Bike Parking Fridays: Mariano’s Conversion Brings More Bike Racks

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New wavy bike rack to the left of the west side entrance to the Mariano’s grocery store on Chicago Avenue.

If you live in the Chicago area, you are probably aware of the surprising announcement made last October (2013) by Safeway Inc., that they would be closing all 72 of their Dominick’s grocery stores by December 28th 2013.   It was a big deal as stores closed, some with immediate plans to be re-opened by another chain, others to remain in limbo while neighbors looked for shopping alternatives. Here’s a link to the map of the stores and their new ownership status. For bicycle-riding customers at the old Dominick’s store in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood though, this change-of-ownership has translated into more bike racks. This location re-opened in March 2014 as a Mariano’s grocery store, along with greatly increased bike parking.  Back in 2010  I took some photos of the bike parking at the store when it was owned by Dominick’s.  Back then, there were 3 city-installed “U” racks along Chicago avenue, and one more along the west side of the store near the back parking ramp.

My omafiets parked at one of the bike racks along Chicago Avenue in front of the Dominck's grocery store.

My omafiets parked at one of the bike racks along Chicago Avenue in front of the Dominick’s grocery store.

 

Bike rack on the west side of the Dominck's on Chicago avenue... near the back of the parking lot. Looking north towards Chicago Ave.

Bike rack on the west side of the Dominick’s on Chicago avenue… near the back of the parking lot. Looking north towards Chicago Ave.

When the store re-opened under the Mariano’s banner this spring, the main, west-side entrance was sporting two additional bike racks on each side.  And these were not just a couple more U-racks – they were multiple-bike holding wavy-style racks that almost doubled the amount of bike parking available for cyclists.

New bike racks on the right side of the west-side entrance to the Mariano's grocery store in Ukrainian Village.

New bike racks on the right side of the west-side entrance to the Mariano’s grocery store in Ukrainian Village.

I’ve written about other Mariano’s locations in Chicago in my bike parking Fridays posts – most have lots of good bike parking.  I haven’t keep a close eye on all the  old Dominick’s locations as they re-open to see if the new owners are taking the ever-growing cycling population of Chicago into consideration.  Let me know what you see. If you’re interested in other posts about the good and bad of bike parking here in Chicago, check out my Bike Parking Fridays page .  If you’re a business owner and you’re looking for more information about how much and what kind of bike parking you are required to provide for your customers according to the Municipal Code of Chicago, check out the links on that page as well.

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  • http://www.stevevance.net/ Steven Vance

    Unfortunately the city ordinance doesn’t provide any standards for bike parking, nor is anyone at CDOT reviewing the plans, so Mariano’s has installed the bike racks too close to the column, eliminating a bike parking space.

    • http://dingdingletsride.com/ Samantha

      That may be true, but I’m still happy with them, and they add enough more bike spaces to make it worthwhile. Adding bike racks closer to the door, within the ‘cart zone’ makes it much easier to load up a cargo bike. Previously, we had to park around the corner, then go get the cargo bike bring it to the front of the store where the cart stops, in order to load everything up. It wasn’t the end of the world before, when we had to go get the bike and bring it over to the entrance, but it was a pain, and when there were cafe tables there, it was clumsy. This is a much easier and better entrance all-around.

      Now.. do I wish our fair city of Chicago, the ‘bike-friendly’ city had standards on bike racks… yes. Oh yes.