Is no response an answer?

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.
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2 Responses to Is no response an answer?

  1. Tom says:

    You’re comparing apples to oranges. A mobile ashtray is mobile. Bike racks are permanently installed. This often means getting the landlord involved and often the municipality for public safety reasons such as city building codes, ADA compliance, etc. This is a hassle for business owners. You might want to talk to a local bike advocacy group and see if it’s a project they’d be willing to take on.

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    • Rick says:

      Thank you for you comments, Tom, but there are some mobile bike racks too. Also, the local health department, biking groups, and environmental organizations are offering grants.

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