Sainsbury's bike parking refusal on 'hygiene' grounds begs question: do customers remove their shoes?

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Cyclists have asked why shoes, buggies and other items that make contact with the ground outside should be allowed into Sainsbury's supermarket stores, after the shop said bikes could not enter based on 'hygiene grounds'.

The problem of where to leave a bike when making quick errands is an issue for many cyclists, who are reluctant to leave bikes locked up outside for fear of bike theft.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.