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Williams Avenue New Seasons moves staples to improve bike parking

Posted by on August 13th, 2013 at 10:12 am

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Bike staples at the North Williams and Fremont
New Seasons were torn up so they could
be moved further from the wall.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

It’s always nice to see a retailer going the extra mile to improve their bike-friendliness, and for us, it’s even nicer when the business was alerted to the problem by BikePortland commenters.

In this case, the action is coming from grocer New Seasons, which is tearing up and reinstalling a set of bike staples that turned out to be too close to its new building on North Williams.

“Your blog commenters were right on so we asked the architect/builder to review the install of the racks,” New Seasons spokeswoman Elizabeth Nardi wrote in an email Tuesday morning. “The person installing the staples had them too close to the building. They needed to get new hardware, but they will be reinstalled shortly at the correct distance from the building. Pretty incredible your readers were able to spot that mistake from the picture.”

Hopefully the new parking setup won’t encourage bikes to block the public sidewalk, another problem several commenters also pointed out.

Kudos to sharp-eyed commenters who publicly workshopped this problem beneath our posts in March and last week, and to New Seasons for understanding how important bike-friendliness will be to the success of their new location.

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Anne Hawley
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Anne Hawley

One more great reason to shop at New Seasons as much as the budget allows. I love that store.

El Biciclero
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El Biciclero

This is the most frequent mistake when installing any bike rack next to a building. Out in Beaverton, it is rare indeed to see racks that are usable as intended because they are all installed a foot or less from the wall. Such simple things that are overlooked because bike “amenities” are installed as window dressing by folks that haven’t ridden a bike since grade school.

Good for New Seasons for being willing to actually tear out and re-install racks to make them more usable!

mikeybikey
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mikeybikey

I often encounter racks at businesses that are too close to the building, including other New Seasons locations, so it is great that they are fixing the treatment at the N. Williams store. Now, if they really want to wow me they will include a couple of cargobike specific stalls like these in Copenhagen:

http://www.copenhagenize.com/2012/12/cargo-bike-specific-parking.html

David
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David

New Seasons: shut up and take my money!!!

CW
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CW

Have they thought about setting them at an angle? It might be nice…

KYouell
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KYouell

As referenced in the comments on the last article, there are still problems at other New Seasons stores for those of us with larger bikes. This gives me hope that it’s possible that the Hawthorne and Seven Corners stores, which I and my children frequent in our bakfiets, will get some improved parking. The New Seasons store specifically has a scooter regularly parked at the intersection of the 2 rows of staples (must be an employee) so that I can’t back into that spot.

A suggestion: ask for help out to your vehicle. Having such a large bike I often buy a whole cart worth of groceries and get offered help out to my car. Take them up on it, cargo bikers! Let them see that we are using the bike parking and what we have to do. Can’t hurt. Those employees are at staff meetings too, right?

Todd Hudson
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Todd Hudson

I did what now?

BURR
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BURR

Installing bike racks is not rocket science, yet I see racks installed too close to buildings and other obstructions all the time, and it hasn’t really improved much over the past 20 years.

So the question is, when are the architects, engineers and contractors finally going to wake up and smell the coffee?

Allan
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Allan

Maybe they can put them at an angle so that tandems & trailers aren’t sticking as far out into the sidewalk

Tony Pereira
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Good to hear. The racks at the Arbor Lodge New Seasons are too close to the wall too. Would be great if they could move those too.

Scott Mizee
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I’m so glad to see New Seasons taking this step to care for their customers. I did not see the post last week about this, but I also noticed that the racks were installed too closely to the wall.

This is an excellent example for other businesses to follow. Like Tony, I also hope New Seasons will take this opportunity to fix the rack locations at the Arbor Lodge store as well.

Thank you for listening, New Seasons!

(P.S. on a related story, I was pleased to see the row of staple racks on the curb extension outside the entrance to the new City Target.)

wade
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wade

how about one motor vehicle parking space dedicated to cargo bike parking?

PDXSERider
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PDXSERider

Um… what’s New Seasons? Never heard of it. Is that like WinCo? We have WinCo out here in E-Po.

Hey as long as I can take my bike in with me I’m good!

Ted Buehler
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I was Land Use and Transportation Chair of the Boise Neighborhood Association when this project went through the approval process in winter, 2012.

We asked for cargo bike parking and trailer parking. I often shop with a 6′ cargo trailer, I probably showed the trailer to the reps at the meeting (since I usually used it to haul over materials for the meeting). I’m disappointed to see that there’s nothing there.

Other, higher-up New Seasons reps told us (in an NECN LU&T committee meeting) that if there wasn’t enough bike parking that they’d convert some car parking.

We didn’t get this in writing, of course, so who knows what it would take to get them to follow up on it…

Ted Buehler

Ted Buehler
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I’m glad they at least moved them out to the regulation 30″ from the wall. Nice work, BikePortland blog commenters.

New Seasons was once locally owned. All of their stores are in Greater Portland, where there’s a lot of people who shop by bike. They seem to aspire to green business practices. Yet they seem to be consistently slow in the bike parking issue. Based on my discussions with them in the Boise Neighborhood Association, on seeing as their contractor installed the racks in the wrong position at the Williams store, at the skimpy bike parking and incorrectly installed “Wave Racks” at the Arbor Lodge store, and at BURR’s note of removed bike parking at the Seven Corners store.

New Seasons always has comment cards at their customer service desk. They’re easy to fill out. Talking to an employee usually won’t get your comments to the right management ears. Filling out a comment card will.

Ted Buehler

Craig Harlow
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Craig Harlow

…One, for starters :^)

9watts
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9watts

the link you have in the story is not to last week’s article, FWIW.

“Pretty incredible your readers were able to spot that mistake from the picture.”

not so incredible if you think about the fact that a bicycle wheel is <30" and in the photo it was clearly not able to fit ahead of the rack on the side nearest the wall.

Ian
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Ian

CW
Have they thought about setting them at an angle? It might be nice…
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yes 30 – 40 deg should do it

middle of the road guy
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middle of the road guy

Cool….this just means more parking at the Interstate location.

Aaron
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Aaron

I don’t get what the issue is? Your bike has two ends and the rack has two sides. Seems like plenty of options to lock your bike to the rack.

Ethan
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Ethan

This is Portland, the time for designated Family/Cargo Bike parking at key shopping has arrived. From a publicity standpoint, NS is missing an opportunity to lean into Portland’s trends, instead of stopping tantalizingly close. Two families arriving with a Bakfiets or Burley Trailer still take up less space than one shopper in a single-occupancy car . . . it’s time to LEAD. Give a spot or two of prime parking to big bikes; reward the behavior. Or just post a sign that they can use any car spot . . . equality is nice too.

Editz
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Editz

Steve
So little forethought from the engineer
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Didn’t the architects state in the article that the racks were improperly installed, or are they just placating the public?

Robert Burchett
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Robert Burchett

I’ve been getting away with occasional free-locking of cargo bikes for a while in Portland so it seems kind-of-safe to me. Short term only (and I still miss bike parking meters!) On the other hand, I have had bad experiences with parking a cargo bike in a ‘car’ space. Good way to get your bike punted into some shrubbery. Bikes are invisible in car land: A cargo bike is a bike.

Chris Shaffer
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Chris Shaffer

I shopped at New Seasons this morning and noticed they have horizontal staples on the tree line on the street, adjacent to the previously pictured bike parking. See http://gesserit.net/misc/bike.jpg – there’s plenty of space for cargo bikes and long bikes at the horizontal staples.