Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Advocacy & Safety
Reload this Page >

McDonalds bike drive-thrus

Advocacy & Safety Cyclists should expect and demand safe accommodation on every public road, just as do all other users. Discuss your bicycle advocacy and safety concerns here.

McDonalds bike drive-thrus

Old 06-20-15, 07:11 AM
  #1  
asmac
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
asmac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Toronto
Posts: 1,261

Bikes: Salsa Vaya

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 172 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
McDonalds bike drive-thrus

Only in a few countries and not permanent but nonetheless...

McDonald's just made a McBike drive-thru for cyclists | Metro News
asmac is offline  
Old 06-20-15, 08:14 AM
  #2  
Drv1913
Lazy vegan bicyclist
 
Drv1913's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Memphis
Posts: 101

Bikes: Huffy Innsbruck (with the decals removed)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Ok, much as I loathe McDonald's, that is pretty cool.
Drv1913 is offline  
Old 06-20-15, 01:55 PM
  #3  
corrado33
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Bozeman
Posts: 4,112

Bikes: 199? Landshark Roadshark, 198? Mondonico Diamond, 1987 Panasonic DX-5000, 1987 Bianchi Limited, Univega... Chrome..., 1989 Schwinn Woodlands, Motobecane USA Record, Raleigh Tokul 2

Mentioned: 24 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1125 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
That's super cool. I hate to admit it, but I often eat fast food, and would absolutely love this.
corrado33 is offline  
Old 06-20-15, 07:08 PM
  #4  
Rollfast
What happened?
 
Rollfast's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Around here somewhere
Posts: 7,523

Bikes: 3 Rollfasts, 3 Schwinns, a Shelby and a Higgins Flightliner in a pear tree!

Mentioned: 46 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1545 Post(s)
Liked 52 Times in 48 Posts
The service is faster inside, sit down and digest your meal.
__________________

Marcia Brady rode a ROLLFAST!
Rollfast is offline  
Old 06-20-15, 08:08 PM
  #5  
daihard 
Just a person on bike
 
daihard's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 1,926

Bikes: Cannondale Synapse Carbon 3

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 26 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Rollfast View Post
The service is faster inside, sit down and digest your meal.
I think McBike is for people who want to take the food home (or somewhere else), sit down and eat.
__________________

The value of your life doesn't change based on the way you travel. - Dawn Schellenberg (SDOT)
daihard is offline  
Old 06-20-15, 08:14 PM
  #6  
New_IA_Rider
Senior Member
 
New_IA_Rider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 65
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I've passed food establishments on a ride when I didn't bring a lock. I'd love to swing though a drive-through, then settle down in a patch of grass further along the trail and have lunch.
New_IA_Rider is offline  
Old 06-20-15, 08:19 PM
  #7  
daihard 
Just a person on bike
 
daihard's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 1,926

Bikes: Cannondale Synapse Carbon 3

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 26 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by New_IA_Rider View Post
I've passed food establishments on a ride when I didn't bring a lock. I'd love to swing though a drive-through, then settle down in a patch of grass further along the trail and have lunch.
I believe that's the idea.
__________________

The value of your life doesn't change based on the way you travel. - Dawn Schellenberg (SDOT)
daihard is offline  
Old 06-20-15, 08:27 PM
  #8  
Redhatter
Senior Member
 
Redhatter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Posts: 352

Bikes: Dahon fold-up, '12 Giant Talon 29 ER 0, '16 Giant Toughroad SLR1.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 13 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Heh, anyone else see the irony in using a healthy mode of transport to pick up "food" from somewhere historically considered highly unhealthy?

(That said, they have picked up their act around here.)
Redhatter is offline  
Old 06-20-15, 08:29 PM
  #9  
daihard 
Just a person on bike
 
daihard's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 1,926

Bikes: Cannondale Synapse Carbon 3

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 26 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Redhatter View Post
Heh, anyone else see the irony in using a healthy mode of transport to pick up "food" from somewhere historically considered highly unhealthy?

(That said, they have picked up their act around here.)
That has crossed my mind, but I just don't know enough about nutrition/health to determine that McDonald's in general provides unhealthy food. Well maybe that's an excuse.
__________________

The value of your life doesn't change based on the way you travel. - Dawn Schellenberg (SDOT)
daihard is offline  
Old 06-20-15, 08:34 PM
  #10  
Redhatter
Senior Member
 
Redhatter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Posts: 352

Bikes: Dahon fold-up, '12 Giant Talon 29 ER 0, '16 Giant Toughroad SLR1.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 13 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by daihard View Post
That has crossed my mind, but I just don't know enough about nutrition/health to determine that McDonald's in general provides unhealthy food. Well maybe that's an excuse.
Well, it used to be that their food was very high in sugar and salt content. I can't stand the smell of the stuff to be honest.

