Friday, March 8, 2013

Phoenix's lunching ladies need bike parking

We have been warned!  Really glad the sticker came off easily, BTW!
Bike parking doesn't need to be a difficult thing but sometimes the lack of it in Phoenix, especially when you can't find it plentiful along the light rail route leave a girl feeling quite unloved.  Many, but certainly not all, of the eateries along Central Avenue and in the surrounding neighborhoods in Phoenix's urban core make an effort but sometimes it's nowhere to be found, or just not very good (I'll be critiquing area bike racks and corrals in an upcoming post to illustrate what works and what doesn't).

Angie has her cute little Dahon locked up to a handle in the fence.  Clever!
Angie and I locked up yesterday right outside of Fez, where hooks for bike lockup are built directly into the iron fence that encloses the alfresco dining area.  The bike parking wasn't so great at a nearby office building where she attended a meeting.  With not a bike rack in sight she locked up on the outside of a step rail only to return at the beginning of the lunch hour to find a warning sticker attached to her bike alerting her that she should put her bike in the parking garage.  Great to know but how about a sign?  Or a bike corral?  The Central Avenue sidewalks allow plenty of space for bike parking so why hide it inside the garage that typically houses cars?

Angie and her pal Emily locked up outside of Tuck/Astor House one chilly Sunday morning.
Tuck/Astor House has very clever bike parking on the Oak Street side of their address.  It blends well with the landscaping and compliments the renovated mid-century modern building that houses the restaurant.  Of course, Tuck/Astor House knows their neighbors and we're not only a bunch of foodies but we love biking around too.  They know we're here and they make us feel welcome.  Yes, sometimes the racks of full, but it is the thought that counts.

My usual Starbucks parking space.
I can't complaint too much about my usual parking space at the Starbucks at ASU's downtown campus.  There's a lot of bike parking in front of the building, a very nice apartment building for students, but it's always filled with bikes.  The parking lot across the street has a bike corral that always has space but I prefer to keep my Brommy within sight.
Bike parking in front of the AMC Theater at Arizona Center.  Fans of James Bond ride bikes, too.

Phoenix Spokes People:  The Facebook page is up and running!

Yep!  This is our awesome new logo, courtesy of the fabulous Lisa Parks!
Please visit the Phoenix Spokes People's new Facebook page and "like" us for info about meetings, bike related events, and news about bike advocacy, legislation and efforts to make Phoenix a more bike and people-friendly community.  Our meetings remain the first Sunday of every month and we invite your attendance - even if you just happen to be visiting Phoenix.  As you can see, our promised logo is now official.  Lisa Parks created this and consulted our membership on tweaking it to perfection.  With a great new name (thanks to Bobby Jessy Chacun), a smart new logo, and the growing attendance at our monthly meeting, downtown Phoenix just might have a much needed voice for city cyclists!
Angel's Trumpet's distinctive mural on the side of their building.
And a big thanks to Angel's Trumpet for accommodating our increasing numbers each month. 


Lisa Parks said...

You're too kind! I had fun designing it!

m e l i g r o s a said...

that is wonderful news karen! congrats to all of you that worked on the launch of the spokes people, wish you all great things to com to your community. I liked the page on FB +though I'm in norcal, looking forward to all of your journey +happenings in phoenix :)

Kate Beirne said...

Hi, I have to say a couple of those parking spots don't look that secure to me... an agile thief would lift your lovely Brompton right over that parking meter, same for the short brown posts in the shot above, unless the photo angle deceives.

Lisa Parks said...

We're getting 90 bike racks that fit over the parking meter to create bike parking. And then we're getting about 50 U shaped bike racks. That's a start!

She Rides a Bike said...

You could be right Kate! Maybe I need to rethink that option.

She Rides a Bike said...

Great news Lisa!

phillip wright said...

The city of Phoenix didn't know what they were in for when you moved there!

Cities need to provide for all of its citizens- including cyclists.

jjfantastic said...

The little brown posts are safe, as long as the lock goes through the loop on the side of the post. The parking meter, not so much, unless using a u-lock (or if your abus chain is tight enough) that's too small to fit over the bulbous meter at the top.

Mr. Piano said...

Very interesting.....

Get the little black cover for the Brompton and carry it inside. Terrible Phoenix is so anti green. Does not encourage bikes, no parking.

But then I should talk, Atlanta any not moving is stolen. Hence I spend more time riding the trainer.

Brompton M6R
Madone 6.5

Jim Bangs said...

I am constantly surprised and outraged at the petty nonsense that our police force imposes on the public. really???? Parking tickets for parked and locked up bikes???? I'm sure the robbing of helpless citizens and drug dealing crimes were all cleaned lets catch up those illegal parked bikes!

She Rides a Bike said...

Jim, the sticker was placed by building security not PD. Her bike was locked up on private property not a public area. I lock up all the time on City owned signs downtown and I've never been ticked by them and don't expect to be unless my bike is blocking access or interferring with a designated parking space.

phillip wright said...

what's next? A boot?

DAN said...

It is cool that they are respecting bicycles as vehicle

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