Biking to the Grocery Store

A post on Steven Can Plan on grocery store bike racks in Chicago inspired me to write about Carson City. There are eleven stores that I’ll include. I’m listing them by geography, north to south, and at the end I’ll make some recommendations. I’ve also added notes about public transit, the JAC bus system.

For information on other bicycle racks, see the Carson City Bicycle Rack database. For bike route information, see the Carson City Bicycle Route Map online or available at local bike stores, or use the bicycling layer routing function in Google Maps, which is incomplete for Carson City but still useful.

Save Mart Supermarkets North

Save Mart Supermarkets North (3620 N Carson St): RACKS (A) – Two sets of wave bike racks are available near the south door, with a good location and visibility. These thick pipe racks can be a little hard to lock to, but they are better than most. ACCESS – College Parkway has bike lanes to the west and east. Carson St has wide shoulders for biking, however, they are not designated bike lanes and the traffic speed can be uncomfortable for many people. For neighborhoods southwest, the easiest access is to use a pass-through on Wagner St to Oak Ridge Dr. For the east, College is the best place to cross Carson St, though you need to be aware of right turning traffic both westbound and eastbound. Crossing Carson at Nye or Silver Oak is not recommended because there is no signal control at these intersections. TRANSIT – The store is accessible on JAC routes 1 (red) and 2A/2B (green).

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Bicycle Racks in Carson City

One of the things that holds me back from running errands on bicycle, is the uncertainty of secure bicycle parking at the destination. I’ve been to many businesses around town several times, but most of the time I forget to take notice if there is secure bicycle parking.

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Muscle Powered Bike Rack at the Brewery Arts Center

Muscle Powered’s Dan Allison has created a Carson City Bicycle Rack Database to help take the guess work out of bicycle rack availability! I was curious about two locations I like to go, Safeway and Trader Joe’s. I found both easily in the database, with pictures of the rack location. This resource will definitely help me with my goal of using the bicycle more for everyday errands.

The Carson City Bicycle Rack Database can be accessed HERE or just follow the link on the Muscle Powered Resources Page. The database is an ongoing project, so give Dan your feedback when visiting the database.