The world is full of awful bike racks. They must be designed in the land of no-bikes, because 99% of racks are comically difficult to use for the intended purpose, like a chairs that make you want to stand up. One of my favorite blogs has meticulously cataloged the wondrous variety of inadequecy seen here and there. I, however, recently observed what might be the finest bike rack ever.
This beautiful creation sets the standard by which all racks should be measured. Five simple leaners - well spaced and tall. No oddly placed cross-bars or nasty protruding bolts at all. ANY kind of bike can roll up and lock with ease. The rack isn't crammed in a corner, behind a bush or even close to a dumpster. The picture doesn't show it, but this rack is just outside the front door of the store, next to the flowers. Sweet sweet location. And if that doesn't make you feel all warm an fuzzy, there is a nice little sign celebrating the exclusive bike parking spot. Where, you ask, is this fine rack? It's at the Whole Foods on Beacon St in Newton. Please go there and experience the joy. I did the other day and I'm still grinning like a fool.