Rode my new Trek Allant to the local Kohl’s store this morning. I ended up parking and locking it inside the vestibule, as there are no bike racks and not even any signs near the entrance to park my bike safely. Of course they have cigarette disposal units near each entrance for the unhealthy set, and they kept broadcasting how green and environmentally conscious they are on their intercom system, but not a single bike rack to be found. Only acres of asphalt and concrete.
I have been trying to persuade the store to add bike racks ever since it opened approximately 8-10 years ago. I have spoken to staff, written emails, and left customer comment cards – so far without any success. This despite the documented evidence showing bicycling is good for business.
So here’s my new tactic – broadcasting how much I spent in their store as a bike riding customer in hopes to shame them into action. So Kohl’s – I spent $140.00 at your store this morning – do you think you could afford a bike rack or two now?
Do local ordinances require bike parking at all shopping centers and commercial districts? The City of Alameda does. See the appendices here:
Click to access bikestandardsfinalcompiled.pdf
Yes, but the bike parking code was adopted just after the Kohl’s store was completed.
Yes, but it wasn’t adopted until after the Kohls store was completed.