Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Bike Raquiem

The bike rack in the parking lot at the corner of Ann and Pearl Streets was a nice, albeit poorly installed, one. The "Wave" or "u-n" configuration is one of the more useful forms a bike rack can take, and it was even a nice shade of green. The half-assed and ham-fisted manner in which it had been bolted to the ground made it loose and wobbly, but it was large enough that I felt secure leaving the Yuba there for hours. It was also visible from the office of my employer for added peace of mind. Here it is this past autumn with the Yuba and some selfish asshat's obnoxiously-parked BMW:

For the past week or so, the rack was concealed by a giant mound of plowed snow. I locked my bike to a signpost across the street and grumbled at how inconsiderate it was to completely bury the only bike rack in a section of downtown that is disproportionally over-devoted to car parking. As the warmer weather melted the snow, however, it was revealed that the plow-hack had in fact destroyed the rack as well.

The person or persons responsible for plowing this lot should replace this bike rack at once. Failing to notice an 8 foot long bike rack, or any fixture on your customer's property is inexcusably unprofessional and incompetent.

Also, can the BMW drivers please give it a rest and park within the lines? The owner of this X3 is fully deserving of the term Masshole.


Schleppi Longstocking said...

These photos captured so much douchebaggery.

The bike rack at the State Library was also completely covered with snow, because, like, obviously only people with cars need to be able to drive and park. Nobody is going to ride a bike in the winter.

At my job, people whose car tires even touch the lines get parking tickets. If I had it my way, they'd get booted immediately for such bullshit.

Anonymous said...

It's been my experience that cars that are inexpertly parked at inappropriate locations tend to gather more than their fair share of scratches and dings. I can't imagine why that would be so, though.

Billy Hoyle said...

"Masshole" doesn't even mean anything anymore. Massholes will just wear that insult like a badge of honor. "Selfish asshat" though, now that smarts.

Brendan said...

Here are some BMWs that are permitted to park cool: http://www.flickr.com/photos/christiaanconover/2877032685/in/photostream/