A strange story out of Waterloo has Susan Fish getting her bike slapped with an extra lock by building management for locking her bike outside coffee shop while she goes in to get a coffee. The full story can be found at the Waterloo Chronicle website and also at Take The Lane.
I've seen the odd warning about bikes not being welcome to lock to a pedestrain railing here in Toronto, and this makes sense as the railing are for the comfort and safety of the pedestrians who need it. But I've not ever heard of something this extreme in Toronto.
Does this kind of thing still happen in Toronto? Where, and by whom?
One of the spokes of Toronto's Bike Plan is bike parking and the city has published guidelines that should eventually become a city wide by-law for developers for new buildings, and for building owners who are renovating buildings in the city. I think mandating bicycle parking is a good idea, and these are good guidelines to be starting with.