Everywhere I went today, the bike racks were full to overflowing!
|Note Paper Bike at the right. I swear I'm not stalking it|
|This rack is OK, but is about 6" too close to the wall for easy locking of front wheel and frame.|
However there are a couple of places that really need to improve their bike parking. When places like Trader Joe's and Whole Foods have absolutely full parking at night in January, you know that when the weather gets good they're going to need more parking. I've asked and asked at the customer service at Trader Joe's and finally wrote the main contact email for the whole company in hopes that they'll do something. It doesn't help that a lot of bike racks, even here where people should know better are "wheelbenders" which are virtually unusable for anyone with a front basket or fenders.
One of the "overflow bikes" (locked to a pole next to the full rack) had a very heavy duty front fork/ handlebar mounted rack, paired with an unusual "basket" It's odd, because that style rack isn't very available here, and most people who search one out would probably look a little further than a milk-crate for their front carrying needs.