Bike Parking Fridays: Bike Parking at Urban Target Stores

I’ve written about bike parking at Chicago area Target stores in the past as most of their urban stores have always seems to really make an effort to offer cyclists some real parking options near their entrances.  Sometimes their well-placed parking bollards aren’t marked well for employees or other customers to notice,  and they can get boxed in by shopping carts or garbage cans like at the Elston store  I profiled a couple of years ago  in this post .  Other times they work really well, like at the  Roosevelt/Clark Street store. The bollards in use at this location (sorry, no photos) are well-placed near the pedestrian entrance off the sidewalk on the corner of Clark and Roosevelt, as opposed to in the parking garage which is really only navigable by car – it’s not a pedestrian entrance.

Covered bike parking at the Jackson St. Target store in Chicago.

Covered bike parking at the Jackson St. Target store in Chicago.

Last summer I wrote about the Jackson Street Target store here in Chicago  – a 2-story structure with car and bike parking on the first level, an enclosed entrance with elevators and escalators up to the full store on the second level.  As I said in that post, it’s great, with covered bike parking near the entrance, with great sight-lines to the sidewalk and store entrance, curb cuts for bikes, and no dangerous route across parking-lot traffic to get to the racks or the entrance.  The Target store on Peterson has a similar set up.

Busy bike racks at the Target store on Peterson (west of Damen).

Busy bike racks at the Target store on Peterson (west of Damen).

This past weekend the Ding Ding Let’s Ride family made a run to the newer Target store on Division Street in the Cabrini neighborhood.  This is another store with parking on the first level of of the structure, and the store up on the 2nd level.  Customers can drive, walk, or bike in from the street or sidewalk right to the main entrances.

Bike parking racks at the Cabrini Target store in Chicago.

Bike parking racks at the Cabrini Target store in Chicago.

There are at least two sidewalk accessible entrances to the structure and bike racks, and the bike racks up are near the entrance and one does not have to navigate curbs or traffic to access them.

Looking out towards one of the sidewalk entrances.

Looking out towards one of the sidewalk entrances.

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I can’t claim to have done an exhaustive review of all the Target stores in Chicago though – definitely a few more I need to check out.  What about you – have you biked to some of the other Target locations in Chicago?  Is the bike parking at other stores set up as well as the stores mentioned in this post?

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  • Family Ride

    Help for putting into words what bugs me about our new Seattle Downtown Target! I have friends that use the bike parking in the underground parking garage (which took me several visits to find despite asking employees who didn’t know either!), but I find it claustrophobic and high-thefty-feeling. Now I think it’s the car-only entrance to the parking garage that sets off my bad feelings. I wish they had added new bike parking on the sidewalk by the entrance–there’s one pre-existing rack and I feel safer locking to a tree outside than down below. Love all the pictures!

    • http://dingdingletsride.com/ Samantha

      Glad you found it helpful, and that you enjoyed the photos too. Take a look at this older post about a Trader Joe’s here in Chicago, as it sounds like it has many of the same issues your downtown Target has.. perhaps you may find it useful to help define what you would like to see or not see!

      http://dingdingletsride.com/bike-parking-hall-of-shame-the-clybourn-galleria-trader-joes/

      • http://dingdingletsride.com/ Samantha

        And yes.. installing a bike rack itself doesn’t help if there is no thought about placement. It’s all about educating retainers to be as knowledgeable about bike parking as they are about car parking.