Thanks to the keen eye of reader and friend of the blog Trevor Bond, I now know that the long awaited cycle parking at Tesco in Brownhills has arrived and been installed. Trevor alerted me this afternoon on twitter, so on the way home I popped down for a look.
You’ll remember that I and reader Lee Slater were a bit dismayed that after the Brownhills branch of Tesco got a refresh – AKA the great turd polish – there were was still nowhere for cyclists to lock their steeds.
What I found was like the Curate’s Egg – good in parts.
It’s way better than what we had before – i.e. nothing at all – but there could have been a bit more consideration in the installation. It’s good that the rack is located close to the entrance and not tucked away in a corner, and it’s a heavy stand that’s easy to lock to securely. Shame it’s too close to the edge of the kerb, though, a little more care could have gone into the installation.
On the whole, it’s better than before, but bears all the hallmarks of an afterthought. Cheers to whoever pushed it through – it clearly wasn’t part of the original plan.