I’ve had occasion to cycle up to the Rideau Centre several times in the last two weeks.
I noticed that there is exactly one small bike rack, on the south side, by DND. It’s not attractive for me to use because a)it’s already full, b) it’s on the far south of the street, and the bike lane is in the middle, so I’d have to cross the bus lanes, park, then cross both sets of lanes again. This is long and boring and slightly dangerous.
On the north side, close by the mall: nothing.
And this is on a busy street with bike lane. While there may be some racks at other entrances, the building complex is huge, and I for one don’t want to cycle through Confederation Square and down Rideau Street to find a rack. Unghh unghh. I’ll avoid Rideau Street, thank you very much.
There used to be a rack there, though. A big one. It was there last year at this time; now it’s gone. http://westsideaction.wordpress.com/2011/09/29/safe-parking/
Cyclists do use the heavy iron railings to lock bikes to. But the bars are thick, requiring one to snuggle the bike up very close to the palings or to insert the handle bars right through, in order to use a D-lock.
So I went in search of the customer service desk at the Rideau Centre. And I got a very quick and well-rehearsed answer. The apron or bridge deck on the Mackenzie King bridge is City property and it’s up to them to put in a bike rack.
I pointed out to the nice lady that there were a lot of bikes there, which suggests there are cyclist shoppers, and the Rideau Centre management itself might want to see that some racks got installed since they were, you know, $orta like their cu$tomers?
No dice. Just got the “call the city” reply.
So I emailed the cycling folks at City Hall, and got a prompt reply, that they’ll see about getting some of those small metal racks with advertising on them installed there.
I wonder if the Rideau Centre would be so sanguine about having no car parking spaces?