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Old 07-15-14, 12:08 AM   #1
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Your Favorite Bike Parking

This is undoubtedly familiar to all of us who ride for transportation...you ride your bike to your destination, now where do you park it? It was interesting to see the different streets people ride on in various areas, so let's see pictures of your favorite bike parking! I'm thinking of public facilities; if you park your bike in your office at work, that wouldn't count!

Here's the bike rack outside the local Whole Foods (grocery store). It's great, right outside the entrance, located on a wide sidewalk out of reach of cars, and covered by a roof, which I really appreciate when it's raining. There weren't many bikes when I took the pics, but sometimes both racks are nearly full.


Also, notice the cute knitted snake in the close-up! It's part of a public art project around town; lots of utilitarian things sport whimsical "sweaters." There's even a parking meter garden -- a bunch of retired parking meters turned into an art installation, painted with different scenes or with knitted adornments. You can still feed the meters, and the money goes to charity.

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Old 07-15-14, 12:11 AM   #2
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Here's another favorite, the public library downtown. It's also sheltered under a roof right outside the entrance, and comes with a whole swarm of snakes!
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Old 07-15-14, 02:11 AM   #3
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We're not 100% sure if these are bicycle racks, but we suspect so, and that's what they are used for. They are located all over the Salamanca area and various spots around the downtown.




Although we haven't used these yet ourselves, they are an option when we go to Salamanca Market. We've used a bicycle parking area within a nearby parking garage.
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Nothing extremely artistic in the way of bike racks here. But occasionally get very artistic about what I can lock up to... trees, chain link fences, shopping cart racks, light poles... even vertical roof gutter downspouts.
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My two favorite bike parking sports are resturants that allow me to bring my bike inside with no questions asked. It certainly beats having to carry a heavy u-lock. For that favor, they get my money all the time. Thanks Boston Market and Panda Express.



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Every year they have Scrapfest-- a contest where teams of artists are given scrap metal to make a public sculpture. A couple years ago the assignment was to make bike racks. Here are a couple of my favorites:




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The silhouette people and the dino skeleton are awesome!
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This is where we parked in our previous town when we stopped for groceries. This is the front of the grocery store ... on the footpath of the main street in town.



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I don't live in a super bike-heavy town. We're only juuuust now getting a bike culture going... so proper racks are few and far between.

However, I tend to get pretty creative. The grocery store I go into has one of those metal barricades for the carts, and I lock up to that. Anything anchored to the ground, I'll lock to. I don't like locking to trees, but will if I have to. I locked up to a propane tank exchange cage in front of Lowes once... that was fun. Metal anchored benches work well too.

In a non-bike town... you have to be MacGyver with your parking.

Sometimes I like taking my road bike on errands, but when I have to lock up, I remember why I don't do it very often. It makes me nervous having an expensive bike like that unattended, locked or not. Our town still isn't at the point where people respect cyclists yet and don't realize how beneficial to the town we are.

Some of the small restaurants/sandwich shops/delis don't mind if you bring your bike inside. My roommate and I always go out of our way to go into Jersey Mike's after our rides for a small bite because they always let us bring our road bikes in and never mind that I go clomp-clomping around in my cleats.

It'd be nice if we had more bike racks in our town, but for now we're working on teaching drivers about the 3-ft-rule and that we're allowed the full lane and not allowed the sidewalks. Baby steps.
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This is where we parked in our previous town when we stopped for groceries. This is the front of the grocery store ... on the footpath of the main street in town.
Did one of you have to stay outside to guard the bikes, or is bike theft really rare there?
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Did one of you have to stay outside to guard the bikes, or is bike theft really rare there?
I stayed out, but probably didn't have to.

If I did want to go into the store, we just put a lock around them.

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Though I would like to own a U lock I have a cable lock. It can reach around fat things like utility poles and street lights.
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It's winter here now ... someone has dressed them for winter! I went by there yesterday and took some photos ...




These are some others just around the corner ...

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My favorite bike parking spot is in my office or in my van. Second favorite is a shopping cart (Birdy folder...).
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At the grocery store by the office, the bike rack is by the outdoor staff smoking area; or at least there is almost always at least one store employee nearby outside on smoke break. At first I didn't like having to walk through the cloud of smoke, but after forgetting to lock my bike one time, I appreciate having bike parking monitors.
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At the grocery store by the office, the bike rack is by the outdoor staff smoking area; or at least there is almost always at least one store employee nearby outside on smoke break. At first I didn't like having to walk through the cloud of smoke, but after forgetting to lock my bike one time, I appreciate having bike parking monitors.
We have that at my grocery store too and I don't know why it bothers me as much as it does, but it does. I gave up smoking years ago, and even when I was, I was always the first one to say "Oh, I'm sorry I didn't know it was bothering you, I'll move/put it out." To be sure there's somewhere else the employees can go smoke. It subjects everyone to a cloud of Las Vegas casino just to go buy groceries. I complained once to the manager and it did nothing. This is North Carolina where smoking is an eternally given right.

Also, the kids at my store are good kids, but they literally could not care less about someone's bike.

I love locking up to the cart corral, but you're right... it's BS to have to walk through a smoke attack for a convenient lock-up spot.
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We're not 100% sure if these are bicycle racks, but we suspect so, and that's what they are used for. They are located all over the Salamanca area and various spots around the downtown.




Although we haven't used these yet ourselves, they are an option when we go to Salamanca Market. We've used a bicycle parking area within a nearby parking garage.
I was just looking something else up, and yes indeed, these are bicycle racks

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Here's another favorite, the public library downtown. It's also sheltered under a roof right outside the entrance, and comes with a whole swarm of snakes!
I love the public library bike parking here in Lansing too. You have a choice of sun or shade, and it's a great place to strike up conversations with fellow everyday bicyclists of every age and social class. It's a popular place even in midwinter, but sometimes all the spots are taken on a nice summer day.
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Some bicycle parking in Victoria, BC ...




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My bike, which I still use daily, is in the foreground.Heidelberg Hauptbahnhof, probably 1999 or 2000.

Additional parking at this train station.
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New bicycle parking in Cambridge, UK ...

Cambridge station's new CyclePoint will have space for almost 3,000 bikes (video) - Cycling Weekly
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These were up in Tigard, OR

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I'll see if I can add this as well ...hopefully it will be accessible ...

[video]https://www.facebook.com/7NewsPerth/videos/10153452983149072/[/video]


This is a video of the bicycle parking facility one company has established in Perth.

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The manager of a local theater wanted to support our local bike co-op. He would allow free entrance to the twice-monthly "Classics" showings to anyone who rode their bike to the theater. And because there was no bike parking in the strip mall where the theater was located, he let us wheel our bikes right in to the theater. The co-op is gone. The rides have ceased. And, as of December, the movie theater is gone as well. But long after the rides had ended and after I had stopped taking advantage of the "cyclists get in free" policy, I still took advantage of the parking.

Last summer, front left of the screen.



One time one of my tail lights was either left on or came on during the film. Someone grabbed it and stuffed it into one of my bags, then told the manager, so that I wouldn't think it had been stolen. By the time I left, two theater employees and the guy who had moved my light had let me know, not to complain, but just so I didn't think my light was lost. I miss that place.
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I found this slinky rack the other day.



Not the most practical of bike racks, but at least it was cute.
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