Sell bicycles? – then provide bike racks!

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I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am sick and tired of retailers who sell bicycles, but do not provide bike racks for parking at their stores. While this tends to be a problem with some of the big box retailers like Dick’s Sporting Goods and Toys R Us, I have also seen some independent bicycle shops without any form of bicycle parking – you know who you are. That makes absolutely no sense from a business standpoint, a marketing standpoint, or from a public relations standpoint!

If your bread and butter comes from selling, maintaining, and repairing bicycles and bike accessories, then the very least you could do is provide safe and convenient places for your clientele to park them. Seems like an obvious no-brainer, but apparently it is not. So, to make it clear: IF YOU SELL BICYCLES, PROVIDE BIKE PARKING! Otherwise, bicyclists should patronize competing stores that do.

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5 Responses to Sell bicycles? – then provide bike racks!

  1. basil berchekas jr says:

    Couldn’t agree more! Grocery stores need to as well.


  2. Tim Potter says:

    Amen brother! Preach it! Better yet, how about bike shops also provide an air station and a DIY bike repair station for those times they’re not open? MSU Bikes has both of those outside our Center and they’re heavily used and appreciated (UC Davis and other more progressive universities have many of these DIY stations all over campus [UC Davis has 15 or more now]; we’re hoping to add 2 more this summer):


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