So it looks like my last post here was in October of last year. I have a few photos on my phone, I think, but mostly, I haven’t been biking as much. Last October I was away from work most of the month, and didn’t bike much. November – February is always on the slow side for me, but it was compounded by a car crash right before Thanksgiving. (In my truck, not on my bike. Other guy ran a red light.) I didn’t sustain any major injuries, but I spent the winter in a mental fog, along with dealing with shoulder/back pain. It took me a long time to even get up the interest in cycling, let alone mocking bad bicycle parking. Then right about the time where I get to biking all the time, I accepted a new job. First I took a month off; it rained half of that. I think I have some good (?) pics from May that I haven’t uploaded. Then the new job itself is someplace much more strenuous to bike to: 7 miles, VERY hilly. So I just haven’t had as many opportunities to bike. I would like to get back to this, but I don’t know how much it will happen.
Which is also to say: if you notice terrible bicycle parking while you’re out and about, you can post it here! Go to the Contribute page and fill out the form.
This is near PSU, south of downtown. I’m in Portland, OR for a week, and what I’m noticing on this visit is that there’s a lot of bike parking, but very little of it is covered. And in fact there’s quite a bit of fauxverhang as well.
But I just like the way the bike parking is set up at this sweet mid-century modern office, with some outside the locked doors for visitors, and some inside for employees.
I was sort of shocked to discover a spot downtown with no bike racks at all. The nearest spot is across the street and down the block in a park, which was not acceptable. I definitely had to work to make sure I wasn’t blocking the sidewalk for pedestrians, too.
What is it with bad bike parking at bike shops? And what you can’t see is that the rack isn’t even attached to the pavement.
I don’t know if there was bike parking anywhere else, but I did notice this while going in the Red Gate. Given how crazy parking is at the fair…and how nice the weather was…you’d think they’d have had some actual bike parking!
5th ave (?), Seattle (Aug 9)
According to the friend I was with, this is all bike messengers. Wow.
Sleater-Kinney & Pacific, Lacey
This building has three entrances: one with an excellent parking setup, one that’s not so great, and this one.
Yelm & College, Lacey
No cover, and oddly hidden from the front entrance.
Generally, I like the parking here. There’s lots of it, and it’s close to the market. But on this first rainy day of fall, its main failing become apparent. (This is also true when it’s particularly hot out.)
A tweet with photos. That is one beat-up A-frame, and of course no cover. (I don’t think there’s any covered bike parking downtown, except at the library.)