If this was a competition*, Jewel would win

Redeeming qualities: So close to the store entrance! Tons of room for a good bike rack.

 

Unredeeming qualities: The installed bike rack belongs at a metal recycling plant.

 

*A competition for worst bike rack provider.

  • Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious 5y

    At least they have bike parking (after a fashion). None of the 3 grocery stores in my town have bike racks at all; and this is in bike-crazy Santa Cruz County.
  • Steven Vance 5y

    Right. "It's better than nothing." I hope your kids go to a school that's "better than nothing" :)

    Jewel, and so many other grocery stores, CAN DO BETTER. Jewel spends hundreds of thousands of dollars (if not millions) on their collective parking lots each year. Why can't they spend $2,000 on a useful bike rack.
  • buzios2 5y

    Because they spend money on what on what bring them MORE AND MORE MONEY ... a parking lot brings on the masses .. cars with big trunks which can be filled with lots of Jewel's groceries.
  • Steven Vance 5y

    I agree that parking lots bring the masses. But then that also encourages an expensive way to travel. This particular Jewel has 2,000 people (estimated) living with .5 miles (walking distance when carrying heavy items), and 10,000 people within 4 miles (biking distance).

    There's also a bus that stops 100 feet away.

    It's not always the store's fault that they have so many parking spaces - oftentimes, City zoning laws REQUIRE more than what's really necessary, via a formula that doesn't incorporate context-sensitive variables.

    The store could stop maintaining a section of its parking lot and defer that money to bike parking upgrades.
  • Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious 5y

    @Steven: Regarding parking & zoning - does any municipality around Chitown do any kind of parking cash out or similar program?
  • Steven Vance 5y

    Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious Not that I know of.
  • Adam Herstein 3y

    This Jewel is half a mile from where I live. They have since removed the black gates that prevent shopping carts from leaving the store. There is plenty of room in front for a few bike racks. They have ample parking for cars in their attached garage, so taking away once space on the surface lot is not going to hurt their business.
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