Bikes prohibited at Wells Fargo drive-thru downtown
I was at the Elliot Park Wells Fargo (at 8th and Park) today, biking through the drive-through ATM. After I’d completed my deposit, I noticed this sign, already turned around:
So… what the hell?
1. I am aware that many other forms of drive-through businesses, like fast food restaurants, suffer from some misguided notion that cars going 10-20 mph in a guided lane in a parking lot somehow pose unimaginable danger to cyclists, easily capable of going 10-20 mph in a guided lane in a parking lot.
2. Unlike a fast food restaurant or pharmacy, there is no opportunity for enforcement. Like, it’s an ATM. It can’t exactly refuse service to you on the offense that you’re not in a car. So even if such a policy actually did enhance safety (it obviously doesn’t), it can’t really do that if there’s no way to prevent cyclists like me from using the ATM.
3. I’ve been a Norwest/Wells Fargo customer for most of my life, and used countless drive-through ATMs — and quite regularly use one in way more automotive areas than downtown, like 66th and Nicollet or 31st and Blaisdell. I have never had even a “close call” or remote safety discomfort — much less an actual accident. And I’ve never seen a sign prohibiting bicycles.
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