Ridiculous Bike Parking http://ridiculousbikeparking.com Looking out for absurd bicycle parking Tue, 30 Jul 2013 16:41:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Comic on the topic of bike parking http://ridiculousbikeparking.com/2013/07/30/comic-on-the-topic-of-bike-parking/ http://ridiculousbikeparking.com/2013/07/30/comic-on-the-topic-of-bike-parking/#comments Tue, 30 Jul 2013 16:41:42 +0000 http://ridiculousbikeparking.com/?p=124 Racking Up Points” – illustrations of some of the issues I’ve noted here.

(Am I ever going to revive this blog? Not sure. I probably have a few pics on my phone that I ought to upload.)

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Long time, no parking http://ridiculousbikeparking.com/2012/07/30/long-time-no-parking/ http://ridiculousbikeparking.com/2012/07/30/long-time-no-parking/#comments Mon, 30 Jul 2012 17:18:23 +0000 http://ridiculousbikeparking.com/?p=106 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.

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Interesting spot in Portland http://ridiculousbikeparking.com/2011/10/13/interesting-spot-in-portland/ http://ridiculousbikeparking.com/2011/10/13/interesting-spot-in-portland/#comments Thu, 13 Oct 2011 15:58:17 +0000 http://ridiculousbikeparking.com/?p=101 IMG_20111012_071440 IMG_20111012_071458 IMG_20111012_071505

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.

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Water Street Cafe http://ridiculousbikeparking.com/2011/10/13/water-street-cafe/ http://ridiculousbikeparking.com/2011/10/13/water-street-cafe/#comments Thu, 13 Oct 2011 15:53:18 +0000 http://ridiculousbikeparking.com/?p=98 bike locked to tree outside of Water Street Cafe

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.

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Joy Ride Bikes http://ridiculousbikeparking.com/2011/10/13/joy-ride-bikes/ http://ridiculousbikeparking.com/2011/10/13/joy-ride-bikes/#comments Thu, 13 Oct 2011 15:48:08 +0000 http://ridiculousbikeparking.com/?p=96 Joy Ride Bikes parking lot

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.

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Puyallup Fair http://ridiculousbikeparking.com/2011/09/19/puyallup-fair/ http://ridiculousbikeparking.com/2011/09/19/puyallup-fair/#comments Mon, 19 Sep 2011 22:58:59 +0000 http://ridiculousbikeparking.com/2011/09/19/puyallup-fair/ image

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!

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Bike messenger pileup http://ridiculousbikeparking.com/2011/09/18/bike-messenger-pileup/ http://ridiculousbikeparking.com/2011/09/18/bike-messenger-pileup/#comments Mon, 19 Sep 2011 01:53:14 +0000 http://ridiculousbikeparking.com/2011/09/18/bike-messenger-pileup/ image

5th ave (?), Seattle (Aug 9)

According to the friend I was with, this is all bike messengers. Wow.

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Fred Meyer Lacey http://ridiculousbikeparking.com/2011/09/18/fred-meyer-lacey/ http://ridiculousbikeparking.com/2011/09/18/fred-meyer-lacey/#comments Mon, 19 Sep 2011 01:44:12 +0000 http://ridiculousbikeparking.com/2011/09/18/fred-meyer-lacey/ image

Sleater-Kinney & Pacific, Lacey

This building has three entrances: one with an excellent parking setup, one that’s not so great, and this one.

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Thrive Community Fitness http://ridiculousbikeparking.com/2011/09/18/thrive-community-fitness/ http://ridiculousbikeparking.com/2011/09/18/thrive-community-fitness/#comments Mon, 19 Sep 2011 01:39:59 +0000 http://ridiculousbikeparking.com/2011/09/18/thrive-community-fitness/ image

Yelm & College, Lacey

No cover, and oddly hidden from the front entrance.

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Olympia Farmers Market http://ridiculousbikeparking.com/2011/09/18/olympia-farmers-market/ http://ridiculousbikeparking.com/2011/09/18/olympia-farmers-market/#comments Mon, 19 Sep 2011 01:35:29 +0000 http://ridiculousbikeparking.com/2011/09/18/olympia-farmers-market/ image

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.)

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