Saturday, 12 January 2013

Parking at the Supermarket



Because of the ongoing wet weather and a late start back to work I have not been on a bike until this week. I decided to pump up the Brompton tires to be on the safe side as I couldn’t recall the last time I did this. October? I realised that I had forgotten the tire pressure so it was a guess. I will look it up this weekend and I have two types of tires to consider. Had a speedy trip to Woolwich and parked at the newly opened large supermarket in the centre. I have mixed feelings about the parking spaces for bikes. 1. I am very pleased that there are two large designated areas for cyclists to park. 2. But they are underground in the car park and you have to watch out for drivers looking for spaces. 3. I like the design of the lock frames. 4 Not sure why they also did not put a few upstairs and just outside the front of store for quick trips. 5. They have allowed cyclist to ride right up to the store and there is a cycle paths to assist. Usually you are asked to dismount when there is a large pedestrian area. 6. The supermarket is open 24hr Monday to Saturday so if I feel the need for something in the middle of the night I can cycle down the road. My Brompton was the only bike in the bike park. Not sure if other local cyclists are aware of this new facility.

4 comments:

John Broadway said...

I love the design of the red lock railings and being red, contrast nicely with your black bike.

I have only been shopping once on my Brompton, to a nearby large Asda store which has a designated bike parking and locking area near to the front entrance. I agree, your supermarket needs to install bike parking and locking facilities in front of the store.

When it came to taking my shopping home, I found the C bag a bit difficult to pack my shopping in so am pondering buying the folding basket. I would prefer to cycle the couple of miles to my Asda store as it would be an excuse to go for a ride but with Tesco only a five minute walk away from my home and right where I need it on my commute, it's just too easy to shop there but come the better weather!...if we get such a thing.

Cycling in Heels said...

You're lucky, my local Asda does not have any cycle parking despite the fact I often see bicycles outside. For a 'big shop' I use the Brompton pannier.

John Broadway said...

I will research the Brompton pannier. Brompton and its accessories seem to solve so many problems in life :o)

Thanks

Jean said...

Very cool racks. Wish our stores had something as eye-catching.