Does anyone know of this law and why it might exist?
UPDATE - 4:20 pm: Jason, the user in question on Consider Biking, gave everyone an update here. PLEASE read the comments for the full story! Jason's doing a great job of updating us on this situation.:
James, an update that I posted over at considerbiking.org as well:A much better response, but disturbing from the angle that the company may be trying to push this off on the city!
Update No. 2
Greg Jones, Code Enforcement Supervisor from the City of Dublin called me back. He stated that there was nothing in the city ordinances prohibiting businesses from installing bike racks. Greg went on to say that the Planning Committee is very proud of the bike path network in Dublin and actually encourages businesses to install bike racks. Greg also mentioned that he and a few other city employees were going back through all of the text in the articles to see if something may have been misconstrued in them. He said that someone else had called in about the same issue at the Hard Rd Kroger. Greg offered for me to give his number to Kroger to discuss this further with him.
The light bulb started to come on at this point. I called Kroger back and asked to speak with Betty the manager as that was how she was presented to me the last time we spoke. I reminded her of our last conversation and she said the no bike racks came straight from her manager. I apologized to Betty and told her that I was led to believe she was the manager. Betty said, "Oh Heavens no. When you asked the lady that answered the phone to speak to a manager, she just put me on."
At this point I asked who the manager was, and it is Michael King. I spoke with Michael and outlined the situation to him. Michael stated that Kroger Corporate told them the City prohibited bike racks. (The light bulb is at full power now) I asked him if the City prohibited it or Kroger Corporate. Michael reiterated that this was a pass through from Kroger Corporate as to Dublin Regs. I asked Michael in the interim prior to racks being installed what his suggestion would be for cyclists to properly secure their bikes at his location. Michael stated for us to bring our bikes into either the inside cart corral, or secure them in the entry breezeway.
Ok, so Kudos to the City of Dublin and Greg Jones and also to Michael King at Kroger Bridge Street. The jury is still out on Kroger Corporate and "manager" Betty.