Saturday, October 13

Moving Up



It wasn't a lot beyond much that I've seen before. A business that didn't consider bikes in any way, shape, or form.

While I remain determined NOT to become a bicycle advocate, I asked if they had plans to put a bike rack in. Hearing nothing encouraging, I'll not be coming here again.
I didn't get the guy's name.

I forgot to mention that the scene immediately outside, shown below, prompted my initial inquiry. Perhaps a customer, perhaps a worker.



10 comments:

John Romeo Alpha said...

Google maps satellite view following that Chance A La Mer NE street down to the water shows a bizarre image (for me anyway) of people parking their vehicles right out on the sand, fairly close to the water. That practice says a lot about a place right there.

Velouria said...

I wonder whether they realise that the bike issue cost them your business. There is a local store that I used to frequent several times a week for years, then stopped because of a bike-related dispute I had with them (long story). Later I bumped into one of the employees in the neighbourhood and he asked why I'd stopped coming. When I told him, he was genuinely amazed, even though I thought it had been fairly obvious. "Oh wow, and we thought you moved away" he said. So clearly my boycott failed to make the intended point...

Justine Valinotti said...

It's one thing when, say, a restaurant or clothing store doesn't allow you to bring a bike inside. It's something else when a bike shop tells you to leave your wheels outside their doors.

Believe it or not, I've encountered such a shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Needless to say, I've never been inside that place.

Steve A said...

JRA - Beaches are highways under Washington law. Also, I'm not doing any boycott or anything - just concluding I'd simply rather patronize places that would like my business.

limom said...

Whether or not a business has a rack or not shouldn't influence my decision to patronize but I have to admit these days that it does.
Even if I drove my car, I'll check to see if there's a rack.
Or not.
I mean I may want to ride there.
Someday.

Steve A said...

Limom makes an important point. The same point as in this post...

Chandra said...

Damn skippy! Like you, I also try only to spend it on businesses that work hard to earn my money.
Peace :)

cafiend said...

One night in 1979 a friend and I rode our bikes into Old Town Alexandria to a place called 219 King Street. We'd been there a couple of times before to have a cognac and coffee and imagine our brilliant futures, so they knew us as quiet people who tipped well. When I asked if we could lean our bikes against the wrought iron fence and have a table overlooking them the maitre d' brought us the chain with which they secure the doors so we could lock the bikes there as well. 219 remained one of my favorite occasional luxuries until I moved out of the area.

Trevor said...

Very few businesses over here bother to install bike racks....

Steve A said...

Cafiend - truly a heartwarming situation. Trevor - not a lot of bike racks in Ocean Shores except at government buildings. I do plan a new strategy when I choose between two banks. Namely which one requires the lesser account opening deposit to install a bike rack? Honey versus vinegar...

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