Street median parking
I need opinions on this parking idea. I'm starting a job at a shopping mall about next week. It's about a 2.5 mile commute. The restaurant I'm working at doesn't have space for me to lock up inside of the location, nor does the mall allow bikes inside of the building either. I will be talking with the mall manager to see if I can store my ride inside of a possible storeroom or area thats off limits to the public during my working hours, but as of now I have to lock up outside at a rack of off site possibly. My job doesn't officially open until the monday but they are having a soft opening this week from wednesday-saturday, which i have a 5 hour shift from 10am-3pm on wednesday and thursday. I don't like the idea of leaving my ride out for 5 hours at a shopping mall bike rack (roudy care free teenagers=risk of vandalism and or theft). The route I have to take is a 3-4 lane (on each side of the median, 8 lanes in total), avenue that runs along the mall and other shopping centers. At entrances where motorists turn left to enter the mall grounds, the median is narrowed and two turning lanes are given for people to line up, and wait for a green turn signal (marked in green). At the particular spot I've noticed, there is also a pole with a no u-turn signal (marked by red arrow).
Does anyone think that that would be a safe spot from thieves for about 5 hours? Given the narrowness of the space and the speed of which the cars go by (over 45 or 50 most of the time), it wouldn't give much space or safety for the thief to work with. There are also no crosswalks to that particular space.
Theres also a similar traffic island opposite that space with two more poles (there is a crosswalk and sidewalk to this space).
Pedestrian traffic on these spots is very low as most people drive there own cars and there aren't many bus stops along the grass/tree side of the street (seperating the landfill from public access), so I feel these two unusual spaces would be pretty prime for parking as no one would think to look there for a bicycle, nor is is inconspicuous for the thief. Does anyone have any opinions on these spots? Many thanks.
Last edited by smokeysurvival; 10-14-13 at 02:20 PM.