More bike racks needed at Uptown

There is an extreme shortage of bike racks at Wal-Mart at Uptown Centre.

There is an extreme shortage of bike racks at Wal-Mart at Uptown Centre.

When Wal-Mart first opened, there were two racks available and even that was inadequate. They were always full (morning, afternoon, evening, night).

For several months now there has only been one, which of course is always jammed.

This rack is against a wall, meaning only one side can be used and a maximum of five crammed bikes can be locked plus taking the chance that their bike will probably be scratched when others remove  theirs.

I’ve seen bikes locked on the railing (on the steps) of the stairs leading to the area above Wal-Mart, locked to benches, locked two together against the wall (but not secured to a rack).

I’ve written Uptown management twice about this concern and have not had any response at all.

I know I’m not the only cyclist with this gripe and yes, it’s frustrating for cyclists who frequent stores and spend their money that they are unable to simply lock their (sometime very expensive) bikes to a secure bike rack while shopping.

Lorraine Ridout

Saanich