Originally Posted by Industry_Hack
I guess I should have mentioned a shirt as well?
No, sorry about that "unpleasant image" snipe. I was just reacting, overreacting to the idea of bringing one's bike into stores on a regular basis, other than a bike shop. I have brought my bike into stores a few times when I forgot my lock, but I think if one uses his or her bicycle to run errands with any frequency, (s)he should have a lock. Then hands are free to push the shopping cart, etc.
A surprisingly large number of people who shop at the grocery store I most often visit arrive on bicycles. Many urban dwellers are discovering the convenience of bicycles. Some use BikeShare bikes, there is a BikeShare station in front of the store, and many ride their own bikes. If all the riders brought their bikes inside, it would be a bit crowded. Fortunately, the merchant has provided bike racks outside. There are usually a couple of Police bikes inside, close to the front door. I think I may have seen a customer's bike in there once, but the custom here is to lock up outside.
There is underground parking which I use when it's raining, but I haven't seen any other bikes down there.