The secret to grocery shopping by bike (or on foot) is: don’t use a cart.
A cart will tempt you to buy too much, or too many heavy things, and you may find you’ve purchased more than you can transport. Instead, use a hand-carry basket. If you can’t schlep it through the store, it may not fit on your bike, either.
I’m lucky to live about a mile and a half from two grocery stores – Safeway and Main Street Market. That’s a bit far to walk, but the distance makes for a quick bike trip. (If only the streets and railroad crossings to get there were more bike friendly – but that’s another story.)
In terms a bicycle parking, Safeway > Main Street Market.
The bike rack at Main Street Market was, last time I checked, located on an awkward island out in the parking lot.
At Safeway, not only do you get rock star parking right up by the door, but the bike rack is under cover, too.
Copyright 2015 by Katie Bradshaw