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Old 09-23-09, 12:42 AM   #1
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Newly remodeled AM/PM has no bike rack

My not-so-friendly neighborhood AM/PM mini-mart was remodeled earlier this year. They have a parking space reserved for "low-emission vehicles" like hybrids and electric cars, but NO BIKE RACK! This is not exactly a low-crime area, and people need to be able to lock their bikes properly. Oh well, I'll just take my business elsewhere.
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Old 09-23-09, 05:37 AM   #2
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Have you notified the manager of the oversight?
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A bike rack at a gas station? We have areas frequented by quite a few cyclists and I have yet to encounter such a thing.
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What does the sign for the low emissions vehicle space look like? I'd think it appropriate to lock it there.
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My mom was working at the local school, until she got laid off because of the economy/student population. I do believe she had told me the school no longer had a bike rack! I find that hard to believe, yet at the same time not so hard. Kids these days want their parents to drive them so they can txt their friends while listening to their Ipod. Now, I am not going to use my bike for my main mode of transportation, or even a secondary mode. I live 17 miles from work, so that just isnt happening. But I do once in a while run errands on my bike, it would be nice to see bike racks to lock it to.

I say if a place doesnt wanna have a bike rack, that is their choice. But that also means its your choice not to go there anymore

Honestly though, the only places I see bike racks anymore, in good quantity, are near cycling hotspots. Mostly along the Erie Canal trail, the little towns it goes through are pretty cycling friendly
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If it's got space inside, wheel it in and park it by the automotive stuff while you get your snack.
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My mom wNow, I am not going to use my bike for my main mode of transportation, or even a secondary mode. I live 17 miles from work, so that just isnt happening.
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My mom was working at the local school, until she got laid off because of the economy/student population. I do believe she had told me the school no longer had a bike rack! I find that hard to believe, yet at the same time not so hard.

The school district my kids go to has no bike racks at any of the schools. In fact there are signs that list what is prohibited on school district property. Bikes are on the prohibited list. I noticed this last night as I was unloading my bike from the minivan to take a ride while the kids had soccer practice at the school field.

I'm not sure I woud let my kids ride alone to school - yet - but I would ride them in sometimes and my wife could ride down and ride back with them at dismissal (she works from home office). It's only a 2.5 mile ride each way, and they would love it. Besides that, there are loads of kids within a couple miles of all the schools in this district - and are apparently prohibited from riding their bikes to school. What a shame. I think a note to the superintendent is in order.
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Have you notified the manager of the oversight?
No, because I'm not so sure it's an oversight. DataJunkie said bike racks at gas stations are practically non-existent, so that could be why there isn't a rack.
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What does the sign for the low emissions vehicle space look like? I'd think it appropriate to lock it there.
It is on the window just to the right of the entrance. I did lock my grocery-getter there (adult trike).

To those who mentioned that there are no bike racks at schools, that's sad! My bike has ALWAYS been my escape from reality and my main form of exercise, so anybody that tried to tell me I couldn't ride it would have been ignored. I would just lock the bike a block away and walk the rest of the way.
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What does the sign for the low emissions vehicle space look like? I'd think it appropriate to lock it there.
That was my thought from the thread preview.

Most corner stores in rough areas have sliding bar/gates that get closed at night to prevent burglary... I'll lock to those during the day.

As for bikes at school. I MUCH prefered riding to school. I rode my bike from 3rd grade on.
My Elementary and Jr High schools both had rules against riding ON campus. You had to walk your bike.
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Most national/local chain business will install a bike rack if customers request one. I still see bike racks at the local schools and even expanded, esp in these economic times. Not sure about mini-marts/gas stations where space is at a premium and is more geared towards walk-up and auto traffic.
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