You may remember the posts about the bicycle parking woes at Trader Joe’s from last month.
The basic gist was the store at Campbell Avenue and Limberlost Road had made it a pain to park bicycles because their pumpkin patch was located in the bicycle parking area. The patch also covered one of the racks the store had added themselves because there wasn’t enough bike parking.
The second rack they covered was a type of rack wasn’t very useful for most modern bikes because it prevented people from locking their frames to it.
After a phone call and a few posts, I’m happy to report the pumpkin patch won’t be coming back next year and the poorly designed rack has been replaced with inverted U racks from a local company.
Before you get the idea that bicyclists wield a lot of power, it turns out the pumpkin patch will be relocating next year in part because it was a pain for bike parking, but primarily because they didn’t sell very many pumpkins with it tucked over in the corner.
The store’s manager said they are going to try to put them along the front of the store.
Our comments, phone calls and emails did get the management to change the rack, however.
If you look closely at the photo, you’ll see the outside two racks are actually part of the original rack that held up vertical slats on the old bike rack.
The store disassembled the rack, but left the two inverted U shaped racks on the end and added two more new inverted U racks.
Now the shopping center has space for 16 bicycles.
Trader Joe’s paid for the racks despite the fact that the shopping complex isn’t owned by them.