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Park It Here, There, Where-ever…Jimmy John’s Parking Failure

Park It (Where?)


Photo sent in by JB

In the new series on bicycle parking at area businesses, we have the first poor and ugly-a zero on the matrix-ouch. Jimmy John’s at the strip mall on Front St. has absolutely nothing in the way of bicycle parking. There isn’t even a pole near-by, let alone a bicycle rack.

In their defense, the entire strip mall is under the same condition. My guess, to make a change a request to the property owner needs to occur. Anyone know who that might be? The City’s tax parcel map reveals it to be the Shaw Investment Co. and a quick perusal of the web reveals little information.

My suggestion for the owner, as there is little space not devoted to cars here, use a parking spot in front of the Thai Cafe (next door) for  on street/parking lot bike rack. Or, a creative solution might be something less than perfect, but something, like they did at a Jimmy John’s in Grand Rapids shown in the picture to the right.

Again, below is a matrix for evaluating bicycle parking at businesses. Eventually, I’ll create a simple request form for people on bicycles to leave with businesses in need of bicycle parking. For now, we judge. And at Jimmy John’s, park at your own risk…luckily, they serve the fastest sandwich I’ve ever seen.


  1. Greg
    August 11, 2011 at 9:19 am

    And why are businesses required to have a place to park bikes? Usually a nearby tree will work if you are worried about theft. Oh Oh, I disagreed with you, does this mean I get the Dick Trophy? Damn angry people. I did have to agree with your reference to the R-E article yesterday, they are dumbasses, can you believe there is still someone who believes in global warming..

  2. August 11, 2011 at 9:51 am

    That’s a great idea for a future post, thank you for the suggestion. The basics are that providing adequate and comfortable bicycling parking is sound economic practice. It is somewhat similar to sound energy conservation practices that, regardless of someone’s knowledge of the science regarding climate change, can save (or in this case make) an organization, business or local government substantial money.

    Regarding the Dick Trophy: I myself can be guilty of feeling the need to prove a point and thus can come across a bit “dick-ish” myself. However, in the end, it’s not about someone disagreeing with me or not. I invite disagreement; it helps me understand an issue better. Believe it or not, your somewhat grumpy comments over the past year have helped me think about issues from a different perspective. However, there is a big difference between informed criticism and reactionary personal attacks. The humorous graphic from last Friday revealed itself shortly after receiving several of the latter.

    As always, thank you for the comment.

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