I took my hybrid bike for the short ride to the grocery store today. The store isn’t very bike-friendly, there are no racks, and very few places to safely lock a bike.
Today, a good portion of the front of the store had Christmas trees for sale, blocking the places I normally lock my bike.
So, I decided to take the bike in the store, and use it as a grocery cart – a grocery cart with brakes. I didn’t ride in the store, just walked along, putting items in my grocery panniers.
I did get quite a few strange looks, but nobody said anything until I was nearly done with my shopping. An employee approached me and let me know that I couldn’t bring my bike in next time. She did say I could park it in the entrance. I did bring up the lack of a bike rack. She was nice about it, so I didn’t give her a hard time.
This was my first time bringing my bike into a retail store (other than bike shops), and I knew this was a possibility. It could have been worse. Security could have made me leave immediately.