Suburban Assault

Thanks For Trying, But This Is A Bike Parking Fail

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Thanks For Trying, But - Bike Parking Fail

Believe me, I am completely grateful when anybody puts up racks for bike parking in front of their business. I appreciate it even more when it’s a major chain that happens to be a gasoline station – primarily catering to car drivers.

However, I think that the people who installed these racks must not ride bikes with handlebars.  Sure, with some careful contorting of your bike, these are somewhat functional. I just feel that pulling them away from the wall, even just a few more inches, would have made much more sense.

It’s a start. I guess I shouldn’t complain. Right?

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Written by dickdavid

March 11, 2014 at 5:52 am

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  1. I guess that, to me, the glass is half full. See http://dfwptp.blogspot.com/2011/03/smart-business.html for my own previous post on the exact same topic. I have no difficulty at all locking my bike to these racks, in contrast to their nonexistent cousins at any other gas station chain. I will continue to find something positive to say about those poorly placed racks every single time I go into a QuickTrip. After all, in the land of the blind, a one-eyed man with cataracts is KING.

    Steve A

    March 11, 2014 at 6:40 am

    • You’re right. I guess, any bike infrastructure should be looked at as a positive thing – even if it isn’t done right. The intention, in a lot of cases, should be applauded because it brings cycling awareness.

      dickdavid

      March 11, 2014 at 7:40 am

  2. You want to see a FAIL? Go to most any Starbucks, any gas station other than QuickTrip, ANY Walgreens, or most grocery or hardware stores. One example is the closest thing to a bike rack at the Ocean Shores IGA as shown at

    Are you suggesting other than QuickTrip RULES – at least until someone else gets a clue?

    Steve A

    March 11, 2014 at 8:34 am

    • I guess FAIL was probably the wrong choice in words, when having no bike parking would be more appropriate for that term. Perhaps I should have chosen ‘Nice Try’ for the title.

      dickdavid

      March 11, 2014 at 8:38 am

  3. […] that it looks like San Jose is going to blow a big opportunity to become a more urban place. And Suburban Assault highlights an all-too-common but still unbelievable bike parking […]


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