This is a photograph of THE bicycle stand at my local supermarket at Britomart. As you can see in the picture another cyclist turned up while Husband and I were occupying THE bicycle stand and had to lock his/her bicycle to the railings. There is a relatively large concrete area in front of THE bicycle stand and one can only imagine that it's purpose is to provide an area from which to admire THE (one and only) bicycle stand.
Contrast this with the bicycle parking facilities in Japan reported by Mikael.
This supermarket is in the centre of the city and must service thousands of local residents. This lone bicycle rack provides silent comment on cycling in Auckland.