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Old 07-27-10, 08:44 AM   #76
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I bike up to the drive-through ATM all the time. My closest bank branch office doesn't have a walk-up ATM.

I don't use fast food drive thrus on the bike because I'd rather walk in. One exception, when I didn't have my lock with me after a long road ride, resulted in the drive-through window operator saying "We don't serve bikes." I said, "The bike isn't hungry." She scowled at me but took my order. I think she realized that I stank, and so keeping me outside was a service to her other customers.
That's just awesome! Everybody in the office is wondering what I'm laughing at!
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Old 07-27-10, 09:03 AM   #77
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+13, or whatever we're up to. Regularly. No problems.
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Old 07-27-10, 09:35 AM   #78
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I did it a few weeks ago. No problems. No one seem to think anything of it as if everything were normal.
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Old 07-30-10, 05:37 AM   #79
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I am so trying that one one day.


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Motorist behind me at the drive up ATM on a Sunday when the inside of the bank was closed: "Hey! you can't take a bike through the drive through."
My response: "In that case, may I borrow your car?"
Motorist had no response to that one. I guess he didn't want to lend me his car. I finished my transaction and cycled off.
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Old 07-30-10, 05:47 AM   #80
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ROTFL.. haha.. some interesting comments here. Tho I probably would beat my bf if he used that line tho pending my mood I may let it slide and play along if I was there for speedy service. I may try the drive thru thing some time tho I don't really ride that late at night when only the 24hr drive thrus are open. Not really too comfie with that being single female out at night and no one else around then to want to go at such hours.

A little different for you guys out there on the security thing.

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The only time I've come close to being refused service at a drive through was at a 24 hr Burger King after the lobby area was closed... After the manager told me that I would NOT get service there I said "Look, my wife is PMS'ing and wants a chocolate shake. You want me to send HER down here to get it?" I got the chocolate shake post-haste.

I've used the drive up ATM at various banks numerous times on foot and on bike (most recently just last night) and never had anyone say anything about it.
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My question is what if they DO call the cops on you and the cops come out and write a report up on you and you get some hassle about checking your ID and such and the business citing some policy and such?



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I get in the line of cars to use drive up ATMs on my bike all the time. Who cares what drivers think? It does not matter. It's not important.
Who cares what the bank thinks about it? If some idiot is going to come out of the bank to tell me I can't use the ATM on my bike I'm certainly not going to listen to him and change anything I do. I'll keep going to them anyway. There's nothing they can do to stop me except call the police. Drivers and business owners think all kinds of stupid things about bikes. Don't worry about it.
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My question is what if they DO call the cops on you and the cops come out and write a report up on you and you get some hassle...
Move your money to a different bank.

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Was hoping I can see more people in Canada give feedback on thier drive thru experience. Better yet in Ontario. We only have a few banks here but I know what you mean by going to another branch. IIRC our banking system is different then the USA where they can have a ton of private banks.
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Old 07-30-10, 09:09 AM   #84
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My question is what if they DO call the cops on you and the cops come out and write a report up on you and you get some hassle about checking your ID and such and the business citing some policy and such?
What problem do you see?

1) I finish my transaction at a comfortable pace and leave. Imagine you are a police dispatcher and some one calls from the bank saying.......OMG there is a bicycle at the ATM! Help! Imagine you get a call when in your car to report to the bank for "a bicycle at the ATM" Do you rush to get there? When I am done I ride away. Will they chase me and pull me over? The cops I know will do it if they have to, and they will be polite and respectful to the bank people, but inside they will be laughing at the bank people, it's absurd. Even the cops that are not cyclists will be laughing, most of them do bike patrols once in a while.
Worst case scenario, they tell me I can't do it again. (Again they need to rush to find me)..I say OK I won't do it. They don't want to give me a ticket for that. They ask for my liscence, I give it to them, so what? I'm not going to argue with a cop. What if they have something important to do, will they come talk to me??
If that happens, the next day I will call my friend for 40 years that is a weekly cycling buddy and an excellent lawyer, and see if we can give the bank a hard time. He would love to do that, then we can share the story at the Wednesday night ride !! If they give me a traffic citation while I am on private property, some judge is going to have a good laugh about that. Again, I'm not going to argue with a police officer. I'll do what ever they tell me to.

