biking to the polls

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StuInMcCandless
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As you go out to vote tomorrow, especially if you go by bike, try to keep track of what polling places could use a few (more) bicycle parking facilities. Use this thread to report what you see.


Swalfoort
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My polling place is a small church a block from my house. No bicycle parking anywhere in sight. There is a railing that leads to the chuch basement (where the polls are actually set up) that could be used for bike parking, but that sidewalk is where the irritating activists stand, and the railing is usually buried under campaign signs. If I cycles over, I’d probably just ask one of them to watch it. I’ve never spent more than five minutes in my polling place when voting. (Have stayed longer for the yummy fund raising dinners, but that happens on another day.)


JZ
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Yeah, no bike parking at my polling place. There are street signs that I could chain to, but the volunteers there are my neighbors; they just watch my bike for me.


dwillen
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My polling place is also in a church basement, nothing to lock to at all. There is a stop sign at one end of the road, but it came right out of the ground when I gave it a tug. I wouldn’t trust the activist people to watch it, even though they always offer.


Steven
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My polling place is the Squirrel Hill apartment building a block east of Biketek and Pittsburgh Pro Bikes (Maxon Towers). It doesn’t have any obvious on-street bike parking, but their FAQ says there’s a bike rack in their secure underground garage for residents. The next block over with all the bike shops has quite a few bike racks, naturally, but cyclists still lock to meters and signs there sometimes.


sloaps
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My Polling place is a Monastery on monastery. No bike rack, but plenty of old iron fencing to hook to.


Mary
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I voted at the Environmental Charter School in Regent Square. No bike racks, but some very nice campaign workers who kept an eye on my bike while I went inside to vote.


Mick
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House on Oakland Square. No bike rack.

There was a fenced in area that voters had to go through to get to the voting place and I let my bike sit in there while I voted.


scott
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Friendship Montessori School. No bike rack. I requested one with the poll workers knowing full well that it would probably change nothing. I now have a good contact at PPS and hopefully he will be able to address this.


jeg
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My polling place was recently featured in the Tag-O-Rama thread! No bike racks, but street signs, railings, and that bollard. Riding a bike there would be gratuitous, though, since I can see it from my apartment window. :)


Pierce
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Morningside, some Senior Center that I didn’t even know existed until I showed up at the poll. Joe Napotoli? Field or something. Not much around, used a stop sign (shook it after Dwillian’s story) and I knocked over a candidate yard sign with my pannier, but fixed it


Marko82
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Lafferty Hill School (well at least it used to be, ‘Burgh thing again). No racks, but the mayor personnaly watched it for me – now that’s service. Mayor Bennet also said I was the second biker there today!


salty
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I didn’t see any racks at Chatham… wow, that almost sounds like a setup for some kind of punchline.

PS: I did miss the right Laughlin Hall (there are two), and found myself almost at 5th before I realized I had to ride back up the hill. I felt extra dumb considering I voted there in the spring.


rsprake
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No racks at the Edgewood Borough building but I just put up my kick stand and locked the rear wheel.


myddrin
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I didn’t see any racks at the Edgewood Middle School, but there was a parking sign…and a very nice person from the Green Party who kept an eye on my bike.


dstbl
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I too voted at the Environmental Charter School in Regent Square. There is a small bike rack(6 bikes?) to the right of the main entrance of the school.

I locked my bike to the fence at the back of the school. My wife brought hers into the downstairs lobby, no problem.

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