As I was unlocking my bike another cyclist pedaled up and proceeded to lock his bike to a small tree. My bike was “locked” to a big light pole — I have to use an extra long cable with my u-lock. You see this particular store has no bike parking. Zip. Zero. Zilch. Nada.
I’m not sure if this store is in actual Austin city limits (and thus in violation of the requirement to provide a small percentage of bike parking). Perhaps they have the nobody-bikes-to-Lowes-anyway parking exemption. Although I’m having trouble finding that text in the regulations. Perhaps they are just outside the jurisdictional limit and thus thumbing their noses at those subversives in the People’s Republic of Austin. Curious.