Bike Parking Hall of Shame: Dominick’s on East Grand Ave.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted an entry for the Bike Parking Hall of Shame, but today we have an all-new entry. I was riding past the Dominick’s store on East Grand and Columbus on the bus, and couldn’t believe that I didn’t see any bike racks. I was back over in that neighborhood earlier this week and stopped to look again. This particular Dominick’s store is located on Columbus/Fairbanks between Illinois and Grand. You can walk just east of Michigan Avenue and head down the stairs to the store (or go back up via escalator), but you won’t find any bike parking on this side of the store.

As evidenced by these bikes that were locked up behind the stairs – about the only spot in the block around the store that a bike could lock up.

I turned and looked down Columbus/Fairbanks and didn’t see any bike racks there either.

Interestingly, the Jewel store up north on Southport has a similar sidewalk set-up with similar planters, and they have bike racks between the planters as you can see in this photo.

But anyway, back to the Dominick’s store on Grand and Columbus. On the Grand Avenue side, where the entrance is, I saw no bike racks either.

It looks like the owner of this bike couldn’t find any decent bike parking either – locking against one of these street signs is always a risky proposition.

Like many other chain grocery stores in Chicago anyway, it seems like bike parking is a store-to-store thing. The Dominick’s in Ukrainian Village has a few bike racks – city installed, but at least they have those.

If you are a Chicago business, especially a grocery store, and you don’t have any bike parking, you should know that you’re most likely breaking the law as the municipal code of Chicago mandates bike parking for almost all retail businesses.Check out the links on my Bike Parking Hall of Shame page – I’ve got information on the city laws, as well as best practices in bike parking. Heck, there are some neighborhood stores with no off-street car parking that have 2 or 3 bike racks out front. If chains like Dominick’s or Jewel want to succeed with their small-store formats, which this store is, they need to be aware of how their customers travel to their stores. You may think no one rides bikes in this part of downtown, but  the bikes that tried to park near this store and the number of cyclists I saw riding down the street on a rainy windy day say otherwise.

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