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    Where the bicycles park

    In China, we have the bicycles "parked" near the entrance to the subway, or at the backyard of an office building, or at the underground of an office building. If we park the bicycles open air, there might be a shelter over the parking lot.

    Althouh I use "parking lot", "park" here, I am not sure whether these words could be used for bicycles. Can I say I parked my bicycle at the underground parking lot?

    Please help and thank you!

    Emily
    Last edited by emily wong; 19-Aug-2007 at 05:48.

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    Re: Where the bicycles park

    This may not apply to your area, but in the US, when we park a bicycle with the intention of leaving it for a while, we usually lock it to a structure called a "bike rack."

    If you're just leaving your bicycle in the underground parking lot without chaining it to anything, I think it is appropriate to say "I parked my bicycle in the underground lot" or "I left my bicycle in the underground lot."


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    Re: Where the bicycles park

    Things are getting simpler. We have the bike racks too! Not all the people chain their bicycles to the lock rack. They may just use the lock attached to the bicycle. In this case, how should I say? Could "parking lot" refer to a "bicycle parking lot"? Thank you!

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    Re: Where the bicycles park

    We have bike racks in the UK too. If they have a roof, they're called 'bicycle shelters'. There's also the term 'bicycle shed', but this is often used to refer to breaking the rules at school - 'kissing behind the bicycle sheds', 'smoking behind the bicycle sheds'...

    'Parking lot' suggests cars to me. I've heard 'bicycle park' (and also 'buggy park' - where parents of toddlers leave their buggies).

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    Re: Where the bicycles park

    Very good! I think I got my answer. Thank you!

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