Butler Plaza West, Central and East are on the north side of Archer Road and it is along Archer that most of the eateries front. Behind the eateries is the wide collection of places, but since this tour is about "where can I go to secure my bike?" it'll only touch on those places where racks or flyparking exist. For those who have forgotten, flyparking is defined as "locking cycles to trees or street furniture." Visit the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing to read an extensive discussion about bike security including a discussion of flyparking.
Security along the myriad store fronts in Butler is sadly lacking, but with some marked exceptions. Most racks are out of sight and in low traffic areas and of low quality. Where bikes were included in planning racks are more visible and sturdy.
|At the east
of Butler is Target and it presents an unfortunately typical
out-of-sight-out-of-mind attitude regarding bikes. The racks, while
embedded in concrete and in sufficient numbers, are invisible to the
mass of people using the front door. It appears that the rider of the
Mongoose (the bike on the right) understands the bike's vulnerability
as its seatpost is
removed and both front and rear wheels are secured along with the frame.
racks between Target and Publix. This is the formerly Albertson's
Publix. Its racks, one at each of the two entrances are typical
nonsecured, held-together-by-nuts-and-bolts racks. The racks are
visible to patrons
That's it for Butler Plaza West. If you wanna secure your bike to go into Barnes and Nobles your only option is a sign across the street. Security mostly sucks in the West.
Butler Plaza Central is the most appealing of the three sections of Butler because of its quirky, outdated-but-now-trendy parking and its live oaks. bike parking isn't much better, though.
Best Buy is not quite a Target clone, but close. Probably makes sense to the decision makers to not include bicycles in their planning. After all, how're you gonna take a flatscreen entertainment monster home on a bike?
Elsewhere at Butler Central
Trader Joe's chose a location at Butler that has a bike rack in place nearby. It's right under the tree with the monkeys which makes it one of the more attractive places to secure your bike. Lots of room. Sturdy. Plentry of foot traffic because of Tracer Joe's
After that, well, your SOL until you get to the transition between Butler Plaza Central and the newly renovated The Esplanade at Butler Plaza, a rather grand name for a place which still houses Cici's.
Re-Tech and Hibbett Sporting Goods
|Across from these two businesses is a sturdy rack. It is highly visible, but not near foot traffic.|
The Esplanade will be next. Can you hardly wait?