Shapiro, who is an avid cyclist and was named a bicycle commuter of the year by the Tucson Bicycle Advisory Committee, incorporated bicycle parking inside his new business.
Sparkroot — which serves coffee, food, beer and wine, has three bike parking slots along one side of the shop.
As cool as it is to actually have a business owner want you to bring your bike inside, the placement makes the parking spots almost unusable.
I used the outermost spot because there were two women sitting in the chairs next to the bike parking. Had I chosen one of the other two, I would have been fumbling around the other customers. The trouble with the right spot is that it forces people coming in the door to walk around the bike.
The idea is great, I just hope they come up with a better spot for it.
Are there any other businesses where cyclists are encouraged to bring their bikes inside?