Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Half-sized at Half Price.
Good: The Half Price Books "mothership" on Northwest Highway installed a bike rack. They did some landscaping (as part of the remodeling of their flagship store and World Headquarters), pushed out a curb, planted ground-cover, improved the handicap-access ramp, and poured a concrete pad for a ribbon-rack.
Bad: The pad is too short, allowing access from only one side (effectively cutting the rack's capacity in half), and forcing bikes using the rack to overhang into the wheelchair ramp (a code violation I am sorry to say).
Ugly: What your bike will look like exposed to the elements because the rack is not in a covered area, even though there is ample covered space next to the building to have placed the rack. A further ugly is me for pointing out the shortcomings of this nice gesture.
I give HPB a solid B+ for the rack, but an incomplete for placement. Kudos, nonetheless. Go buy something from them and share the praise (and nit-picks).
P.S. A better rack for them would have been a securely fastened "hand-rail" along the front wall under the covered walkway marked "bike parking". Bikes parked up against walls leave plenty of clearance for peds and wheelchairs.