So to my satisfaction the other day at work I was once again witness to the passion we cyclists have for our delightful mode transport. I turned on my computer to find a string of e-mails in reply to the following message sent from our environmental officer:
‘Cyclists leaving their locks on the stands inside the cycle shed in an attempt to ‘reserve’ their parking space. This is totally unacceptable and not fair on other cyclists…Please remember to remove your locks whenever you remove your bikes….Security will be posting signage in the shed to remind everyone of this, and hopefully we won’t resort to more stringent enforcement measures.’
I don’t know about you but I think it is commonplace that cyclists do this to save them from lugging their heavy locks to and from work everyday, certainly not to reserve a bike space. This e-mail was another ill-informed attack on cyclists, where assumption overtakes reason. But don’t worry my friend! My e-mail inbox grew thick and fast with reply e-mails from fellow cyclists justifying the real reasons why cycle locks are left in bike parks. What started as another negative cycling statement turned into an interesting, logical debate and reminded me that my work has a healthy cycling community.
So rest assured! As with all good debates, a solution was suggested and accepted. Bolts will be installed in the shed for cyclists to store their locks on and signage will be put up to inform people that it’s ok to lock their bikes to stands with locks on. A much nicer message on signs than what was initially planned I think you would agree! And also a lesson learned for the environmental officer to not make uninformed judgements.
My conclusion is don’t underestimate the voice of the cycling community, we are a passionate bunch!