As the usage of bicycles for commuting, exercise, and recreational purposes grows, I have been contacting businesses and organizations in the local area that do not have bike parking racks to see if they would consider adding them. Since Greater Lansing contains campuses of several colleges and universities, bike travel is a big deal. Here is brief a summary of my results thus far:
Kohl’s - My initial contact was a year or so ago using a comment card in the store. No luck there. More recently, after navigating their website for longer than it should take to figure out how to contact them, they quickly responded with a sort of corporate “we’ll see.”
Schuler Books – Same previous bad luck with comment cards. Instead, I sent an email to the store manager and got a very pleasant response. The store will be contacting the management company of the shopping center about installing a bike rack near their entrance.
Quality Dairy – If there is any chain of convenience stores that could use bike parking, it is this one – partially because they serve ice cream, so a lot of people bike and walk there for a summer treat. Sent an email through their corporate contact address and have heard nothing ever since. Disappointed, but note entirely surprised.
Rite Aid – Verbal inquiries to the staff received perplexed looks (I was wearing my bike helmet at the time – perhaps they thought I was a space invader) and generally “good luck with that” verbal responses. An email to their corporate office was received, but no written response or action has been indicated or taken.
Maru – Have not heard back to date from this popular sushi restaurant that often has anywhere from two to four bikes tethered by its employees to nearby signs and trees. Seems like a less than subtle hint to add bike parking, but who I am to say? No response to date.
MDOT – Wrote to the regional office of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and suggested they add bike racks at their park and ride carpool lots around the state, as part of a new “Bike and Ride” program. Received a positive response that suggested I involve area bicycling advocacy groups. An email went out last week to them and my fingers are crossed.
Keep tuning in, as I will update this post now and then when I hear more or inquire at other businesses and organizations.
p.s. If you happen to frequent any of these organizations, please ask them to add bike parking. Thanks!
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