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Irritation--no bike racks. . .

Old 11-15-04, 05:10 PM
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Irritation--no bike racks. . .

So we have a beautiful, up-scale "mall" that just opened off Foothill Blvd. and the I-15 Freeway in wonderful Rancho Cucamonga. The stores are of various heights, and even have old "faded" signs on them as an older part of a city might. It is designed to look like an older, re-habbed "downtown" and is destined (or at least the city sez it is to be so destined) to be our Civic and "Cultural" center.

It is compact, traffic is slow and made for easy walking, and the whole place is not complete--yet. Aside from the fact that it will be hotter than hell during the summer and is situated in a major wind-tunnel for the infamous Santa Ana winds during the winter, this looks like it might grow up to be a pretty nice place. Almost a good cycling destination, if ya like to shop, check stuff out and get a meal, snack or coffee. Not really a good cycling destination because there is no where to chain your bike, unless you want it to be pretty much in the way of everybody else. I chained mine this morning to a pole outside of a Starbuck's, and tried to keep the bike from tripping anyone. I had cruised all the streets that were open, looking for somewhere to park my bike, but didn't find anthing.

It was pretty nice to ride down the middle of streets, easily able to match traffic speed though. The streets are narrow, with alot of pedestrian crossings and this seems to be keeping the traffic speed down.

Oh, and I couldn't find a newspaper for the life of me either. I guessed they missed the bet by ONLY putting stores in down there. I think they would've been better off to have put lofts, apartments and offices above the stores, to encourage more life in the area, real "city" life.

Jeeze, nowhere to park a bike and nowhere to buy a paper. I gotta write someone at City Hall and b!tch. Wait, hubby knows the city planner--do a think a letter of suggestion to him might help?

One last gripe--the street trees are all sycamores, which do go bare in winter around here and so try to turn yellow (who-hoo!--fall color!), but are mostly brown in the fall from a disease they always have that causes this. The bark is pretty though. . .
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Old 11-15-04, 06:06 PM
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Hey, this is a slightly different situation... but I worked in an office building that had no bike rack. I told my boss when we moved into the building, and they put one in about a week later. So hopefully if you bug the mall management, they'll do it.
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Old 11-15-04, 06:17 PM
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Bike racks attract trouble.
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Well, that gives you an excuse to push your muddy, snow-ridden bike through the mall. If they can't provide access for you to be so considerate as to lock your bike up outside, then I guess that's their way of saying you can bring it in, in my eyes.

Either that or find a bench or something in the mall that you can chain your bike to. Sooner or later, they'll get smart and put some bike racks up there.

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Snow? 50mi east of LA?
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Oops, didn't realize the location. Ok, then drag in your mud-packed, dusty bike through the mall instead.

Damn Californians!

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Wow I thought the hills were only in Riverside...
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Many stores and businesses in Atlanta don't have bike racks (or a lamp post for locking my bike) so I take my bike inside. No one has said anything yet. If someone ever says something, I've prepared my "no bike rack speech" which will be followed by my "I guess I'll take my business elsewhere" speech.
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Originally Posted by koffee brown
Oops, didn't realize the location. Ok, then drag in your mud-packed, dusty bike through the mall instead.

Damn Californians!

Koffee
Heh, I just had to go out yesterday--it was gorgeous. Clear, sunny and the temps were somewhere in the sixties, perfect riding weather. It was nice even though I had a head wind to the mall (Mild Santa Anas) and then a head wind riding home (the usual wind from the West/Southwest).


Originally Posted by DieselDan
Bike racks attract trouble.
In this case, as it is a totally artificial townscape, outdoors and designed to get people off the sidewalks and into stores, bike racks might actually be helpful. The sidewalks are pretty narrow to be chaining a bike to a lamp-post on them. I figure it would be good to have my bike out of the way so no one trips or falls on it!


Originally Posted by my58vw
Wow I thought the hills were only in Riverside...
Yep, you've got the hills in Riverside and they run pretty much continuously out to and up by us. I have to climb a pretty big one to get home. Or I should say I don't climb the hill so much as toddle up it, but I do get up it and now I can do it with higher pedal cadence, faster speed(a little) and--most importantly-- without stopping! Whoo-HOO!
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