Here in Australia though, they do offer things like salads and wraps, generally healthier cuisine. There's the traditional items there too, so you can give yourself a major NaCl/C₆H₁₂O₆ hit if you want to, at one point, I think even that had managed to get a Heart Foundation tick.

So they're making moves in the right direction if nothing else. I suppose my prejudice is more for old times sake than anything, and I prefer to support the local business rather than the big multinational franchise anyway.
Redhatter is offline  
Old 06-20-15, 08:38 PM
  #11  
daihard 
Just a person on bike
 
daihard's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 1,926

Bikes: Cannondale Synapse Carbon 3

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 26 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Redhatter View Post
Well, it used to be that their food was very high in sugar and salt content. I can't stand the smell of the stuff to be honest.

Here in Australia though, they do offer things like salads and wraps, generally healthier cuisine. There's the traditional items there too, so you can give yourself a major NaCl/C₆H₁₂O₆ hit if you want to, at one point, I think even that had managed to get a Heart Foundation tick.
I agree McDonald's is moving in the right direction. It may be inevitable as more and more people in the western world become nutrition-conscious. I haven't been to McD's for the last few years, though. There are better alternatives.

So they're making moves in the right direction if nothing else. I suppose my prejudice is more for old times sake than anything, and I prefer to support the local business rather than the big multinational franchise anyway.
I'm guilty in that department as I often patronize Starbucks, though technically I could call them local...
__________________

The value of your life doesn't change based on the way you travel. - Dawn Schellenberg (SDOT)
daihard is offline  
Old 06-20-15, 09:55 PM
  #12  
jgadamski
Senior Member
 
jgadamski's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Portland OR
Posts: 220

Bikes: e-bike and a steel framed roadie

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 13 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Forgetting all the McBaggage..it recognizes bicycles as legitimate vehicles.
jgadamski is offline  
Old 06-21-15, 12:05 AM
  #13  
Redhatter
Senior Member
 
Redhatter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Posts: 352

Bikes: Dahon fold-up, '12 Giant Talon 29 ER 0, '16 Giant Toughroad SLR1.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 13 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
This is true.

I wonder if this incident had anything to do with it:

Burger-rage horse dumps on McDonald's: Rider saddled with fat fine ? The Register

Although I still wonder how that horse "rolled up" unless it had skates on. (Now that conjures a picture!)
Redhatter is offline  
Old 06-21-15, 01:53 AM
  #14  
Rollfast
What happened?
 
Rollfast's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Around here somewhere
Posts: 7,523

Bikes: 3 Rollfasts, 3 Schwinns, a Shelby and a Higgins Flightliner in a pear tree!

Mentioned: 46 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1545 Post(s)
Liked 52 Times in 48 Posts
There's a big problem with SPACE that doesn't allow this in most places I know of. Most of the newer stores' drive-thrus have two windows (payment and product delivery) and are right up against the edge of the property, often next to the sidewalk and street. There's nowhere to put a bike lane, the lot is just that small and tight.

Ironically, the Burger King across from one has the room for this. None of the others could accommodate this without major redesigns. US fast food restaurants are built for easy car access and exit to the arterials that take you to the freeway or away from other businesses without some effort...they put you back on the street. And where I live there is a large business zone next to the interstate and the road into Idaho across the river and then into Fruitland and Payette, Idaho and to the interstate and a state highway as well.

Being a chute past local neighboods for the most part, it's really a dodo of a design.
__________________

Marcia Brady rode a ROLLFAST!
Rollfast is offline  
Old 06-21-15, 10:37 AM
  #15  
sam21fire
Flying and Riding
 
sam21fire's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: SoCal
Posts: 325

Bikes: Trek 520

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Sorry but I will (and have) go hungry rather than eat MuckDonalds "food"
sam21fire is offline  
Old 06-21-15, 11:07 AM
  #16  
kickstart
Senior Member
 
kickstart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Kent Wa.
Posts: 5,355

Bikes: 2005 Gazelle Golfo, 1935 Raleigh Sport, 1970 Robin Hood sport, 1974 Schwinn Continental, 1984 Ross MTB/porteur, 2013 Flying Piegon path racer, 2014 Gazelle Toer Populair T8

Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 396 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by jgadamski View Post
Forgetting all the McBaggage..it recognizes bicycles as legitimate vehicles.
That's an interesting perspective,
I wounder what you would make of my LBS not having a bike rack, but the auto parts store that faces them on the opposite end of the parking lot does.
kickstart is offline  
Old 06-21-15, 04:07 PM
  #17  
Rollfast
What happened?
 
Rollfast's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Around here somewhere
Posts: 7,523

Bikes: 3 Rollfasts, 3 Schwinns, a Shelby and a Higgins Flightliner in a pear tree!

