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May

Reads:
Dear Bicyclist,
May I kindly request that the next time you park your bike you do it @ a parking meter pole & not in the grass — that I painstakingly cultivate for the beauty of(?) us all.
-Linda

My friend (and The Director of the Palmetto Cycling Coalition here in Columbia) found this note from one of the owners of G-Shop taped to her bike while in Five Points. Rachael’s caption for the photo: This note was left on my bike at lunch today. Linda and I had a very nice conversation after I found the note, and I *politely* explained that I do not like to park on meters because I use a coil lock and my bike can very easily be slipped over. Thats what we call bike advocacy/education in action.
Anyone who occasionally rides a bike around Columbia knows how hard it is to find an actual bike rack (that is properly installed) on which to park your bike safely. Anyone who knows Linda or her husband and their insatiable thirst for “revamping” Five Points, I’m sure is outraged at her ignorance. Seriously, if you don’t provide safe, wide sidewalks with foliage, benches off-set from the walking path, bike lanes separated from parking (unlike the death trap “bike lane” of Harden—being doored or pulled into) with safe bike parking— you will never bring the foot traffic of the Five Points shoppers like you would like to see. I don’t care how many unnecessary fountains you install, it doesn’t make it any safer to cross those streets on foot, or even pleasant enough drive through. And, how many drug stores do we need in a five block radius?

Reads:

Dear Bicyclist,

May I kindly request that the next time you park your bike you do it @ a parking meter pole & not in the grass — that I painstakingly cultivate for the beauty of(?) us all.

-Linda

My friend (and The Director of the Palmetto Cycling Coalition here in Columbia) found this note from one of the owners of G-Shop taped to her bike while in Five Points. Rachael’s caption for the photo: This note was left on my bike at lunch today. Linda and I had a very nice conversation after I found the note, and I *politely* explained that I do not like to park on meters because I use a coil lock and my bike can very easily be slipped over. Thats what we call bike advocacy/education in action.

Anyone who occasionally rides a bike around Columbia knows how hard it is to find an actual bike rack (that is properly installed) on which to park your bike safely. Anyone who knows Linda or her husband and their insatiable thirst for “revamping” Five Points, I’m sure is outraged at her ignorance. Seriously, if you don’t provide safe, wide sidewalks with foliage, benches off-set from the walking path, bike lanes separated from parking (unlike the death trap “bike lane” of Harden—being doored or pulled into) with safe bike parking— you will never bring the foot traffic of the Five Points shoppers like you would like to see. I don’t care how many unnecessary fountains you install, it doesn’t make it any safer to cross those streets on foot, or even pleasant enough drive through. And, how many drug stores do we need in a five block radius?