Readers of Progressive Blogic may recall, about a month ago I wrote inquiries to several local and national retailers and dining establishments asking if they would consider adding bike parking at their area stores/restaurants. Initially, I received formulated e-mails thanking me for my inquiry from several of them and a very nice personal email from the bookstore.
I realize Rome was not built in a day, but since then absolutely nada, nothing, zippo, zero has happened. I truly understand that a bike rack does cost money, but I also understand that it is a good way to reach more customers. What is a particularly sad commentary is the fact that most, if not all of them have a cigarette disposal receptacle similar to the photo, located near their entrance. Apparently, they prefer to provide a convenience for smokers, but not for cyclists or those working to stay healthy and fit. If so, that is a very sad commentary about their priorities.
As the old adage says, “you’ve got to spend money to make money.” Perhaps the retailers and restaurants I wrote need to be reminded of that now and again.