Today, I wanted to post two of my favorite local bike racks.
Their bike parking is not only front and center, it's also visually appealing and attractive. It makes me want to come to these places more often. The racks actually contribute to the overall beautification of the neighborhoods and businesses they embellish. Art and parking in one! I'm sure the people who designed and installed these racks had a fun time doing so. In fact, well-designed bike racks could provide new local jobs. In Cleveland, Metro Metal Works has set up shop at a homeless shelter, employing homeless people and recently released prisoners while giving them a paycheck and skills to improve their current situation, all while also improving safe bike parking.
Keep squeaking bike riders! Make it known that you are shopping by bike and that you need better access to parking. Kath suggested that you ask for help out at grocery stores with poorly designed bike access. If it is a burden on employees, they will be better advocates to facilitate change. Spend your money at places that welcome cyclists and thank them for their support. The more businesses realize that we are beneficial to their bottom line, the quicker we'll get recognized as an important form of transportation.