When the word "parking" comes to mind most people likely think about car parking. While thinking in this direction is normal, in some places bike parking is also becoming synonymous with aggravation.
Late last summer I witnessed a local bike shop owner in NYC getting a ticket from a transit cop for taking up a sidewalk bike rack with rental bikes. The logic was that it was a public rack and using it for business purposes was a violation. The cop had no response when the bike shop owner asked why he was not issuing a tickets to all restaurants that lock delivery bikes to public racks - also a nuisance for average people like me looking for bike parking. Also, it seems that more and more places I visit have signs that state "No Bike Parking" because there are either no public racks or the public racks are full and people start locking their bikes to any pole that is available.
NIMBY for those who don't know is an acronym that stands for "Not in My Back Yard." This post is an attempt to get a new acronym out there for those in the bike community - NOMBR, or "Not on my Bike Rack." Maybe someone can come up with a better acronym but what really made me think in this direction are the following two pictures, the first I took in New York and the second I took in Boston.
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Yes, it seems that Segways are infringing upon spaces where bikes might normally be locked. Yes I do know that the NYC picture is not an actual bike rack, but the green poles all over the city are basically De facto bike racks. What next, am I going to see roller blades locked up to the precious few public bike racks that are out there?
Are you annoyed by something that is infringing upon bike culture as you know it? Feel free to comment.