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    No Bike Parking

    This sign is right at the Columbia Heights Subway station at a new infill development of classy condos and national chain retailers in the densest neighborhood in the city a great place to live car free. I expected the developers to look around and see that bike racks would be a welcome amenity since there are so many transportational cyclists in the neighborhood. When I saw this sign it reminded me of the newcomers on my block who objected to city provided bike racks on the grounds that bikes parked on the block make the place "look ghetto". I hope this isn't a sign of the future now that city living is becoming hip.
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    You know, street signs disappear all the time...
    "Engineering! It's like math, but louder."

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    Make a few quick stickers on your computer that say 'car'. Go out and do some adbusting.

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    Or get in touch with zoobomb and have them set up a bike pile there.
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    If it's private property as it says, seems there's not a lot that can be done. If it's on city property or a right-of way, different matter. Check the back of the sign and if says that the sign is city/county/state property I would question why public funds are used for a sign on private property.
    Edit: I just noticed you are in D.C. I lived in D.C/ Maryland for several years. Your location explains a lot.
    I got 3 tail lights! You can't see 3 tail lights at night you blind SOB!!!

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    Looking at the picture, I'm wondering if there's been a problem in the past with cyclists locking their bikes to hand rails at the stairs. It may be worth making a few calls and finding out.

    If the problem has been bikes parked where they are in the way, then ask if there is a way to add a bike rack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gwd View Post
    When I saw this sign it reminded me of the newcomers on my block who objected to city provided bike racks on the grounds that bikes parked on the block make the place "look ghetto".
    LOL. Tell that to the Germans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Julioso View Post
    LOL. Tell that to the Germans.
    Mine is the one with the lights on so I could find it. LOL
    I got 3 tail lights! You can't see 3 tail lights at night you blind SOB!!!

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    I'd be tempted to do a park-in. Get 10 friends with bikes with good kryptonite locks, and lock them to something in that area for an hour. Remove. Repeat ad infinitum, at varying times. Maybe they will get the message eventually.
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    But having said that, I always hated DC for bikes. DC drivers just don't seem to see bikes.
    Zero gallons to the mile

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    Start locking and abandoning unicycles and tricycles there.

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    Consider it a good thing. Bike racks next to a subway station get hit hard. I would never park my bike next to a subway or rail station.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
    Start locking and abandoning unicycles and tricycles there.
    Brilliant, I like that.
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    Do you have a desire to park a bike in this location, or are you just offended by a sign someone put up?
    Quote Originally Posted by Newspaperguy View Post
    Looking at the picture, I'm wondering if there's been a problem in the past with cyclists locking their bikes to hand rails at the stairs. It may be worth making a few calls and finding out.
    This looks likely from the picture. College campuses often explain this on the sign or a sticker.

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    That sign post looks like a lovely place to lock a bike.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainCool View Post
    Do you have a desire to park a bike in this location, or are you just offended by a sign someone put up?
    Both. The location needs bike parking. Its just the tone of the sign, if it had said something like, "Use bike the bike racks." I understand that we shouldn't lock up on stairway hand railings for safety reasons. The location of the sign is perfect for a covered bike parking facility.

    I noticed that around our subway stations, Metro has installed "No Bike Parking" signs on many fences. This is new this month. It jarred me to see such a sign on a fence where I had locked up many times- Not a hand rail not a safety problem. Metro has been upgrading the bike racks but there still aren't enough of them and they aren't as conveniently located as some of the fences that now have "No Bike Parking" signs.

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    I'd think the signs at the rail stations would be to help prevent thefts but they should also provide an alternative if they don't want anyone parking there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marrock View Post
    I'd think the signs at the rail stations would be to help prevent thefts but they should also provide an alternative if they don't want anyone parking there.
    That's right. If there was a need for the sign, there's obviously also a need for bike parking. Too bad this observation was TOO obvious for the moron who put up the stupid sign.


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    I wonder if there is bike parking that you have to pay for nearby, and they want to keep you from parking your bike for free in the surrounding area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sestivers View Post
    I wonder if there is bike parking that you have to pay for nearby, and they want to keep you from parking your bike for free in the surrounding area.
    Really? You have paid bike parking there? How much is it and how do they enforce it?

    This would go against the grain for most cyclists I know.


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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
    Start locking and abandoning unicycles and tricycles there.
    And check out wheel sizes. Bicycle's in Little Rock must have at least 16" wheels. Park a few 12" wheeled kiddie bikes in the mix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roody View Post
    Really? You have paid bike parking there? How much is it and how do they enforce it?

    This would go against the grain for most cyclists I know.
    Yes, at the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal, there is covered bike storage which is maintained by a local bike shop. There are signs all over the railings nearby that state that locking bicycles to them is prohibited.

    However, there are a couple free bicycle racks as well.
    Steve

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    I showed the picture of that sign to my better-half, suggesting it would look cool in the living room.

    "Pffft, ."

    An afterthought: If bike parking makes a place "look ghetto," what does car parking make it look like? A parking lot, with or without cars in it, is much more aesthetically assaulting than a bike rack.
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