May 2012: UPDATE +my own disclaimer, THIS PARKING IS NOT FOR PUBLIC USE and it appears to be for staff. Please read the comment section (latest feedback) from fellow bicycling citizens pertaining this particular space, so you are not misguided by my 3yr old post
–thanks all! xxomeli
ORIGINAL ENTRY the below texts has remained intact, NOTE THAT this was originally published on April 2010
es the mall. San Francisco Centre between Market and Mission, 4th and Market. Enjoy it while you can because I just never find myself there, except this time I had to exchange an item and thought I might as well make an adventure out of it, of course.
Sometime after the re-opening in 2006 while walking with my mom downtown, she really wanted to sit under the dome of the old emporium, drink our coffee and listen to the pianist [see recent Caliber photo here] which you should maybe do at least once if you haven’t. It is a very beautiful dome. Being the curious being that I am, I asked a staff if they had bike lockers. Whenever possible I always ask, I need to know these things, you know. They are second nature. The nice young man told me to ask at the concierge for a code to the designated space where there are plenty of racks, he said. I was excited and made a mental note, next time I come to the mall *I will remember to do that.*
Fast forward a few years, I found myself having an hour or so to spare. Having the chance to return this item, I thought I would give that unknown locker space a try. I have always found an alternative to parking my bike downtown if I’m not able to see it every 2 minutes. Those damn thieves are pro, we know so.
And so, here is the following report from my mall adventure, enjoy it.
• First stop the concierge. “Hi, I’m here to find out about the bike parking” He was nice, gave me directions to the bike locker and the door code. That was all.
• What is a mall visit if you don’t try on clothes and play with mirrors 😀
This is as close as I will get any pair of jeans, and that my bike and I on the second floor (level?) of the mall. Frenchie field trip.
• This is where you take a left. The lockers are located on the same floor as the food court, so if you are coming into the centre from Bart, it’s past the elevators near the Peet’s and that one market.
•This is the space. I smiled like a leprechaun would if gold was found at the end of a rainbow. Sweet.
When will the next time I will find myself at the mall? I’m not quite sure. The length of my stay this time was less than 45 minutes, but thought I might as well share my very positive bicycle parking experience with you all so if you need to be around the area, you know there are options even in the teen-crowded mall. That’s right.
Frenchie and I continued about our business and the rest of the evening couldn’t have been better for riding. We went past a few more bikes on our way out, and off we went.
The San Francisco Centre offers information on their site about public transportation but there is no mention of assigned bicycle parking. I have come across this information based upon pure personal curiosity and asking within the premises. Unfiltered, this is a personal and non-commercial post. Thanks for reading!