Dear Walgreen’s facility manager,
How do I lock a bike to your rack when there’s only 10 inches between the bike rack and the wall?
Your Faithful Customer.
Those are kids bikes with 24 inch diameter wheels, and the riders had to angle their wheels to jam them in far enough to run a lock through their front wheels.
Wave racks like this are sucky anyway, but installing them 10 inches from the wall like this makes them useless unless you lock the bike parallel to the rack. Parking parallel takes away from the number of usable bike spaces here. I’m not sure a bike could even fit on the backside of this rack against the wall.
This is at the Walgreen’s store on Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, California.
Santa Cruz city code specifies bike racks “must not be placed close enough to a wall or other obstruction so as to make use difficult.” I don’t know the history of this code, and it’s possible that this building predates the current code. This pharmacy has a drive through, and Santa Cruz’s restrictive drive-through ordinance goes back about 20 years.