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Target shopping center bike parking

Friday, July 8th, 2011

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

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Bike parking at Amargosa Commons

Friday, July 8th, 2011

This morning, I rode over to Amargosa Commons to document bike parking.

First, I rode behind the old Circuit City building and found that the gate to the bike path that runs along Amargosa Creek is padlocked.

Amargosa Creek bike path padlocked

Gate padlocked to Amargosa Creek bike path

If this gate and the gate on Ave P-8 were open, cyclists could ride from the Highland High School area to Amargosa Commons and the Target/Best Buy shopping centers across the street without having to venture onto either Rancho Vista Blvd or 10th St West, avoiding high-speed, heavy traffic.

Going back to the front of the shopping center, these two bike racks were located in front of Contempo Nails nail salon.

Nail salon bike parking

Two bike racks at Contempo Nails

At Big Tuna, I encountered Justin Kekauoha parking his bike at this bike rack.

Justin Kekauoha

Justin Kekauoha parked his bike at Big Tuna's bike rack

There was another bike rack placed in an awkward place near TJMaxx.

TJMaxx bike rack

TJ Maxx bike rack

The rest of the main part of the shopping center, including at the center anchor, Trader Joe’s, had no bike parking that I could see. If you find a bike rack there, please take a photo and send it to me.
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Previously unseen bike parking at Vons Rancho Vista

Friday, July 8th, 2011

I rode over to Vons on Tuesday to get some bagels. There was a handicapped sign in front of the cigarette store where I parked my bike. When I looked to the left, I saw this bike rack that I’d never noticed before in front of the Subway.

Wheelbender parking at Subway

Previously unseen bike rack in front of Subway

Unfortunately, it’s a dreaded wheel-bender rack. It would be difficult to figure out a way to secure both wheels and the bike frame to this structure.

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What’s wrong with this bike rack?

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

I rode over to the Vons and Rite-Aid located at 30th St West and Rancho Vista Blvd this morning to get a few items I needed, including the ingredients for making homemade veggie pizza tonight. There is no bike parking at the Vons, but there is a bike rack near the Rite-Aid.

Rite-Aid bike rack

Bike rack at Rite-Aid and Vons

While I appreciate that there is bike parking at all at the shopping center, what is wrong with this bike rack that’s provided?

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

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