How to lock your bike at a bad bike rack
Bad bike rack? Human ingenuity to the rescue.
This picture demonstrates the method to use to lock your bike to the vertical slot-style bike rack. This style of bike rack is not designed to function with the U-lock style bike lock.
The picture demostrates the two ways you can secure your bike to this style of rack. The obvious one is the over-the-top method. It works quite well. The second method is to lock your bike to the end of the rack. Watch for loose or missing bolts on the rack, someone could walk way with your bike with the lock still attached. Notice the stealth paint job on the bike in the photo. You want an inconspicuous .
Another location, same solution.