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Photo #177419

[Image taken 7.1.22] Spurriergate, York. This freestanding cycle needs no support and perhaps also nothing to lock to in a busy shopping street given its size, weight and distinctiveness. (Other image this cycle: #166520 with an unusual load.) But there were two other flyparked cycles here (see: #177420). Plus we leant our two against a nearby wall and locked them to themselves in the absence of other options. If you are popping into one shop or attending one appointment, parking further away from your destination – assuming you know where there are racks, is unattractive. Further, the racks in York city centre move if there are events on so the rack you are heading for may be somewhere else – with no signage to help you find it. Plus, the racks are in the pedestrian area. Meaning that pushing a cycle in and out for a brief, one-stop visit may not seem a good use of time. And, lastly, cycle-specific luggage can be difficult or unwieldy to carry off the bike. Conclusion: you need short stay racks for all sizes and lengths of cycle on the edges of the shopping area as well as longer stay options within it. Other image today: #177421.

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