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Saturday, August 27, 2011
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Cyclists are Banned from Mayfair

As some of you know, I ride with a great group in Wauwatosa called the Tosa Spokesmen. This morning, we were riding from Cafe Hollander in the Village to Pewaukee Lake. Part of our standard route is to take North Ave. west, and then cut over to Center St. through the Mayfair Mall parking lot. This morning, we had a rather large group of 20 cyclists, and got to Mayfair around 7:15 AM. At this time on a Saturday of course, the mall is closed, and the parking lot was completely empty. So we did as we normally do, and turned into the parking lot off of North Ave. at 104th St. and stayed to the western eastern edge of the parking lot heading towards the northern edge so we could cross Hwy 100 onto Center St. at the stop light.

About halfway through the parking lot, a mall cop drove up next to us, not on a Segway unfortunately, but in a sedan. He told us through his car window that this was private property and that cyclists weren't allowed. We told him that we'd be exiting the mall at Center St. and be out of his hair soon. He then drove up next to us again closer to Center St. and told us once again that it was private property, and we weren't welcome.

Now then, it's difficult to say what his problem was. First of all, we've been using this method to avoid Hwy 100 and North Ave. for years without trouble. And as I said before, the mall was closed, and the parking lot was empty. We were disturbing nobody. Whatever his reasons, he made it perfectly clear that cyclists are not welcome at Mayfair Mall.

So I would heed their warning. Do not ride your bike to Mayfair for any reason, especially if you plan on shopping there. In fact, if you own a bike and enjoy riding it, I would suggest you stay clear from Mayfair Mall as well. They may not let you in if they find out you own a bike.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011 5:48:26 PM (Central Daylight Time, UTC-05:00)
Have you called the mall to tell them about this? More than likely they contract out their security (but don't quote me on that), and even if he does work for them directly, you may have simply been dealing with an overzealous security guard who was compensating for the fact that he's not a real cop.

Mind you, I'm not defending Mayfair Mall; living in Franklin, I rarely have reason (or desire) to go there (I'm far more likely to go to Southridge), and I do agree with you that whoever this guard works for, he was out of line. You were posing no threat and have been doing this for years, so the problem was most likely with the security guard.
Friday, September 02, 2011 5:08:41 PM (Central Daylight Time, UTC-05:00)
Mr. Schweitzer,

Please feel free to change your headline at your earliest convenience, as cyclists are NOT banned from Mayfair. Mayfair does not have any sedan, we have Ford Escape security vehicles patroling our property, and I have spoken with every officer working on that shift and cannot find anyone who had any contact with your group on that day at that time.

We even reviewed our camera footage and couldn't identify your group on that day, at that I am confused with whom you had contact with that morning. Feel free to contact me at the office if you'd like to discuss further.

But rest assured, cyclists are welcome provided they use the facility and obey the traffic signs for everyone's safety.

Happy riding Tosa Spokesmen.

Stephen Smith
Senior General Manager
Stephen Smith
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 1:56:48 PM (Central Daylight Time, UTC-05:00)
So a libertarian is upset that a private enterprise is protecting their property/investment within their rights as property owners?
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 2:04:01 PM (Central Daylight Time, UTC-05:00)
I think you don't understand what being a Libertarian means. You will notice that I never asked anyone to pass a law, or have any government intervention. I merely advertised to people what Mayfair's policy seemed to be. As it turns out, there may in fact be a anti-cycling vigilante at work at Mayfair, not an actual security guard.

The point being, I used my free speech rights to let people know that I thought Mayfair had a stupid policy, and that they should act according to that policy. If Mayfair wanted to continue, and risk potential business, then that's their call which they are free to make. But that doesn't preclude me in any way from simply pointing it out.

Just because I complain about something, doesn't mean I insist on government intervention. That's how Republicans and Democrats work. If they think its a bad idea, they pass a law. If I think its a bad idea, I stop shopping there and tell my friends.
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