Join Date: Aug 2005
Bikes: one Recumbent and one Utility Bike
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Well I went out to a suburban Mall on Christmas eve to help a friend. I saw no bike racks so I tied up to a tree near the parcel pickup lane. When I returned to my bike there was a security guard there talking on his radio:"Yeah, bring the tools around, I got a bike to cut loose and impound...." The cop said that it is against the law to park a bike at Macy's. He said I should have circled around the mall until I found the bike racks on the other side- the side I didn't intend to visit. When I began to reply "I don't think.." he cut me short with "Yes we confiscate bikes all the time- we'd cut that lock real quick, we got the tools." I meant to say "I don't think its against the law." not "I don't think you can cut my lock.". Actually, the last time I looked there was something in DC (not VA) bike laws about not locking to trees less than a certain diameter so maybe the guard was partially right, there might be a similar law in VA about not locking bikes to trees but it seems strange that there would be a law specifically mentioning Macy's as a place where bike parking is prohibited.