Ralph’s Thriftway

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4th Ave, Olympia

The otherwise lovely covered parking is ridiculously hard to get to unless you’re riding entirely vehicularly, i.e., through the parking lot. I don’t think I’m alone in approaching via the sidewalk because it doesn’t involve changing lanes across 2 lanes of fast traffic on an uphill one-way street.

Since they moved the carts outside last winter, it’s become increasingly difficult to get to the bike parking. Now it basically requires threading through the plants and whatnot — on foot — and then walking along the fire lane until I get to an opening not even as wide as the bike parking area. (What you can’t see in this picture is the only clear path between a low wall and that rolling shelving at the far left of the photo, just barely wide enough for a person and a bike.

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