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Bicycle Parking Evaluations: Huntington Bank Steps It Up

Park It

Yesterday I pulled up to the Huntington Bank on West Front Street and was pleasantly surprised to find a bike rack. About 3 months ago, at the Munson Ave. branch, I had raised the issue of no bicycle parking to one of the tellers. She was instantly supportive and said she’d look up who is in charge of something like that for Traverse City. Not exactly certain it is connected, but it is still appreciated to see some response on the ground so quickly.

Evaluation: Good

As far as the evaluation, I say 3 points, for a “good” rating is fair considering the cheap, unsecured grill rack (0-pts) and the pronounced location next to the ATM and only a few feet from the entrance (total of 3-pts).

You may notice that The Haul is parked on the outside end of the rack. This is because one consistent problem with grill racks is that many tires don’t actually fit in the slots or in the base area. As well, on thinner wheels it may even bend the rims. In addition, if other bicycles are parked there  it can be a real hassle getting in and out. But, this is certainly a huge improvement from what was here before–nothing.  Say “thank you” if this happens to be your bank.

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  1. Ashlea
    August 25, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Gary, Gary, Gary! Can’t believe you’re not banking at a locally-owned bank like Northwestern Bank. Plus, Northwestern Bank has had bike racks at ALL 27 northern Michigan offices for at least two years now. Some are better-situated than others, but they are there. Time to switch?

  2. August 25, 2011 at 8:42 am

    But they are so über friendly at the Huntington branches…Heard good things about NW as well, but would they recognize my beagle, by name, when I bump into them in the neighborhood?

  3. JohnRobertWilliams
    August 25, 2011 at 9:17 am

    NWBank and their bike parking is The BEST in town! And they are the local caring bank! The staff is better than the excellent bike parking….it’s all a “10” to me! Thanks NWBank!

  4. Ashlea
    August 25, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Sure, of course they would!

  5. Ashlea
    August 25, 2011 at 10:33 am

    I think it’s pretty interesting how some people rate down a comment, but don’t bother to comment themselves… maybe a Huntington employee?😉

    Bliggity blog on!

  6. August 25, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I wonder the same thing at times when fairly benign, even overwhelmingly positive comments get a thumbs down with no explanation. I guess for some it is easier to hate everything without engaging.

  7. Ashlea
    August 25, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Yeah, people talk about wanting real public discourse, but it’s easier to just lurk…

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