'green' aspect of it. It seems that Walmart has been pushing that, to the point that they were the primary sponsor of our local Earth Day thing.
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And if a customer can't bring a bike in, then obviously I'm out of luck as well.
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Are you sure about this? I've been to two different Wal-Marts that let me bring my bike into the store while I shopped. One of them asked that I leave it near the front of the store but the other store let me take my bike with me, while I shopped, (the greeter's reasoning: "We sell bikes here. People walk those through the store all the time").
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^^^
It's different from store to store.
The WallyWorld here freaks if you try to bring your bike in even to the shopping cart vestibule.
They act like you walked in with a live bear.
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Thinking of it, IF there was a way I could run a rope or whatnot, I could simply hang my bike up with the others and it would be out of the way, provided someone didn't mistakenly set it out for sale!
Enterprising customer to the Walmarty manager: "Since a new bike is $89, what kind of discount can you give me on this Trek here that has a few scratches?"
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