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Target shopping center bike parking

July 8th, 2011 at 13:53

I also rode to the Target/Best Buy/Staples/Barnes & Noble/Sport Chalet shopping center on 10th St West south of Rancho Vista Blvd in Palmdale to investigate bicycle parking.

At first, I could see no bike parking at all in front of Target. I rode around on the 10th St West side and spoke with a security guard, who said that he was a mountain biker, and he’d never seen any bike parking at this Target. After riding around the back of the Target building, I did find what might be bike racks on the side of the building where the garden shop used to be.

Possible bike parking

Is this bike parking?

If this is bike parking, it is too close to the wall and the third rack is blocked by a trash receptacle.

Possible bike racks

These may be bike racks

Here are three more possible bike racks around the corner from the ones pictured above. Again, they are too close to the wall and one is blocked by shopping carts.

Closer to the Target entrance, I found a wave rack with a bike attached to it. The rider probably didn’t know how to use it correctly and parked as if it were a wheel-bender rack. I think it is also positioned too close to the wall on one end. The other problem with this rack’s location is that from the front it is obscured by the rounded projection of the building (on the left in the photo).

Isolated bike parking

Good place to steal a bike

Here’s what it looks like from the front of Target.

Sight of bike parking obscured

Sight of bike parking obscured by building

According to Bicycle Parking Guidelines [PDF] published by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals:

Racks that are far from the entrance, hard to find, or perceived to be vulnerable to vandalism will not be used by most cyclists. . . The rack area should be located along a major building approach line and clearly visible from the approach. . .A rack area should be clearly visible from the entrance it serves.

This rack location fails on each of these points.

Finally, I found another wave rack located between Best Buy and Staples. This rack could probably hold 4 to 6 bikes if it were not placed so close to the wall.

There are no bike racks at Barnes & Noble or Sport Chalet and none of the outlying buildings appear to provide any bike parking, either. If you spot some there, please take a photo and send it to me. Some of these businesses might find they would do well with bike parking, especially the restaurants and cafes.


5 Responses to “Target shopping center bike parking”

  1. Michael Lemos Says:

    Those “bike racks” are there to protect the wall from shopping carts.

  2. Michele Chavez Says:

    Thanks for the information, Mike! I thought if they WERE bike racks, they sure were strange ones.

  3. Steve Herbert Says:

    Target bike racks are a red post with a circle coming out from the post. I’ve seen this model at Targets in Culver City and Indio now. For an example, see:

  4. Steve Herbert Says:

    My point, which I forgot to make is Target has a standard bike rack available to their stores. Go speak with the manager, tell him/her that they have been spotted at other stores and the biking community there would appreciate it he/she would get them ordered for your store.

  5. Michele Says:

    Thanks, Steve! Those are nice.

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