The Carl’s Jr. at Congress Street and the I-10 frontage road received a visit from a code enforcement officer from the City of Tucson’s Housing and Community Development Department on Friday instructing them to replace their bike parking.
Carl’s Jr. manager, Alejandra Maldonado, said the restaurant’s corporate office instructed them to remove the bike parking to replace it with a Red Box DVD rental system about three months ago.
According to Maldonado, they had not been instructed to install the bike racks in another location on the property and had no plans to do so.
Repeated phone calls to the Carl’s Jr. corporate offices in Phoenix were not returned.
Carlos Portillo from the Housing and Community Development Department said determining whether a business was in violation of the bike parking code wasn’t something he had encountered before.
“This is a new one to me,” he said in response to Tucson Velo’s question about the Carl’s Jr. bike parking.
After researching the development plans, Portillo determined the restaurant is in violation of the land-use code and would be required to return the bike parking they removed.
Tom Thivener, the city’s bike and pedestrian program manager, said it is often complicated to determine whether a business is in compliance because the land-use codes have changed often throughout the years.
For many cyclists, the biggest complaint is businesses that do not have bike parking at all. Thivener said he believed the land-use code has required bicycle parking for about the last 2o years. Buildings built after that 20-year cutoff should likely have bike parking. Businesses built before that period were not required to have bike parking. If cyclists want to see bike parking at those locations they have to lobby the business directly.
Portillo said cyclists could email him with requests to check to see if businesses around Tucson are in violation of the land-use code. Portillo can be reached at CarlosR.Portillo@tucsonaz.gov
Any businesses you think might be in violation?