You'd think that bike racks were for parking in, surely. Well, not in one Vancouver office building.
Molly Millar, fashion editor for Momentum Magazine, put her bike in the new racks at the Vancouver Sun & Province Building, only to return to a ticket from a rather zealous building manager.
When she emailed the building managers, Cadillac Fairview, she was even more surprised to get this response:
Hi Molly, We do like to encourage cycling to work and our tenants to think about being ‘green’ … but we also need to maintain the professional image of the building. We don’t want to encourage all day parking of bikes throughout our plaza, which would deter from this [professional image].
Turns out that those bike racks are only for couriers to use, and have a 15 minute limit. Makes sense, huh?
The company argues that there are other racks available for commuters who ride in on a regular basis, but it's still hard to see how a bike parked in a bike rack could do all that much to affect a company's 'professional image'.
After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.