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No Cigar
Thu, 22 May 2014 22:51:17 -0800
As the old saying goes, "The road to hell is paved with good intentions." Or at least the road to heck…as in the photo below, which I snapped a few days ago while walking past a soon-to-open bakery/bistro near the apartment.

I was at first glance pretty happy to see loads of bike parking out of the corner of my eye. Then I looked closer and saw…a modern variation of the old "wheelbender" racks, with which it is difficult if not impossible to use a U-lock.

Bike racks at new bistro

This is in the heart of Los Angeles, and very, very far from Mayberry….

As another old saying goes, one from the days when carnival games on the boardwalk were a big part of life: "Close, but no cigar."

Update, 3/25/2015: This establishment, the La Boulange on the corner of Fourth and La Brea, has redeemed itself with a fine new bike corral:

New and improved bike parking

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