Mentioned: 46 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1545 Post(s)
Liked 52 Times in 48 Posts
Since few people at mine park outside and are bringing it in for in/out service or leaving it for longer term repairs, and the location is a former flower shop with a display window and two pillars at the front, plus only a 5' wide sidewalk...it's not really practical, and there is plenty more room in there than the old house he had before.
__________________

Marcia Brady rode a ROLLFAST!
Rollfast is offline  
Old 06-21-15, 04:23 PM
  #18  
prathmann
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Bay Area, Calif.
Posts: 7,252
Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 657 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by Rollfast View Post
There's a big problem with SPACE that doesn't allow this in most places I know of. Most of the newer stores' drive-thrus have two windows (payment and product delivery) and are right up against the edge of the property, often next to the sidewalk and street. There's nowhere to put a bike lane, the lot is just that small and tight.
If there's room for a car to use the drive through then there's plenty of room for a bicyclist to do so. Drive throughs are a single queue, so there's no need for more than a single lane - the only modification that would be needed for some of them is to make the sensor respond to the presence of a bicycle so the order taker can be alerted that there is a customer waiting. Since most traffic light sensors around here detect my bike it shouldn't be hard for the fast food places to make sure theirs are equally sensitive - but I've found that some of them don't and I end up having to ride up to the window and placing my order there which can disrupt their normal way of operating.
prathmann is offline  
Old 06-21-15, 04:39 PM
  #19  
Wanderer
aka Phil Jungels
 
Wanderer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: North Aurora, IL
Posts: 7,989

Bikes: 08 Specialized Crosstrail Sport, 05 Sirrus Comp

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 139 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Redhatter View Post
Well, it used to be that their food was very high in sugar and salt content. I can't stand the smell of the stuff to be honest.

Here in Australia though, they do offer things like salads and wraps, generally healthier cuisine. There's the traditional items there too, so you can give yourself a major NaCl/C₆H₁₂O₆ hit if you want to, at one point, I think even that had managed to get a Heart Foundation tick.

So they're making moves in the right direction if nothing else. I suppose my prejudice is more for old times sake than anything, and I prefer to support the local business rather than the big multinational franchise anyway.
Your local McDonalds, is a local business. Local Franchisee also pays wages to many local people...
Wanderer is offline  
Old 06-21-15, 05:34 PM
  #20  
Redhatter
Senior Member
 
Redhatter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Posts: 352

Bikes: Dahon fold-up, '12 Giant Talon 29 ER 0, '16 Giant Toughroad SLR1.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 13 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
Your local McDonalds, is a local business. Local Franchisee also pays wages to many local people...
Okay, I'll clarify.

I suppose my prejudice is more for old times sake than anything, and I prefer to support the local independent business rather than the big multinational franchise anyway.
Redhatter is offline  
Old 06-21-15, 06:07 PM
  #21  
gecho
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Canada
Posts: 1,250

Bikes: 2009 Trek 520

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 58 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Because McDonalds food tastes better cold. I just don't understand fast food drive-throughs.
gecho is offline  
Old 06-21-15, 11:23 PM
  #22  
gpsblake
Walmart bike rider
 
gpsblake's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 2,014
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 63 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 2 Posts
Nice idea, Denmark is a country that loves it's bicycles, that's for sure. Don't think it would work in the states, in places where it might work like Manhattan, space is such a premium there. But for Denmark, Netherlands, and a few other countries... Good for them. I wouldn't use it but good for them.
gpsblake is offline  
Old 06-22-15, 09:38 AM
  #23  
hotbike
Senior Member
 
hotbike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Long Island, New York
Posts: 3,288

Bikes: a lowrider BMX, a mountain bike, a faired recumbent, and a loaded touring bike

Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 145 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
McDonald's Unveils 'McBike' Bicycle-Friendly Big Mac Packaging - Fortune

I just had the same idea, to post a thread about mickey dees drive thru policy, regarding bicycles...
hotbike is offline  
Old 06-27-15, 01:28 PM
  #24  
mtbikerinpa
Shimano Certified
 
mtbikerinpa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: PA
Posts: 1,840

Bikes: 92 Giant Sedona ATX Custom

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 37 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
In fact I think most US places could operate without a specific change to the facility if they had a change to the operation policy. Wendy's has told me at a couple locations that they are not permitted for safety reasons to serve a non motorist at the drive through even after lobby hours are closed and traffic is minimal. Burger King on the other hand will typically serve almost anyone including horses and bikes. It feels a little odd when doing it, but its really about the person in line not so much the what is in line. As far as the metalic sensor issue, I think a lot around here are video monitored and respond to voice at the mic regardless. Worst case just go up to the window. The idea of a bike being unsafe at a drive through is somewhat silly anyway.
mtbikerinpa is offline  
Old 06-27-15, 03:14 PM
  #25  
biker86
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 36
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
If you're biking, why the hell would you torture your body with food like that? I'd rather go hungry for the rest of the day than eat that garbage.
biker86 is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.