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Old 07-30-10, 09:25 AM   #85
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I would think a local city cop would be cool about handling the situation if one ever does get call for something like that. However, the security patrol for the bank might be more of a concern as they have a tendancy to be more demanding and jumpy.
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Old 07-30-10, 09:28 AM   #86
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Earlier this week I went through the pharmacy drive up window on my bike. Lots of cars in the parking lot, and nobody at the window so I figured what the heck. I pulled up to the window and the employee was staring at computer and not really paying attention. She about jumped out of her skin when she realized I was standing there.

Worked fine though. Actually quite a bit easier than in a car because I drive a small Corolla and the drive up window is clearly meant for big honkin' SUVs so I'm always having to reach way up to pass my credit card to the employee. My trekking bars are also a pretty good clipboard holder for signing the forms.
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Old 07-30-10, 10:52 AM   #87
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Never biked up to one, but I've walked up to several. Feels funny the first time, then you don't worry about it anymore. Nobody else cares -- it won't take you any longer to use the ATM on your bike that it would in a car, so no problem. You might even be faster than a car, especially a car that's not quite aligned just right and can't reach the buttons.
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M About 2 months passed between my encounter and the policy change for all branches of First Security.
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I see no problem with using drive-up ATMs on a bicycle. I've been hesitant to use fast-food drive-through service, though, for the following reason.

I have an acquaintance who is a transportation engineer. He told me that traffic lights are signaled that a motorist is there by a magnetic sensor, and that if there isn't enough magnetic metal close enough to the ground, that the sensor won't sense the vehicle, and so bicycles and very high-lifted trucks often don't kick those off.

I don't know whether fast-food sensors work the same way, or by weight, or by an optical sensor, but I've always feared that I might ride up, the sensor doesn't catch it, and I just sit there waiting for someone to take my order when it's never going to happen, while cars are waiting behind me and getting irritated.

Do any of you have knowledge about these sensors, or experience using fast-food drive-through service at various restaurants?
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I think that I'd feel a little stupid ordering fast food on a bike, what with the whole juxtaposition of a healthy lifestyle cycling and eating fast food (not that I don't do both, just that I'd feel silly being obvious about it), but I go to the ATM on my bike almost every time I visit an ATM. One day I was like 6th in line (with my son on his bike next to me), and we had some nice conversations with people in the cars around who wished they were outside enjoying the sunny day instead of sitting in their car waiting in line. win
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I don't know whether fast-food sensors work the same way, or by weight, or by an optical sensor, but I've always feared that I might ride up, the sensor doesn't catch it, and I just sit there waiting for someone to take my order when it's never going to happen, while cars are waiting behind me and getting irritated.

Do any of you have knowledge about these sensors, or experience using fast-food drive-through service at various restaurants?
I worked at KFC when I was in high school... small town, nothing to do. One of the main hangouts was the parking lot between us and the McDonald's. Pretty regularly one of the loosers hanging out would push a shopping cart in front of our drive up, triggering the detector and one of us would have to go out and remove it.
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I do drive ups all the time. Bank, drugstore mostly. Never had anyone in a car or the venue say a word.
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Old 07-31-10, 08:28 AM   #93
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I would think a local city cop would be cool about handling the situation if one ever does get call for something like that. However, the security patrol for the bank might be more of a concern as they have a tendancy to be more demanding and jumpy.
I live in the suburbs in New England, there are no security patrols at any bank. Maybe that's why they get robbed periodically. Are they going to point a gun at me for being on a bike? Are they going to tackle me if I try and finish my transaction? If they are going to attack me, I say OK I'll stop threatening the bank with my bike. If they touch me I call the police. I'm not going to argue with someone very upset and armed with a gun. I'll stop and leave if they ask.
One point I want to make is that it is easier to do something first and apologize after, than it is to ask first. If you ask they can say no. Most people don't want any confrontation over something not very important. If they see you do it with no problem they might decide to do nothing, or even think it is OK. If they get upset there is no downside for me, I just say OK and leave. If you ask first and they say no, then you have no one except yourself to blame. You set yourself up for easy failure.

I can out run a Segway on my bike anyway! (movie-Paul Blart, mall cop)
BTW there is a Segway around here. I did outrun it on my racing bike.
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