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A new kind of problem: Where to park your bike?

Casie Gillette locks her bike to a crowded rack as she arrives for work in Boston.
Casie Gillette locks her bike to a crowded rack as she arrives for work in Boston.Jessica Rinaldi For The Boston Globe

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Casie Gillette was eager to look at jewelry and get a grilled cheese at the SoWa Open Market on a recent weekend, but parking in the South End was tight, and she was forced to circle the block before finally landing a spot.

For her bicycle.

“I got rid of my car because I was tired of parking,” the Southie resident said, “and now I have a new kind of problem.”

No rider has yet to mark her spot with a toilet or a garbage can, but with a growing number of cyclists competing for limited places to lock up safely, riders are starting to suffer from a condition made famous by their vehicular counterparts: parking monomania.

“It’s on your mind the whole day,” said Andy Clinkman, an account co-ordinator who bikes to his job at Kel & Partners in the Seaport District.

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