Archive for May, 2011

Towards a taxonomy of bicycle parking
May 27, 2011

Now that I’ve been doing this for a couple of weeks, I’m starting to get semi-formal criteria for what makes excellent, adequate, and terrible bicycle parking. Capacity: Is there a rack at all? If not, is there a railing or similar ad-hoc option? Are there enough spots for the number of bikes typically parked at […]

Goodwill
May 24, 2011

Where: College St, Lacey WA This one really needs 3 photos…first is the place where I always park when I go to Goodwill, over by the cart corral. Second is the actual bike parking; what you can’t see is that the rack isn’t even secured to the ground, in addition to being out of the […]

Numb3rs
May 22, 2011

As seen on TV, episode from 2008? Bike locked to street sign outside a rehab clinic.

Ralph’s Thriftway
May 21, 2011

4th ave e, olympia Usually this is one of the best places to park, but today was bike to work day, and really nice weather besides, so it was entirely full!

Artisans Group
May 21, 2011

4th ave e, olympia Possibly not fair, since I don’t think they have car parking either, but it is one of those basic problems of parking a bike vs a car.

Starbucks
May 17, 2011

where: starbucks, college st, lacey All the bike parking in this development is ridiculous, honestly. This one is virtually identical to the crowding & faux cover of the teriyaki place, with the added annoyance of the end of my bike running into a rosebush.

Cutters Point
May 17, 2011

Where: Cutter’s Point, Pacific Ave, Lacey This one is so close to being great! Covered, room for multiple bikes, well-secured…but the frame is just a little close to the wall, so it’s tricky to lock up. (Not sure a u-lock would work at all.)

New Teriyaki
May 15, 2011

where: New Teriyaki & Sushi, College St, Lacey Why ridiculous: this is the kind of frame that should have enough room for two bikes but it’s backed against the wall so far that realistically only one will fit. Plus the overhang is vestigal at best.

Albertsons
May 13, 2011

Where: Albertsons on Pacific Ave, Olympia When: September, 2009 Why it’s ridiculous: What is NOT ridiculous about this? Far away from the entrance, loosely secured, terrible approach, no cover.

Safeway
May 13, 2011

Where: College Street in Lacey Why is it ridiculous: Plants! Everywhere! Crowding out the bikes. What you can’t see very well in this picture is the difficulty of actually getting into that spot without having to jump/hoist the bike up a curb.